The LightWave 7.5 Primer Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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About the Author
Patrik Beck is the founder of Electric Crayon Studios, and is a full-time animator, instructor, and an original LightWave user. He is also the author of the popular LightWave 6.5/7.0 Project Handbook.
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This book doesn't explain it all. That takes more than 350 pages. It seems to skim the surface, and there's lots of surface to be skimmed! This is a four or five book program. The included program manual is very complete, but such a dry read you won't believe. Kinda like the early Photoshop manuals.
A 3D package is basically lots of programs rolled into one. Modeling, texturing, lighting, animating, rendering. All these could be there own area of study. Mr. Beck's book does a fine job of introducing the basics of each of these to the reader.
Only a few noticible typos and errors are found through the whole book. The appendices of CD content and system requirements should definitly be at the beginning of the book. And although the book is chatty enough and very approachable I found that it ended a bit abruptly. But these are basically nits I'm picking. After completing this book I feel more ready to dive into some of the other Lightwave books out there.
There is some good information in here, and the book is fairly light reading, but the book tries to be too general and doesn't provide enough coverage of specific topics.
In all fairness, this book would be the perfect textbook for an Intro to Lightwave class. However, if you can model, texture, animate and render a simple object then this book probably won't offer you much. You would be better off buying another book by the same author, "The LightWave 6.5/7.0 Project Handbook"
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