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Blender Foundations: The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.5

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Blender Foundations is the definitive resource for getting started with 3D art in Blender, one of the most popular 3D/Animation tools on the market . With the expert insight and experience of Roland Hess, noted Blender expert and author, animators and artists will learn the basics starting with the revised 2.6 interface, modeling tools, sculpting, lighting and materials th ...more
ebook, 417 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Focal Press (first published July 15th 2010)
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Richard Prins
Oct 16, 2011 Richard Prins rated it really liked it
Good, even though it tries to cover everything that Blender is capable of doing. Too many times that means there is no space (or desire) for going deeper into an aspect, and it is stated as such.

By covering everything it does give you a nuts and bolts approach to making a complete animation (which develops throughout the book) from start to finish, and helps with considering all the (technical, practical, and aesthetic) aspects that go into such a project.

Not for absolute beginners, but suitable
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Steven
Feb 08, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
This is a good, basic, general book that trains you in how to use Blender. The early chapters are good for anyone, and well worth going through in detail. The later chapters, however, will be variously useful depending on how you want to use Blender. For example, I have zero plans to animate anything, and only plan on doing still-shot renders. The chapters on Animations, therefore, were ones I skipped. This is a bit frustrating, because there are nuggets in those chapters that are more generally ...more
Cinematic Cteve
Sep 08, 2015 Cinematic Cteve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blender is one of the most popular 3D computer imaging tools on the market. I downloaded the latest version and realized in about an hour that I would need more than the online tutorials to make sense of this powerful software package. My 3D modeling and rendering experience was nonexistent until I started with Blender, mostly out of curiosity than any vocational need.

Blender Foundations delivers the goods -- just enough information for the complete newbie (c'est moi) to roll up his sleeves and
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Sean
Oct 28, 2010 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: digital artists
Great book for learning this software. It covers a little bit of everything the software can do, a good introduction to it all. Strange that he used an alpha version of the software to write the book around, but things aren't too different in the current beta version.
BhaktiM
Jul 25, 2012 BhaktiM rated it really liked it
It is one of the best blender books. I wish it had some clear, easy to follow written tutorials instead of being one long, rather disjointed tutorial. as a tutorial it falls into the trap off too many aside discussions. But, it is very comprehensive and expert.
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D. Roland Hess has written five technical/arts books, one of which won the National Publishers Association Award for Best Book in Art Instruction in 2011. He honed his craft in the Creative Writing program at UPenn, but gave up the potential glory of starving-artistdom for a career in production art and software development. He currently works as a "Partner Technology Sorcerer" (yes, for reals) at ...more
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