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Photoshop 3D for Animators 1st Edition
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Instead, it is a book that's geared more towards laying the groundwork necessary for learning animation in Photoshop. The main focus of the book is on explaining the use of the 3D tools in Photoshop (first introduced in CS3) and on how to use Photoshop in conjunction with 3D modeling programs (like Adobe Acrobat 3D, 3D Studio Max, Maya, and Google Sketchup) and animation programs (like Flash and After Effects).
The topics covered include 3D Tools in Photoshop, 3D Objects in Photoshop, Repoussé, Textures and 3D Painting, Lighting, and 3D Camera Views. Do note that Photoshop 3D is not a full-featured 3D program that allows you to construct 3D objects from scratch (although it provides a predefined set of 3D shapes you can work with). To make full use of the 3D feature, you would need to import 3D models that you've constructed in other 3D programs.
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The book also includes helpful information on system configuration, setting up Workspaces and Keyboard Shortcuts, and managing resources with Adobe Bridge.
Bottom line: You don't need to be an animator to make profitable use of the book. Photoshop 3D For Animators is a thorough and concise guide for learning the 3D manipulation tools in Photoshop (Extended version). Highly recommended for both animators and non-animators.
Photoshop 3D For Animators is formatted like an ongoing lesson from start to finish, and progresses through concepts and applications for each tool. The text typically introduces an idea, then backs it up with step-by-step instructions. Even better, the included DVD has plenty of models so you can follow along and actually put the ideas to use right away. This is essential for getting new tools into your brain quickly and making the ideas stick.
Rafiq starts with general 3D concepts and moves to the more specific tools, including Repoussé and working with lights and cameras. In fact, these tools are each given their own chapters, alongside chapters dedicated to 3D textures and developing animations. The breakdown is very logical, and each chapter builds on the previous materials to help new users integrate the features more readily.
The animation sections are thorough, and while I don't do animation myself, I found the chapter on preparing for renders to be chock-full of great tips on setting up for video. There are even sections on integrating with Flash and AfterEffects, as well as 3rd party tools like Daz|Studio and Strata, and importing from supported sites like 3DVia. If I have one criticism, it's that these chapters could be expanded to include additional tools, but the information that is provided is very solid.
As for readability, the format is really aimed at working through the book from start to finish.Read more ›
If you Google for tutorials on 3D you'll be spending a lot of time and in return will be receiving fragmented information at best. Think in terms of this book as being a college text, say Animation 101 for beginner and intermediate users. You may feel a bit overwhelmed when you start, but if you are determined to learn the content step-by-step, you'll walk away from the last page feeling confident in your ability to work with 3D techniques. The included DVD has 75 images "with source files, working samples, and models." It must be noted here that if you open the DVD package, you cannot return the book. For those who really are interested in what they are buying, I'll try to give you a very brief overview of what you'll find in the pages of this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this book for its clear descriptions of Photoshop CS5 3D tools, however I don't know if I simply have a duff disk insert but the files referred to in exercises simply aren't... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Mr. A. G. Laws
Because I was happy with the service. Every thing was on time and up to date. The product was every I was told it would be.Published on December 18, 2012 by Donald M. Johnson
PhotoShop benefitted from the acquisition of Macromedia - this integration enables the use of Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, After Effects etc. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Paul M. Provencher
This is a good overview of Photoshop's 3D ability but I found myself wishing the book had better graphics and was laid out clearly. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Brad Teare
Adobe CS5 can process 3D models into Photoshop with the ability to customize, edit and animate. This is great for Animators, and this book explains in detail how to use these new... Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Jim Francis
This is a great book. It helps you understand the world of 3D animation. This book is great for beginners and more advanced animators. Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by TosaTat
This is an excellent book. It leads you through the fascinating world of 3D
in an understandable and concise way covering and describing the 3D tools of
Photoshop CS5... Read more
Like most Focal press books this one is well illustrated and informative. Some chapters like the first one on hardware utilization will not be very useful to most people because it... Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by bunnyrabbit4
For quite a while I have wanted to check out the new 3d tools in Photoshop and have tried, unsuccessfully, to do so myself. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by Michele