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Deconstructing the Elements with 3ds Max: Create Natural Fire, Earth, Air and Water without Plug-ins Paperback – December 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0240521268 ISBN-10: 0240521269 Edition: 3rd

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"A detailed, step-by-step guide to creating your own universe. Once again, Pete Draper helps everyone use 3D Max to the max!"--Mark Walsh, Supervising Animator, Pixar

""Deconstructing the Elements with 3ds Max has become a standard, must-have tome for 3ds Max users of all levels. Pete Draper's many years of real-world production chops and ongoing industry writing are unmatched. The clear, step-by-step lessons of this book require no plugins and the final results are feature-film quality assets. I give it my highest mark for recommended learning and training resources pertaining to Autodesk 3ds Max.”--Gary M. Davis, Autodesk 3ds Max Master 2007, 3D Animation & Compositing Specialist, Autodesk Media and Entertainment

"I am instantly blown away by the level of quality and professional content Pete Draper's new book contains. This book very thorough in demonstrating professional and production quality tutorials and exercising production quality work, while being very informative and easy to follow. Definitely the secret weapon to keep in your work desk draw to refer back to on a day to day basis! I thoroughly recommend this book both to beginners and advanced users alike, I am confident everyone will get a lot from this book!"--Allan McKay, VFX Supervisor

"This book is the definitive text on 3ds Max effects using Particles and Dynamics....Pete sets the standard."--Mark Gerhard, Imaginit Technologies

About the Author

a UK-based visual effects animator and artist with 10+ years experience on large and small screen projects. Starting out as a fine artist and designer, his shift to CG animation led to key roles such as Lead and Senior Artist, Head of Media and, more recently, Visual Effects Supervisor / Director. Pete's work covers a broad range of disciplines and genres from visual effects to reconstructions, commercials to in-house training. He currently writes for 3D World magazine, providing tips, tricks, reviews and tutorials for 3ds max and other animation and graphics tools.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521268
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

This book is full of all new tutorials, that take you from start to finish.
Steve
I would definitely recommend this book to both people trying to learn visual effects trickery or to those that have been in the field for a while.
P. Horne
Unfortunately, the advertised in the book link to the website with all files and video tutorials does not work.
Moris Kruler

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Horne on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is very easy to read, and even those who are relatively new to 3D packages will be able to quickly grasp the underlying concepts behind what the book offers. It covers everything from fire to ice, and does a phenomenal job of explaining each step in the process.

I would definitely recommend this book to both people trying to learn visual effects trickery or to those that have been in the field for a while. The only letdown to me is that the image that's on the cover is unfortunately NOT covered in the book. Otherwise, an excellent reference guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian Rivera Moncada on March 23, 2010
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At the begining I was confused because it doesn't have any DVD with the supported files, but later I realize that I had to download them in Peter's web page with a unique passcode at the end of the book, It would be better if you can get a DVD with the book, but you can access to a lot of files including all the effects in the second edition, finally I could create all the effects in the book and some plus effects that I could downloaded
So a fully recomend this book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 5, 2009
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First off the book is great, and Pete Draper comes through again with many great tutorials. This book is full of all new tutorials, that take you from start to finish. If you are familiar with the second edition, then you will want to add this to your 3DSMax Library, as it will increase anyone's knowledge, skills, and ability to create the effects you want. I have read plenty of other books on Max,(lighting, rendering, etc.) but no other book contains straight forward tutorials like these(Deconstructing series). Highly recommend for novices or experienced, everyone can learn from this book.

Pros:Great tutorials, easy to read, pages are in color -makes it nice to see how end result should look.

Cons:Online content -hope they go back to DVD format.

UPDATE: Website is now fixed, and full tutorials are available for downloading.

Also note: Pete personally responded to my post here on Amazon, there are not many authors who would do that, very few indeed. Thanks Pete.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ruslan Burhanov on February 13, 2013
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Sorry to say this, but the Kindle Edition of the book is totally useless.

The main problem is that this book has the same item description for printed and kindle version. But kindle edition is sold by Amazon without a DVD or a download link for the tutorial files given in a printed version. I've contacted Amazon customer service on this issue, they could not help me. I've contacted the publisher (Focal Press), the told me to ask Amazon for the assistance. Looks like a dead end.

Have to return the item.

PS. Same situation with the kindle edition of the 2nd & 3rd editions of the book.
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By Henry G. on August 4, 2012
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I love this book. I teach 3d disciplines in Maya and still recommend this book. It's how to create all kinds of natural phenomenon without plugins of any kind. that's what makes this book so valuable to people looking for a good resource.

Most 3d effects are being done by one "plugin" or another and that makes it hard to give your project a unique feel. I call it lensflareitis. Because you first see a lens flare in Photoshop and are amazed by it, but after seeing it several thousand times, it takes about .5 seconds to know that is how it was done. 3d has that same issue. once you have seen the output of a plugin a few dozen times you will know that the people were using it right out of the box and it removes the luster from the final product.

With that being said what is important for effects is to have a good eye. That is what this book focuses on. It doesn't start with the software or a plugin. It begins a topic in this way. Research your subject. (if it is fire, look at pics of real fire, look at videos of fire, surround yourself with reference and break the effect down into the easiest to digest components). Then apply what you have learned to the core 3d concepts and develop your own look, layer by layer. In this way it makes your effects much more easily "tweaked" into a unique effect that will set you aside from the crowd.

So you can get this book and just do the tutorials, but the real magic to me is the method. Once you get used to it, you will find your own answers and that is more valuable than any other thing you could learn. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It's a gem.

thank you for your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jusin R. Goff on August 10, 2009
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I have the 2nd edition and now own the 3rd. If your a 3D artist and you don't have this book then your out of the loop!
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I didn't get through every tutorial covered in this book but it's easy to see that it covers everything step by step and gives you some really quick and very impressive results. There are also tips on how to create some alterations to the effects and make them even more impressive. There may not be as much overall coverage of the program as in other books but the covered material is very well done.
Best bought as a "bonus" to other books such as the 3ds max bible.
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