Learn 3D animation the easy way with this complete step-by-step guide
Blender For Dummies is the quick and easy guide to learning 3D modeling and animation using the popular, free, open source Blender software. You'll learn how to create models, animate movement, and render well-lit scenes as you more » master the powerful features that rival the more expensive professional animation software. This third edition is updated to cover the latest features added in Blender, including digital sculpting with dynamic topology, rendering with the incredibly powerful Cycles renderer, and more advanced simulation tools. You'll learn the shortcuts and tricks that make creating animation a reality for anyone at any level.
The companion web site provides access to additional tutorials that give you the confidence you need to start animating quickly. This useful guide blends the functionality of a reference with the hands-on learning that develops your skills and understanding in a flash.
* Create 3D objects with meshes, curves, and surfaces
* Add color, texture, shades, reflections, and transparencies
* Set your models in motion with animation and rigging
* Create expert-level scenes with lighting and camera placement
If you want to learn 3D animation, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars getting started, Blender is just the solution you need. Blender For Dummies is the ultimate learning companion. « less
Learn the techniques required to create believable and stunning visuals with Blender Compositor
Blender Compositing allows you to assemble and enhance an image (or movie). Using Composition nodes, you can glue two pieces of footage together and colorize the whole sequence all at once. You can enhance the colors of a single image or an entire movie clip in a static manner or in a dynamic way that more » changes over time (as the clip progresses).
Blender Compositing and Post Processing enables you to attain a firm grounding in order to arrive at a desired look of the film, with more ease and efficiency. You will also learn how to create and manage compositing flows that are effective and productive in meeting project deadlines. « less
Over 40 recipes to help you create stunning materials and textures using the Cycles rendering engine with Blender
Cycles is Blender's new, powerful rendering engine. Using practical examples, this book will show you how to create a vast array of realistic and stunning materials and texture effects using the Cycles rendering engine.
Blender 2.6 Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook is a practical journey into more » the new and exciting Cycles rendering engine for Blender. In this book you will learn how to create a vast array of materials and textures in Cycles, including glass, ice, snow, rock, metal and water. If you want to take your 3D models to the next level, but don't know how, then this cookbook is for you! « less
Bring your ideas to life in Blender and learn how to design beautiful, light, and strong 3D printed objects
Like computing, 3D printing has been around for decades but it was expensive and was only used for making complex prototypes. Now, prices have dropped and third-party printing services such as Shapeways have become available, making the technology available to everyone.
Blender is an open source modeling more » and animation program popular in the 3D printing community. 3D printing demands more of a modeler than animation or virtual reality. The model maker must engineer their model to work in the real world. They must keep in mind the particular needs of the materials and printers that they are planning to use to print their model.
This practical guide gives Blender users all the information they need to design high-quality 3D printed objects. With a solid exploration of the 3D modeling process, design considerations for 3D printing, plus step-by-step exercises, you will soon be comfortable making 3D objects for real-world enjoyment. Starting with an overview of 3D printing, this guide moves onto to precision measurement, fixing problems in a 3D model, and how to make it light and strong enough for real-world use.
You will learn how to scale, build, and detail a model for a 3D printer. You will learn to color and decorate it, as well as making parts precisely in the size you want them, so that multi-part objects fit together smoothly. You will also learn tips on saving money when you have printed your model. « less
Over 50 recipes to help you master the Lighting and Rendering model using the Blender Cycles engine
Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. It provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics applications in more » the world.
Modern GPUs have some limitations for rendering complex scenes. This is mainly because of limited memory, and interactivity issues when the same graphics card is also used for displaying and rendering frames. This is where Cycles rendering engine comes into play. Cycles is bundled as an add-on with Blender. Some of the features of Cycles is its quality, speed and having integrated industry standard libraries. « less
Open Source 3D Modeling, Animation, and Game Design
A new world of creative possibilities is opened by Blender, the most popular and powerful open source 3D and animation tool.
The book starts with the creation of simple figures using basic modeling and sculpting. It then teaches you how to bridge from modeling to animation, and from scene setup to more » texture creation and rendering, lighting, rigging, and ultimately, full animation. You will create and mix your own movie scenes, and you will even learn the basics of games logic and how to deal with games physics.
Whether you are new to modeling, animation, and game design, or whether you are simply new to Blender, this book will show you everything you need to know to get your 3D projects underway. « less
Each chapter develops a different aspect of a Blender technique. The book is essentially a step-by-step tutorial, which builds up your knowledge throughout. It has practical examples such as lighting a tricycle in open space, lighting a wine bottle on a table, and lighting a room that has a lamp as well more » as sunlight coming in through the window. These examples will show you how to implement the different Blender techniques in your work. If you are a Blender user and you want to improve the quality of your renders, this book is for you. You need to have experience in Blender and know your way around the Blender interface. You may be a professional or freelancer or hobbyist willing to increase the quality of your portfolio and interested in adding perfection to your renders. « less
In this book you'll learn how to create super-real 3D models of machines using Blender. Three projects, covering a hand weapon, a spacecraft, and a transforming robot, give you all the step-by-step instructions you need.
* Walk through the complete process of building amazing machines
* more » Model and create mechanical models and vehicles with detailed designs
* Add advanced global illumination options to the renders created in Blender 3D using YafaRay and LuxRender
* Create machines such as a handgun, a steam punk spacecraft, and a transforming robot
***** Who This Book Is For *****
This book targets game designers/developers, artists, and product designers who want to create realistic images, 3D models, and videos of machines. You are expected to have experience with basic Blender operation, as the book is not a 'getting started' tutorial.
***** What You Will Learn *****
* Learn the tools and options to use YafaRay to render your images
* Arrange a three-point light system, which produces light for renderings where a single object is the main focus of the image
* Create a steam punk spacecraft with minute detailing and more UV Mapping techniques to add extra realism to the model
* Use Edge Modeling to create, place, and shape different sections and then connect them together to create a base model
* Produce cables and wires by using a combination of curves and surfaces
* Make use of textures to generate shadows and the impression of depth in models
* Make an object look old by adding dust to its texture
* Use, set up, and create combustion flares with particles in Blender 3D
* Set up composite nodes, and create glare and glow effects with them
* Create a photorealistic space environment for the spacecraft with stars and planets using vertices and Halo materials, and add textures to them
* Create a curve, and make any type of object use this curve as a path for animation in Blender
* Construct an amazing robot that can change its shape and transform itself into a military vehicle
***** In Detail *****
Blender 3D provides all the features you need to create super-realistic 3D models of machines for use in artwork, movies, and computer games. Blender 3D 2.49 Incredible Machines gives you step-by-step instructions for building weapons, vehicles, robots, and more.
This book will show you how to use Blender 3D for mechanical modeling and product visualization. Through the pages of the book, you will find a step-by-step guide to create three different projects: a fantasy weapon, a spacecraft, and a giant robot. Even though these machines are not realistic, you will be able to build your own sensible and incredible machines with the techniques that you will learn in this book along with the exercises and examples.
All the three sections of this book, which cover three projects, are planned to have an increasing learning curve. The first project is about a hand weapon, and with that we can image a small-sized object with tiny details. This first part of the book will show you how to deal with these details and model them in Blender 3D.
In the second project, we will create a spacecraft, adding a bit of scale to the project, and new materials and textures as well. With this project, we will be working with metal, glass, and other elements that make the spacecraft. Along with the object, a new space environment will be created in the book too.
At the end we have a big and complex object, which is the transforming robot. This last part of the book will cover the modeling of two objects and show how you can make one transform into the other. The scale and number of objects in this project are quite big, but the same principles as in the other projects are applied here with a step-by-step guide on how to go through the workflow of the project. « less
Create photorealistic 3D architectural visualizations of buildings, interiors, and environmental scenery
This book is about creating realistic models of building exteriors and interiors, and surrounding environment and scenery. This book is for architects, game designers, artists, or movie makers who want to create realistic buildings, interiors, and scenery using Blender 3D, a free, open-source graphics more » tool. This book is not a general introduction to Blender, but focuses on developing expertise on the architectural aspects of the tool. Readers need not have prior knowledge of Blender. « less
Simulating the Physical World with Blender 3D
Learn all about Blender, the premier open-source 3D software, in Bounce, Tumble, and Splash!: Simulating the Physical World with Blender 3D . You will find step-by-step instructions for using Blender's complex features and full-color visual examples with detailed descriptions of the processes. If you're more » an advanced Blender user, you will appreciate the sophisticated coverage of Blender's fluid simulation system, a review Blender's latest features, and a guide to the Bullet physics engine, which handles a variety of physics simulations such as rigid body dynamics and rag doll physics. « less