- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240813499
- ISBN-13: 978-0240813493
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Rafiq Elmansy is a graphic designer for 10 years with background in traditional art and sculpture. His experience in graphic design includes working in different design projects as well as creative directing. He runs his own design company Pixel Consultations. He is also an Adobe Community Professional, Adobe Certified Expert and the founder and manager of the Adobe user group in Egypt (AUGE). Rafiq is also part of the Adobe Prerelease Program. Rafiq Elmansy is an author in the graphic and design field, his articles are published in Adobe design and developer center, Adobe Edge magazine, communitymx.com and his design blog www.graphicmania.net. Recently, he becomes a Friend of Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations).
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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. It is difficult to drop in to any given spot and pick up something new; you pretty much have to start at least at the beginning of a chapter. This is personal preference, however, and is probably the best choice for classroom situations or those that learn best by taking larger chunks in at a time. Having said this, the text is approachable and clear so it's easy to work from start to finish without getting bogged down.
I believe this book is aimed at classroom settings more than anything else, so if you can set aside a few minutes each session to work through the chapters, you will get a lot out of Photoshop 3D for Animators in a short span of time. This is especially good for those with no previous experience in 3D, but are at least familiar with Photoshop. And no other book on the market right now covers animation with 3D in Photoshop.
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.
**NOTE: This book can be used by either the Mac or Windows user with ease as shortcuts for both are mentioned in tutorials and examples. You will need 1GB RAM for Windows or Mac to work easily in 3D.
A GERNERAL OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK:
You'll learn about system requirements, recommended amount of RAM depending on your operating system, using scratch disks, solving "Out of Ram" error messages, how to utilize your Photoshop workspace, creating individualized workspace, saving and deleting workspaces, how to customize keyboard shortcuts and menus, opening and getting 3D files into Photoshop, working with 3D content, navigating with 3D camera and camera views, changing 3D lighting effects, editing object materials, 3D animation and painting, wrapping 2D layers over 3D objects, built-in 3D shapes, rendering 3D content, and using Adobe Repousse.
SPECIFIC TOPICS COVERED:
* 3D Concepts and Terms
* Adobe Bridge Anatomy
* Compact Mode
* Mini Bridge
* Adobe Bridge Preferences
* Batch Rename
* Save Images as PDF and Web Gallery
* 3D File Formats
* Importing 3D Objects
* Working with the Mesh Shadows
* Editing the 3D Model Meshes
* DICM Files
* Using the 3D Object Control
The 3D Camera Control Tools
* Working with the 3D-Axis Tool
* Rotate View Tool
* Editing 3D Objects Using the 2D Tools
* 3D Postcard
* 3D Shapes
* 3D Meshes from 2D Grayscale Layers
* New Volume from Layers
* 3D Meshes
* The Repousse Dialog Box
* 3D Painting
* Infinite Light
* Spot Light
* Image-Based Light
* Point Light
* 3D Camera Rotate Tool
* Camera Views
* Custom Views
* Working with the Ground Plane
* Working with Multiple Cameras
* Photoshop Timeline
* Creating a 3D Timeline Animation
* Frame Animation
* Creating a Frame Animation
* 3D Render Settings
* Rendering Examples
* File Options
* Render Options
* Prepare Files in Photoshop
* Importing File to Flash as Sequence Images
* PDS Importer
* Importing a File to Flash as Video
* The Integrated Photoshop Resources
* Import Photoshop Files to After Effects
* Understanding the After Effects Timeline
* 3D Objects in After Effects
* Applying After Effects Presets
* Export 3D Animation in After Effects
* Render 3D Animation in After Effects
* DAZ Studio 3D
* Strata 3D CX Suite
Each section provides general guidelines, thorough instructions, and has many illustrations you can use as guidelines. In the back of the book is a thorough index. There are numerous informative sidebars throughout the book, including shortcuts that will help you as you work through the lessons. For example, when you are reading about the 3D Roll tool the sidebar says: "Note: You can switch between the 3D Roll tool and the 3D Slide tool by right-clicking the object when you choose any of them (or by Option-Clicking on the Mac)."
If you want to acquire a thorough grounding in Photoshop 3D for animating, this is the book to buy. You can hone your animating skills without having to pay big $ for a course or spend hours trying to glean bits of information from the Internet. You will obviously need to work hard learning these skills, but I think you'll be quite satisfied with yourself as you progress. I'd say that all things considered, the thorough tutorials provided in this book will be well worth the monies spent with this reference/tutorial.
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