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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: CGschool (formerly 3DATS) (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979281105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979281105
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,687,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Boeykens on February 26, 2010
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For starters, this book is one of the best books on architectural visualization. And if you use 3ds max, there is little reason not to order it. Even if you have real experience. It is complete, well written and well structured.

But, and you might call this nitpicking from my part, I have some comments and questions. They mostly pertain to the first chapters of the book.

I understand AutoCAD 2D drawings are still important, but I was a bit irritated that it is assumed architects don't make 3d models at all. With the strong rise of ArchiCAD and Revit BIM applications and SketchUp for quick modeling, I felt a missed opportunity to talk about best practices working and collaborating with designers who are really making 3d models. Maybe BIM models have too much geometry (and overlapping faces and erroneous normals and wrong UV)? Maybe there is little reason for a BIM model to be outsourced to a visualization firm for making professional renderings?

But as an architect (now researcher), with experience in ArchiCAD, AutoCAD 2D and 3D, VectorWorks 2D and 3D, 3ds Max, Cinema4D, SketchUp, Strata3D and some (many) other applications, for more than 15 years already, I find it hard to believe that there is no virtue on starting with existing 3d models.

One of the strong points of BIM software is the possibility to parametrically control 3d Windows, doors and other objects. I assume this beats remodeling them from scratch. And the way e.g. ArchiCAD properly assigns UV coordinates to curved walls, makes the mapping survive pretty well in visualization. Just use low-res maps in CAD and high-res, complex shaders (with same realworld size) in visualization. For me, this is more productive than adjusting mapping afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book and I have to say, this is without a doubt, one of the best 3D books I have ever read. I've also taken this class from Brian as well as his Vismasters Vray Video training. I have not been disappointed yet.

Brian is a natural teacher and it shows. Unlike other DVD's/books/tutorials, people will skip over things or just not covers some important aspects of the topic. Not Brian. He leaves nothing untouched and explains it so well, It's impossible not understand.

I would highly recommend this book or anything from Brian for that matter to anyone who is looking to further their knowledge in the 3D/Architectural World
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By M. Henzen on December 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm from Holland so please don't mind my English' I think your book is a great help for people that want to learn (more) about Architectural Visualization. I personally think it has some great examples and does not only teach the how-to `s in 3d "arts" but also the beginning and the end of the pipeline from conceptualizing to making a contract and the do's and don'ts on the business-side of the 3d-fun.
To be short a big awesome help '
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By Susan Moses on December 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book and the title that precedes this, '3ds Max 2008 Architectural Visualization-Beginner to Intermediate' are the only two books you'll ever need to master 3ds Max! No need to look elsewhere. You have stumbled upon the most concise, clearly written and easy to understand book on this subject. It also covers the very important business practices of Arch Viz. Many thanks to the author(s) and experts who composed this book.
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By Jeff Brink on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book! I continue to use it on a regular basis for reference. The author is very good at instruction. I will continue to use this book as I progress with max. Also check out the beginner to Intermediate version as well from 3DATS.
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