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3.0 out of 5 stars The proofreading could have been better. It does, 26 Nov 2013
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Niall (Manchester, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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There seems to be heavy concentration on the Mac version of the software. The proofreading could have been better. It does, however, give some insight into making reasonably attractive pictures with DAZ, and I'd have loved to have had something like this 5 or so years ago when I first started using it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap print at expensive price, 24 Dec 2013
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Peter Holgate "P_Holgate" (Lincolnshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to DAZ Studio 4 (Paperback)
I've not read the book yet, just glanced through it. I purchased it from the publisher and obtained a free copy in eBook format (Kindle in my case). The eBook illustrations are in full colour, but the printed illustrations are all in (heavy) black & white - not very useful when trying to see any highlighted references, and the paper is not as good quality as one would expect. Thus the one star rating even before reading.

Now that I've read the book, I am unable to change the star rating - it is still only worth the one star.
It seems to be that the images were intended to be printed in B&W only as there are several referrals to the colour image that can be downloaded. Whilst this is useful, it is not practical whilst trying to follow the book's suggested steps within DAZ to hunt for the correct image as well.
The author uses Mac and does a reasonable conversion for Windows users, except at the point that it's most needed, that of installing New Content where he ONLY handles the Mac folder structures.
The title is totally misleading - The Complete Guide to DAZ Studio 4 - as it should be titled "An Overview (Plus) to DAZ Studio 4". The content reasonably covers the basics for beginners but there are so many areas that have not been covered, yet the author deigns to cover (at length 10% of the pages) explaining how to find content on web-sites, another whole chapter on external renderers (including his own DAZ plug-in (25 average cost)) and yet another major chapter (another 10% by page count) on modo (a 3D creation tool) which is not the reason I purchased the book.

To summarise, usable as a beginner, but "Figures, Characters and Avatars: The Official Guide to Using DAZ Studio to Create Beautiful Art" by Les Pardew is a better choice for beginners (I've read that one too and it's in colour), but NOT useful for others trying to go further.
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