Here's something to get animated about — free 3D animation software and this fun and easy guide!
So you really want to explore 3D animation, but you can't afford one of the high-end 3D graphics programs? Blender was made for you, and it's free! And this book is even friendlier than the open source Blender community. It shows you just what you need to know to turn your ideas into cool movies or games, even if you've never used 3D software before.
Think like Blender — get familiar with Blender's novel way of doing things, especially the unique interface
The basics — start creating 3D objects with meshes, curves, and surfaces, and use the Extrude tool
Lights, colors, and scenes — learn to build detailed 3D models, create characters and props, and light your scenes
Get moving — understand animation curves, rig characters for motion, use particles, and make objects bounce and jiggle
From Blender to something bigger — see how to render your files and move them into a movie file format such as QuickTime
Open the book and find:
Updates and new Blender features
How to save time with hotkeys
Ways to use Modifiers
Tips on adding color and adjusting shader values
All the options for adding texture
How to build a character from skeleton to skin
Basic animation principles
Ten solutions to common problems that new users face
Create realistic animations with this free, open source software
Build 3D objects with meshes, curves, and surfaces
Take advantage of the new interface and other features of Blender 2.56
Install Blender 2.56a from the bonus DVD
Bonus DVD Includes
Blender v 2.56a with installation instructions
A sample Blender movie to illustrate what you can achieve
Other helpful materials to get you going with Blender
Please see the About the DVD Appendix for complete system requirements.
Visit the companion Web site at www.dummies.com/go/blenderfd2e for examples, a link to download Blender, and more!