Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
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Blender is a beast. At least to a guy like me that is usual in code and not in user interface tools. Sure I use Xcode, Eclipse, and Visual Studio but they just give me a place to code. I have used Photoshop, GIMP, and Expression Studio which make you depend on the tools available but Blender is in a class of its own.I have downloaded it in the past around the time Big Buck Bunny was first released. I spent a few weeks playing with it, but got nowhere. This book convinced me to take another crack at it and I am really glad I did.The book starts off with an introduction to Blender and a short introduction to GIMP. GIMP is another powerful open source tool the author uses for 2D image editing throughout the book. For a great book on GIMP check out The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything.I have listed all the chapters below to give you an idea of all the high level topics covered. Each chapter is packed with tons of information.1. Introduction to Blender2. Introduction to GIMP3. Preparation4. Blocking In5. Modeling the Details6. Sculpting7. Retopology8. UV Unwrapping9. Hair and Particle Systems10. Texture Baking11. Texture Painting12. Materials13. Lighting14. Rendering and Compositing15. Going FurtherI had Blender open almost the entire time I read the book. It took a little longer to get through because I kept getting sidetracked trying different things, and wanted to be in front of a computer with Blender on it, but I think it was worth it.
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