By renowned Blender artist and teacher Jason van Gumster, Handturkey Studios
Second Edition, for Blender 2.5x!
So you have heard about Blender, the free 3D animation software. You really want to know more about the features of Blender, where to get it, and how to use it. You are in luck! It is all in Blender For Dummies, including Blender software on the bonus DVD.
Because there is a lot to learn about Blender, you will be glad this book takes it step by step. First, you will learn to install the latest Blender release (2.56) and think the Blender way. Then you will start creating 3D objects and setting them in motion with animations and rigging. Soon you will be texturing with Blender, rendering with Blender, and sharing your creations. You will learn how to:
Create almost anything with meshes, save time with the Mirror modifier, and use Blenders secret weapon, Dupliverts
Understand texture mapping, know when to use which type of lamp, and which lighting to use in animation
Work with curves and surfaces, and add color, shades, texture, and reflections
Rig your characters for animation with shape keys, hooks, and armatures, and understand kinematics
Navigate in three dimensions
Make your animations more believable, and let Blender do the animating for you
Use the video sequence editor
Export, render, composite, and edit for output
You even will get tips on common problems new Blender users face and how to avoid them. Blender For Dummies will have you creating eye-popping 3D animations before you know it!
Paperback, 472 pages
Published by Wiley, sold and delivered by the blender.org e-shop
includes DVD with demo files and Blender 2.56
Download a sample Chapter (1.6M).