3D Studio MAX R3 In Depth: Take Your MAX Skills to the Professional Level

Rob Polevoi

Published by Coriolis Group Books, 1999
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Synopsis: The enormous complexity and depth of 3D Studio Max is explored in this installment in the In Depth series from Coriolis Press. Written by an experienced user and teacher, 3D Studio Max R3 in Depth reads like a handbook, course book, and reference manual, all in one. The book starts off with a general overview of how the program thinks and a rundown of the interface. "Working in Max," Part II, describes a working methodology for navigating the program, managing the interface, and using Max efficiently. Part III, "Modeling," is the strongest section in the book. Comprising six chapters, this section compares every method for modeling that's available currently in Max: using primitives, mesh-level control, modifiers, patch, and NURBS modeling. There's enough information here to help any beginner get his or her head around Max's modeling philosophy. The remaining sections discuss materials and textures (Part IV), lighting, camera control and rendering (Part V), and animation (Part VI). The accompanying CD-ROM includes 250 Max scene files that illustrate not only every topic that's covered in the book, but also virtually every tool in Max. Although the book is comprehensive and designed to take the novice to a fairly proficient level, it could easily have a sequel. Some areas not covered include animated texture maps, a deeper look at render effects, and (although the section on animation is good) character animation. The absence of these topics leaves room for deeper coverage of others, however. An inspiring gallery of color images includes some artful and abstract work that is almost worth the cost of the book. It's refreshing to see a program like Max being used in this way, and even more so when the images are given color press. This book might not be the best choice for a strong intermediate user who's looking to advance to the next level, but 3D Studio Max R3 in Depth would make a worthwhile addition to the library of any beginning Max user. --Mike Caputo Discusses the latest updates to the most popular 3D animation and modeling software in the digital design industry. Shows the reader how to render an object for the modeling process, and create 3D animations and visual effects. Highlights the uses of MAX as a character animation tool.

From the Back Cover: Produce professional results with confidence! 3D Studio MAX R3 In Depth provides comprehensive guidance that can be found nowhere else. Starting where the manuals leave off, this book walks you through concepts that concern today's 3D professionals. The visual examples and straight-forward language lead you through all MAX's significant features in a simple, yet insightful, way. Advanced techniques, such as rendering, lighting, and working with textures, are reinforced by their artistic presentation in the book's 32-page color studio. 3D Studio MAX R3 In Depth teaches you how to:
Master and customize the 3D Studio MAX 3 interface.
Use MAX's powerful modifier stack.
Build low-poly models for games and other realtime uses.
Create exciting atmospheric and rendering effects.
Build character skeletons using inverse kinematics.
Develop organic patch and NURBS models.
Precisely map realistic textures to 3D surfaces.
Create and edit animations with Track View.
Edit rendered animations with Video Post.
CD-ROM Contents:
More than 250 MAX files that illustrate practical exercises from the book, covering the entire MAX 3 toolset, including the supporting image files.

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Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
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