To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Photoshop 3D for Animators 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Featured Arduino & Raspberry Pi Resources
Check out these resources for all you need to know on Arduino & Raspberry Pi.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.
For a complete Table of Contents, click on the "Click to LOOK INSIDE" link on the product page.
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.
This book fills the gap between PhotoShop and 3D. This book covers the 3D tools in PhotoShop and provides ways to import other 3D products into PhotoShop.
This book also describes animation using PhotoShop, along with Rendering, integration between PhotoShop and Flash, Integration between PhotoShop and After Effects.
Several third-party tools have been provided on a CD/DVD - DAZ Studio 3D, Strata 3D 3X Suite, 3DVIA.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
in an understandable and concise way covering and describing the 3D tools of
Photoshop CS5...Read more
As with so many things, I only go as far as I need to-never realizing that there is so much more below the layers.