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Essential Lightwave V9: The Fastest And Easiest Way To Master Lightwave 3D Paperback – June 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1598220247 ISBN-10: 1598220241 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (June 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598220241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598220247
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is well written informative with clear details.
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In order to get the most out of this masterpiece, be sure to do EVERYTHING the book says, in the order that it tells you to do it.
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I am a complete beginner to 3D animation and this book really helped me to get going.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JeffrySG on July 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Well, I'll keep this pretty short. I can't really recommend this book enough. I'm fairly new to LW and this book has been a tremendous help. Even on areas where I though I was up to speed I keep on learning new things. The book starts off with a general introduction to 3d, and then has main chapters covering topics such as modeling, lighting, animating, texturing, rendering, etc. Then it moves onto more intermediate and advanced chapters and projects.

What I like best is that each mini-area is followed by a simple illustrated example that makes it very easy to understand and see it in use. Also, the way the book is broken up into sections, if you don't really want to read up on animation right that second you can just move on to the next area without feeling too lost (and hopefully go back to that section later).

I will also point out that the book comes with hours and hours (about 14 I think) of tutorial videos that cover a broad range of topics including new 9.2 features. These videos alone are worth the price of the book. (Just as a note, if there are any videos that don't work on your DVD, go to publishers website for info on how to get them) As this book covers so many areas, especially many 9.2 new features, it really is good for all different levels.

Have fun riding the Wave...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steamwerx on November 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is book contains some of the clearest explanations of Lightwave tools I have ever read. What makes this work as more than a reference (which it certainly will be for a good while) is that the tools or features are explained along with some genuine use cases for when you'd want to use such a capability. The example usages are well written and easily to visualize thanks to generous illustrations. Yes, they are small, but are well labeled.

I much prefer the Essential series (also own Essential Lightwave 8) for its concise descriptions and get-to-the-point examples. The information density here is excellent. Little if any fluff. Unlike the previous version, this one is divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections which might help guide your reading. I found the section on projection mapping to be worth the purchase of the book alone. I've read the Lightwave PDFs, the Wordware Lightwave Texturing book as well as numerous help forums, and web sites and I've not once had UV mapping explained so well. The tutorial on how to build a UV map for a fighter jet goes through not only the unwrapping process but the types of maps you might want to try to make better textures. This type of pragmatic advice above and beyond the goals of the tutorial are some of the great hidden benefits to this book. Often tutorials will just go far enough to explain how to do something without much hinting as to why.

Take the discussion on sub-patching as another example in the Advanced Modeling section. I've worked with sub-patch modeling for years and was always curious as to how pros decided when to use it or not. As it turns out my way of thinking was pretty close to the contents, but it always helps to read someone else's impressions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MBK on August 8, 2007
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This is a very awesome LightWave book. The video tutorials that come on the DVD are priceless themselves. Either beginner or intermediate, this book is a gem to your 3D training.

The video tutorials, Steve Warner goes slow and in depth, not like some of these DVD training videos that click on the mouse like maniacs with no explainations of what they are doing . The video tutorials are clear to see, no blurry or fuzzy pictures

The one thing I wish this book and other lightwave book had was glossy/colored images. Even though these images are on the DVD I still think it is essential to have them printed in color or at least have the images colored.Sometimes when I am reading these books, I am not at my computer (I love to read in resturaunts for some reason)so I don't always have the ability to reference from the DVD, coloed images would be awesome.
I know that would make the book cost more, but I would pay the extra for sure.
Black and White images just don't cut it in an art style book.
Just my 2cents!

But overall the information in this book deserves 10 Stars
A++++

way to go Steve, thanks for your hard work in putting this together-
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Calvin C. Mcgaugh on October 3, 2007
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...if only I'd had this book 3 years ago!

I bought LightWave8 a few years ago, and was unable to get past the text-only interface, and put it aside after about a month of frustration.

In the last 3months I've tried at least 10 other 3D apps, including LW9 again. I would really like to be able to use it, but again, couldn't crack the gui.

As a result, I settled on another 3D app (email me if you want to know which & why)...I'm very happy with the other program, but the point is,
I may have stayed with LW9 if I only had the right learning tool to begin with.

This book is phenomenal...well printed and well laid out as well.

The first thing that struck me about this book (besides the striking cover and the thickness) is the attitude of the authors. Up front in the dedication they write with heart-felt empathy:

"To all those who have yearned to create great works with LightWave yet
found themselves facing a steep and seemingly insurmountable learning curve...we know exactly how you feel. This book was written for you. We hope that it causes you to grow in your skills and inspire others with your wonderful artistic visions."

And you can tell they put their hearts & souls into it. The book is a chunk, no getting around it, but it is packed with well written and solid information. And when you add the video tutorials, it's an incredible
learning tool.

I'm committed to another app for now, but when time permits, I'll
get back to LightWave....I feel a lot better about it now...I don't have
the sense of forboding as I used to, now that I have Steve, Kevin & Timothy to show me the way.

Thanks, guys!!!
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