3ds Max 5 for Windows (Visual QuickStart Guide)

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Welcome to 3ds max Studio 5! You, too, can be a hot-shot 3D designer--if you can figure out how to use the high-end, industry standard 3-D animation and modeling software! Lucky for you, you've come to the right place: 3ds max 5 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide provides all the instruction you need to get up and running quickly using the world's most popular 3-D animation software. Although 3-D computer animation can be an intimidating topic, this updated volume guide removes the fear factor from learning by breaking the process down into manageable tasks. Award-winning artist and teacher Michele Matossian uses step-by-step instructions peppered with plenty of screen shots to lead you through the basics of 3ds max. After introducing you to the program's interface, navigation, and display tools, the guide goes on to cover modeling and transforming objects, surface mapping, rendering, and creating full-fledged animations. Along the way, you'll also find plenty of insider tips and techniques, as well as in-depth coverage of all of the program's new features, including a streamlined interface, expanded scripting options, enhanced character animation, and more. If you¿re ready to enter the world of 3ds max 5, you need this guide.

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3DS Max 5 has a wide and deep feature set that’s often intimidating to a new user, but in 3DS Max 5 Visual QuickStart Guide Michele Matossian presents the program in a manageable way for new users. Part of the Visual QuickStart series, the best thing in books for users new to a particular software package, this friendly tutorial book succeeds in getting the new user up to speed.

One of the best features of this book is the clear, clean layout and the speed with which it gets the reader into the program. The book first covers installation and a quick tour of the interface, but the second chapter quickly leaps into creating objects. Not just basic cubes, either--it explores the different ways of creating different object types. The reader immediately gets a feel for both the book and the application while learning how to build 3D objects.

The remaining sections go into much greater detail on modeling, as well as most other aspects of the program. Lighting, cameras, materials, animating an object, creating compound shapes, and more is not just discussed but demonstrated. On nearly every page, the user is asked to put down the book and do something. It’s almost impossible to walk away from this book without a firm grasp of how 3D Studio Max works.

Experienced users might be frustrated with the shallow coverage found in the Visual QuickStart series, but these books are designed for new users. Missing here is detailed (or any) information on scripting, texturing, network rendering, or integrating 3DS Max with other applications. However, it’s unlikely that new users will need this kind of information, and there is more than enough information to keep the beginner busy. 3DS Max 5 Visual QuickStart Guide makes learning this broad and deep tool easy and fun. --Mike Caputo

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3ds max 5 for Windows (Visual QuickStart Guide) [This book was originally cataloged in April 2003 catalog.]HEADLINE: The most efficient, affordable, must-have guide to the leading 3--D modeling and animation application for Windows. BULLET POINTS:* Award-winning artist and teacher, Michele Matossian, covers all 3ds max 5's new features, including streamlined interface and expanded scripting options.* Popular format functions as a tool for learning 3D modeling, animation, and rendering, and as a handy reference.* The most affordable, comprehensive book onguide to 3ds max 5 on the market.SUMMARY:With 3ds max 5 ($3,495 SRP, $795 upgrade), illustrators, animators, game designers, and special effects designers can create and animate dazzling, highly realistic 3-D graphics such as those seen in summer blockbusters like Minority Report and Spider-Man. The software's complex interface and powerful technology can be intimidating to newcomers, but the 3ds max 5 for Windows (Visual QuickStart Guide) breaks the process down into manageable tasks to remove the fear factor. The amply illustrated, task-based format also makes the book an invaluable reference for experienced users upgrading to the new version. This is an efficient but authoritative guide, fully updated by master teacher and illustrator Michele Matossian. After a thorough introduction to the program's interface, navigation, and display tools, Matossian gets to the real heart of this QuickStart Guide: modeling and transforming objects, surface mapping, 3-D rendering and animations. She covers all of the program's new features, including enhanced character animation, the Active Shade interactive renderer, improved UV mapping tools, advanced lighting and shadows, and more, and presents them in the straightforward, well-paced style that characterizes the Visual QuickStart Guide series. This book is essential for anybody wanting to gain or enhance professional skills in 3ds max 5.With 3ds max 5 ($3,495 SRP, $795 upgrade), illustrators, animators, game designers, and special effectsdesigners can create and animate dazzling, highly realistic 3D graphics such as those seen in summer blockbusters like Minority Report and Spider-Man and in scientific and medical publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine. That's one reason so many art schools offer 3ds max training to aspiring professionals. The complex interface and powerful technology underlying 3D animation and modeling software can be intimidating to newcomers, but the 3ds max 5 for Windows (Visual QuickStart Guide) breaks the process down into manageable tasks to remove the fear factor. The amply illustrated, task-based format also makes the book an invaluable reference for experienced users upgrading to the new version. This is an efficient but authoritative guide, fully updated by master teacher and illustrator Michele Matossian. After a thorough introduction to the program's interface, navigation, and display tools, Matossian gets to the real heart of this QuickStart Guide: modeling and transforming objects, surface mapping, 3-D rendering and animations. She covers all of the program's new features, including enhanced character animation, the Active Shade interactive renderer, improved UV mapping tools, advanced lighting and shadows, and more, and presents them in the straightforward, well-paced style that characterizes the Visual QuickStart Guide series. This book is essential for anybody wanting to gain or enhance professional skills in 3ds max 5.AUTHOR:Michele Matossian, MFA, is an award-winning artist with more than 10 years of college teaching experience. Her work has appeared in games, galleries, Web sites, magazine ads, and medical and scientific education CD-ROMs. The founder of Lightweaver Communications, Michele provides e-learning consulting services to corporations and education institutions. For more information, see lightweaver. AUDIENCE:Beginning to intermediate 3ds max 5 users and experienced 3-D designers looking for a quick reference to all of the new features in this industry-standard animation and modeling program.WEB COPY: Welcome to 3ds max Studio 5! You, too, can be a hot-shot 3D designer-if you can figure out how to use the high-end, industry standard 3-D animation and modeling software! Lucky for you, you've come to the right place: 3ds max 5 for Windows (Visual QuickStart Guide) provides all the instruction you need to get up and running quickly using the world's most popular 3-D animation software. Although 3-D computer animation can be an intimidating topic, this updated volume guide removes the fear factor from learning by breaking the process down into manageable tasks. Award-winning artist and teacher Michele Matossian uses step-by-step instructions peppered with plenty of screen shots to lead you through the basics of 3ds max. After introducing you to the program's interface, navigation, and display tools, the guide goes on to cover modeling and transforming objects, surface mapping, rendering, and creating full-fledged animations. Along the way, you'llYou'll also find plenty of insider tips and techniques, as well as in-depth coverage of all of the program's new features, including a streamlined interface, expanded scripting options, enhanced character animation, and more. If you're ready to enter the world of 3ds max 5, you need this guide. .CATALOG COPY: There's no better way to get up- to- speed quickly on the visually stunning-and stunningly complex-3ds max 5. The task-based reference, abundantly illustrated with screen shots and augmented with plenty of valuable tips, covers all the essential modeling and animation features, including the newly streamlined interface, expanded scripting options, enhanced character animation, and more. The best-priced introduction to 3ds max 5 is also a must-have handy reference for experienced users.

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