Blender Foundations: The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.6

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For the longest time the Blender Foundation folks have developed amazing software, premiered ground-breaking animations (Elephant's Dream, Big Buck Bunny, and soon Sintel), and have also delivered consistently strong documentation (in part, perhaps, because the availability of the source code makes it possible for documentation people to "see for themselves" how the software they are trying to document actually works). But when it came to books, those physical manifestations of documentation printed on paper, that was the Blender Foundation's Achilles Heel. The lucid text was betrayed by the most muddy, low-contrast, blocked-up print images I've seen since learning for myself the difference between screen gamma, display gamma and print gamma.

Finally, there is a book that not only documents the latest and greatest that the Blender Foundation has to offer, but it does so with figures and illustrations that actually add to the text instead of insulting it. Good colors, good contrast, good image detail: all these things encourage learning everything about Blender, rather than just the highlights and forgetting about the things lost in the shadows.

If you've tried learning Blender before and found yourself hopelessly lost, give this book a try. The clear text and much clearer illustrations may unlock the secrets you have been hoping to know!

Blender Foundations: The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.6 Overview

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 through rendering, compositing and video editing. Some of the new features covered include the completely re-thought interface, the character animation and keying system, and the smoke simulator.

More than just a tutorial guide, "Blender Foundations" covers the philosophy behind this ingenious software that so many 3D artists are turning to today. Start working today with Blender with the accompanying web site which includes all of the projects and support files alongside videos, step-by-step screenshots of the trickier tutorials, as well as a direct links to official resources like the Blender download site and artist forums.

. A practical, project oriented title on creating high quality 3D art for FREE. Blender is free, Open Source software, which makes it ideal for new users wanting to try 3D with little investment, animation studios looking to increase their capabilities and educational institutions with limited resources in their art departments.

. "Blender Foundations" helps new and old users alike get started with the ALL NEW features and workflows of the forthcoming Blender 2.6.

. "Blender Foundations" offers techniques and tools for the complete Blender workflow, demonstrating a real-world project from start to finish. Hands-on insight is even further applied with the companion website which includes source files at all stages so transitioning users can pick and choose via tool/chapter what they want to explore.

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