Paperback: 575 pages
Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 2 edition (June 17, 2014)
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CRC Press does a great job with technical publications, and Blender Graphics 2nd Ed. is no exception.My bottom-line up-front is that if you're looking for a first book to get you started with Blender or looking to increase your skills past the basic level then this is a great book for you.The first caveat is that the book is written for use with Blender 2.70. There is always a window of opportunity with community developed, freeware like Blender. So, to get full use of this book, you will need to have the 2.70 version of Blender installed.The book tells you where to find Blender (www.Blender.org), but assumes that you have or are able to install and configure Blender as a prerequisite for using the book. (That is a very reasonable assumption. Blender was a breeze to download and install.)The author, Mr. Blaine, has written several previous books on Blender, and he is clearly "in his stride" in this book. The author teams up with Neal Hirsig's on-line Blender course (through Tufts University). There are links to the on-line course throughout the book.The author starts by talking the reader through the Blender interface. This is a sticking point for many users. For Windows users, the left and right mouse button functions tend to be reversed from many other common applications. While you *can* customize the interface, Mr. Blaine and most other Blender users recommend against changing the set-up immediately. There is a logic to it developed over a decade of application and revisions by an enthusiastic user base.The book went the extra step by including a bevy of useful, full color illustrations. Touches like including the short-cut key layout were very nice.
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