Whatever 3D software artists use, Photoshop remains a key tool throughout the production pipeline. The techniques presented in Photoshop for 3D Artists: Volume 1 are intended to show how 2D techniques can be seamlessly blended into the 3D production pipeline, resulting in a high quality image and a versatile and streamlined workflow. The book offers artists the chance to learn from a variety of top professionals, such as Andrzej Sykut, Fabio M. Ragonha, and Zoltan Korcsok, who willingly share the tips and tricks that they have developed over years of working in the 3D industry.
The tutorials in Photoshop for 3D Artists: Volume 1 cover a variety of different subjects, from the initial concept stage through to post-production. Previz and concepts are explored, showing the advantages of using Photoshop to plan and visualize projects. Combining library images in Photoshop to create custom textures is also featured, as well as how Photoshop can be used as an efficient alternative to lengthy render tests by focusing on compositing passes, adding particle effects, and improving light and color adjustments. These post-production techniques are becoming increasingly popular within the industry as Photoshop becomes a more powerful and time-saving tool, enabling almost every 3D artist to enhance their final renders.
With the expertise of individual contributors, the clearly written tutorials, and work-in-progress images, Photoshop for 3D Artists: Volume 1 is a timeless resource for veteran and beginner artists alike.
Open Source Development with CVS, Third Edition, is an updated edition of the best-selling guide to the most widely used version control software for open source developers. This new edition has been enhanced with more value-added material covering third-party tools, remote operation, scalability, client access limits, BitKeeper, and overall server administration for CVS.
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year
The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of animating genius John Lasseter and visionary businessman Steve Jobs, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others. David A. Price goes behind the scenes of the corporate feuds between Lasseter and his former champion, Jeffrey Katzenberg, as well as between Jobs and Michael Eisner. And finally he explores Pixar's complex relationship with the Walt Disney Company as it transformed itself into the $7.4 billion jewel in the Disney crown.
With an Updated Epilogue
With the release of Adobe Creative Suite CS3, Dreamweaver is now part of the world's leading suite of creative tools, making it the de facto tool of choice for anyone designing for the Web. Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach beginning and intermediate users how to create, design, and publish powerful, innovative Web sites with Dreamweaver. Leading technology authors Tom Negrino and Dori Smith take readers step-by-step through the new features in Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, with all new chapters on building dynamic pages with Ajax and Spry, and designing for mobile devices. They also cover improvements to using styles and CSS in Dreamweaver, and the new Browser Compatibility Check in Dreamweaver CS3. Beginning users will learn to create their first Web site, add text, style and position page content, manage styles, work with links, incorporate images, media, tables, forms, and frames, design site navigation, and so much more. Experienced users will find this a convenient reference to the new features of Dreamweaver CS3.
Even if you've never used Macromedia Dreamweaver before, this Visual QuickStart Guide will have you up and running with Macromedia's popular Web authoring program in no time. In this completely updated edition of our best-selling guide to Macromedia Dreamweaver, leading technology authors Tom Negrino and Dori Smith use their trademark crystal-clear instructions and friendly prose to introduce you everything that s new in Dreamweaver 8. Filled with step-by-step, task-based instructions and loads of visual aids, this book explains how to use all of the program's visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support to create stunning, accessible Web sites. Along the way, you'll find extensive coverage of all the program's new features: drag-and-drop integration of XML data feeds, improved CSS support, advanced style rendering toolbar, the industry s first integrated Web accessibility evaluation tool for Section 508 and WCAG 2 checkpoints, and more "
With user-friendly instructions for the leJOS NXJ software, this accessible manual is the perfect launch into LEGO Mindstorms NXT, an incredible kit for building and programming robots. Using Java, the most popular and easy-to-use programming language available, this book helps engineers and amateurs alike design and build their own customized robots, programmed however they desire. A diverse set of projects is accompanied by building tips, programming code, complete 3D-rendered building instructions, and hundreds of illustrations. The NXT intelligent brick s Bluetooth capabilities are introduced, as are the newest available parts, from GPS to the RFID sensor, in this useful handbook that serves as the perfect compliment to the LEGO NXT kit."
Final Cut Pro 2 for FireWire DV Editing...the how and why of independent digital video editing. This guide is a comprehensive introduction to Apple Computer's Final Cut Pro editing system, and the digital video format in general. It provides relevant information about the format's specifications, proper configuration of the basic editing system, and professional tips-all in clear, jargon-free terms. Final Cut Pro 2 for FireWire DV Editing's workbook-approach explains how to setup your desktop studio, edit your digital video, and complete and distribute your project. It provides the information-and the encouragement-every digital video editor needs to complete projects of exceptional quality, from setup and capture to editing, effects work, and output to tape and the web.Roberts' guide is the only Final Cut Pro handbook that provides a detailed, step-by-step format that follows the course of your project as it progresses, defining the drop-down menus and keyboard shortcuts as you'll need them, and answering questions as they arise. Additionally, Final Cut Pro 2 for FireWire DV Editing explains in detail the Apple Macintosh hardware, software, and Firewire DV equipment set up and specifications, so that you'll know what tools you may need--and what you likely won't so that you can most efficiently execute your project.
A handy collection of shortcuts, tips, and tricks to boost your productivity with Office 2010
Microsoft Office is overwhelmingly the number one office productivity suite, and it's now available on the web as well. This handy, step-by-step guide helps you make the most of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, with tips and techniques that optimize these Office applications. Designed for those who learn best visually, it uses numbered steps and full-color screen shots to teach each technique, helping you save time, boost your productivity, and create better documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.A step-by-step guide to great productivity-enhancing shortcuts, tricks, and techniques for the key applications of Microsoft Office 2010Uses numbered steps and full-color screen shots to visually teach a selection of techniquesIdeal for those upgrading from an earlier version of Office and for anyone who wants to use the software more efficiently
"Office 2010 Visual Quick Steps" will help you get more from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
If you want to design 3D animation, here's your chance to jump in with both feet, free software, and a friendly guide at your side Blender For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the perfect introduction to the popular, open-source, Blender 3D animation software, specifically the revolutionary new Blender 2.5. Find out what all the buzz is about with this easy-access guide. Even if you?re just beginning, you'll learn all the Blender 2.5 ropes, get the latest tips, and soon start creating 3D animation that dazzles.
- Walks you through what you need to know to start creating eye-catching 3D animations with Blender 2.5, the latest update to the top open-source 3D animation program
- Shows you how to get the very most out of Blender 2.5's new multi-window unblocking interface, new event system, and other exciting new features
- Covers how to create 3D objects with meshes, curves, surfaces, and 3D text; add color, texture, shades, reflections and transparency; set your objects in motion with animations and rigging; render your objects and animations; and create scenes with lighting and cameras
If you want to start creating your own 3D animations with Blender, Blender For Dummies, 2nd Edition is where you need to start
Need to learn HTML fast? This best-selling reference's visual format and step-by-step, task-based instructions will have you up and running with HTML in no time. In this completely updated edition of our best-selling guide to HTML, Web expert and best-selling author Elizabeth Castro uses crystal-clear instructions and friendly prose to introduce you to all of today's HTML and XHTML essentials. Yoursquo;ll learn how to design, structure, and format your Web site. You'll create and use images, links, styles, lists, tables, frames, and forms, and you'll add sound and movies to your site. Finally, you will test and debug your site, and publish it to the Web. Along the way, you'll find extensive coverage of CSS techniques, current browsers (Opera, Safari, Firefox), creating pages for the mobile Web, and more. Visual QuickStart Guide--the quick and easy way to learn Easy visual approach uses pictures to guide you through HTML and show you what to do. Concise steps and explanations get you up and running in no time. Page for page, the best content and value around. Companion Web site at www.cookwood.com/html offers examples, a lively question-and-answer area, updates, and more. Need to learn HTML fast? This best-selling reference's visual format and step-by-step, task-based instructions will have you up and running with HTML in no time.