Learning Blender

A Hands-On Guide to Creating 3D Animated Characters

Author: Oliver Villar

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 0134665155

Category: Computers

Page: 368

View: 5181

This is the eBook of the printed book and may not include any media, website access codes, or print supplements that may come packaged with the bound book. Master the Newest Blender Techniques for Creating Amazing 3D Characters: From Design and Modeling to Video Compositing Now fully updated for Blender 2.78b and beyond, Learning Blender, Second Edition, walks you through every step of creating an outstanding 3D animated character with Blender, and then compositing it in a real video using a professional workflow. This edition covers the powerful new selection and modeling tools, as well as high-efficiency improvements related to other parts of the project such as texture painting, shading, rigging, rendering, and compositing. Still the only Blender tutorial to take you from preproduction to final result, this guide is perfect for both novices and those moving from other software to Blender (open source and free software). Author Oliver Villar provides full-color, hands-on chapters that cover every aspect of character creation: design, modeling, unwrapping, texturing, shading, rigging, animation, and rendering. He also walks you through integrating your animated character into a real-world video, using professional camera tracking, lighting, and compositing techniques. The rich companion website (blendtuts.com/learning-blender-files) will help you quickly master even the most complex techniques with bonus contents like video tutorials. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready to create outstanding characters for all media–and you’ll have up-to-date skills for any 3D project, whether it involves characters or not. Learn Blender’s updated user interface, navigation, and selection techniques Create your first scene with Blender and the Blender Render and Cycles render engines Organize an efficient, step-by-step pipeline to streamline workflow in any project Master modeling, unwrapping, and texturing Bring your character to life with materials and shading Create your character’s skeleton and make it walk Use Camera Tracking to mix 3D objects into a real-world video Transform a raw rendered scene into the final result using Blender’s compositing nodes Register your product at informit.com/register for convenient access to downloads, updates, and corrections as they become available.

Learning Blender

A Hands-on Guide to Creating 3D Animated Characters

Author: Oliver Villar

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0133886174

Category: Computers

Page: 312

View: 4599

Learning Blender walks you through every step of creating an outstanding animated character with the free, open source, 3D software Blender, and then compositing it in a real video using a professional workflow.

Learning Blender

A Hands-On Guide to Creating 3D Animated Characters

Author: Oliver Villar

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 0133886271

Category: Computers

Page: 352

View: 5510

Create Amazing 3D Characters with Blender: From Design and Modeling to Video Compositing Learning Blender walks you through every step of creating an outstanding animated character with the free, open source, 3D software Blender, and then compositing it in a real video using a professional workflow. This is the only Blender tutorial to take you from preproduction to final result, and it’s perfect for both 3D novices and those who’ve used other 3D Software. Focusing on Blender 2.71 and above, 3D-professional Oliver Villar explains all the basics, including Blender’s interface, controls, and how to manipulate objects. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you’ll follow a realistic 3D workflow through a complete project. You’ll find chapters on every aspect of the character creation: design, modeling, unwrapping, texturing, shading, rigging, and animation. Once your character is ready and animated, you’ll learn how to integrate it into a real video using camera tracking techniques, lighting, and compositing. Each skillset is taught hands on, and available online video tutorials (more than 5 hours) will guide you through Blender’s trickier tasks. By the time you’re done, you’ll understand how the whole process fits together, and how to use Blender to create outstanding characters for all media. You’ll also build strong Blender skills you can apply in any 3D project, whether it involves characters or not. Learn How To Master Blender’s innovative user interface, navigation, and selection techniques Create your first scene with Blender and get comfortable with its core tools Prepare for projects so they’ll go as smoothly as possible Use modeling tools to create a 3D character Bring your character to life with color, textures, and materials Create your character’s skeleton and make it walk Make the most of Blender’s Camera Tracking tools Add lights to your 3D scene Render with Blender Internal or the powerful new Cycles render engine Composite your 3D character into a real video Switch to Blender from 3ds Max, Maya, or XSI Register your book at informit.com/register to access all of this book’s production files, plus bonus video tutorials, and a useful Blender keyboard shortcut reference.

Game Character Creation with Blender and Unity

Author: Chris Totten

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118237714

Category: Computers

Page: 352

View: 8447

A complete guide to creating usable, realistic game characters with two powerful tools Creating viable game characters requires a combination of skills. This book teaches game creators how to create usable, realistic game assets using the power of an open-source 3D application and a free game engine. It presents a step-by-step approach to modeling, texturing, and animating a character using the popular Blender software, with emphasis on low polygon modeling and an eye for using sculpting and textures, and demonstrates how to bring the character into the Unity game engine. Game creation is a popular and productive pursuit for both hobbyists and serious developers; this guide brings together two effective tools to simplify and enhance the process Artists who are familiar with Blender or other 3D software but who lack experience with game development workflow will find this book fills important gaps in their knowledge Provides a complete tutorial on developing a game character, including modeling, UV unwrapping, sculpting, baking displacements, texturing, rigging, animation, and export Emphasizes low polygon modeling for game engines and shows how to bring the finished character into the Unity game engine Whether you're interested in a new hobby or eager to enter the field of professional game development, this book offers valuable guidance to increase your skills.

Blender Foundations

The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.5

Author: Roland Hess

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136130381

Category: Art

Page: 404

View: 3809

Blender Foundations is the definitive resource for getting started with 3D art in Blender, one of the most popular 3D/Animation tools on the market . With the expert insight and experience of Roland Hess, noted Blender expert and author, animators and artists will learn the basics starting with the revised 2.6 interface, modeling tools, sculpting, lighting and materials through rendering, compositing and video editing. Some of the new features covered include the completely re-thought interface, the character animation and keying system, and the smoke simulator. More than just a tutorial guide, "Blender Foundations" covers the philosophy behind this ingenious software that so many 3D artists are turning to today. Start working today with Blender with the accompanying web site which includes all of the projects and support files alongside videos, step-by-step screenshots of the trickier tutorials, as well as a direct links to official resources like the Blender download site and artist forums.

The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics

Computer Modeling & Animation, Third Edition

Author: John M. Blain

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1498746470

Category: Computers

Page: 600

View: 5156

Blender is a free and open source graphics program for computer modeling and animation. It contains all the tools necessary for creating models and scenes that may be made into still images or animated movies. Like its predecessors, the third edition of The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics: Computer Modeling and Animation provides a single, comprehensive, up-to-date source for using Blender. It introduces the Blender features with examples and diagrams referenced to the graphical user interface (GUI), the arrangement of windows and panels containing the controls for operating the program. In addition to revisions to match the most recent version of Blender, fresh examples have been added. The contents have been organized into a building-block fashion, presenting basic subjects such as textures and lighting in the early chapters before explaining their roles in more complex techniques such as fluid and smoke simulation in later chapters. The book also covers alterations that have been made to the GUI and significantly expands discussions of advanced features, enabling veteran and beginning users to take advantage of the full potential of Blender. This book also has a companion website, www.silverjb.limewebs.com, offering supplementary material for using further advanced techniques once the concepts and methods presented in the book have been adequately mastered. These techniques include fracturing, building walls or obstacles that can be demolished, dynamic painting, and path animation. Blender is a program in constant development, with new features being added progressively. This new edition of The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics gives detailed instruction on the latest version of the program. Using visual references and practical examples, it removes the frustration from the learning process in using the basic and advanced capabilities of Blender.

Character Development in Blender 2.5

Author: Jonathan Williamson

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1435456262

Category: Computers

Page: 496

View: 3312

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN BLENDER 2.5 provides an introduction to both Blender and character modeling, explaining the various Blender tools and how to use them to create amazing, believable 3D characters. Providing both the how and why behind each new tool

Blender Master Class

A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering

Author: Ben Simonds

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 1593275102

Category: Computers

Page: 288

View: 4867

Blender is a powerful and free 3D graphics tool used by artists and designers worldwide. But even experienced designers can find it challenging to turn an idea into a polished piece. For those who have struggled to create professional-quality projects in Blender, author Ben Simonds offers this peek inside his studio. You’ll learn how to create 3D models as you explore the creative process that he uses to model three example projects: a muscular bat creature, a futuristic robotic spider, and ancient temple ruins. Along the way, you’ll master the Blender interface and learn how to create and refine your own models. You’ll also learn how to: –Work with reference and concept art in Blender and GIMP to make starting projects easier –Block in models with simple geometry and build up more complex forms –Use Blender’s powerful sculpting brushes to create detailed organic models –Paint textures with Blender and GIMP and map them onto your 3D artwork –Light, render, and composite your models to create striking images Each chapter walks you through a piece of the modeling process and offers detailed explanations of the tools and concepts used. Filled with full-color artwork and real-world tips, Blender Master Class gives you the foundation you need to create your own stunning masterpieces. DVD includes files for each project in the book, as well as extra textures, brushes, and other resources. Covers Blender 2.6x

Digital Modeling

Author: William Vaughan

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0321712641

Category: Computers

Page: 432

View: 6399

Professional modeling is the foundation of every aspect of the 3D production pipeline and is essential to the success of any 3D computer graphics project. [digital] Modeling is unlike any other modeling book you’ve seen—it gets to the core of what it takes to create efficient production-ready models and demystifies the process of producing realistic and jaw-dropping graphics. Taking a software-neutral approach, it teaches you the essential skills and concepts that you can apply to modeling in any industry 3D software, such as 3ds Max, LightWave 3D, Maya, Modo, Silo, XSI, ZBrush and other leading programs. Modelers, animators, texture artists, and technical directors can all benefit from the valuable information covered in this jam-packed guide containing years of industry knowledge. Simply put, if you work in 3D, you must have this book. In this inspiring and informative guide to modeling, industry veteran William Vaughan teaches you how to: Master modeling techniques to produce professional results in any 3D application Use the tools of a professional digital modeler Control your models polygon-count as well as polygon-flow Create both organic and hard surface models Understand a modeler’s role in a production environment Gain the knowledge to land a job in the industry as a digital modeler Model using specific tools such as LightWave and 3ds Max in over 6 hours of video training in the accompanying downloadable lesson files (see below for details) And much more! All of Peachpit's eBooks contain the same content as the print edition. You will find a link in the last few pages of your eBook that directs you to the media files. Helpful tips: If you are able to search the book, search for "Where are the lesson files?" Go to the very last page of the book and scroll backwards. You will need a web-enabled device or computer in order to access the media files that accompany this ebook. Entering the URL supplied into a computer with web access will allow you to get to the files. Depending on your device, it is possible that your display settings will cut off part of the URL. To make sure this is not the case, try reducing your font size and turning your device to a landscape view. This should cause the full URL to appear.

Beginning Blender

Open Source 3D Modeling, Animation, and Game Design

Author: Lance Flavell

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1430231270

Category: Computers

Page: 415

View: 739

A new world of creative possibilities is opened by Blender, the most popular and powerful open source 3D and animation tool. Blender is not just free software; it is also an important professional tool used in animated shorts, television commercials, and shows, as well as in production for films like Spiderman 2. Lance Flavell's Beginning Blender will give you the skills to start shaping new worlds and virtual characters, and perhaps lead you down a new professional path. Beginning Blender covers the Blender 2.5 release in-depth. The book starts with the creation of simple figures using basic modeling and sculpting. It then teaches you how to bridge from modeling to animation, and from scene setup to texture creation and rendering, lighting, rigging, and ultimately, full animation. You will create and mix your own movie scenes, and you will even learn the basics of games logic and how to deal with games physics. Whether you are new to modeling, animation, and game design, or whether you are simply new to Blender, this book will show you everything you need to know to get your 3D projects underway.

The Blender Book :

Author: Carsten Wartmann

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 9781886411449

Category: Computers

Page: 311

View: 6977

Blender is a fast, powerful, and free 3D graphics and animation tool. The Blender Book shows you how to use Blender efficiently and creatively with clear step-by-step tutorials that teach all aspects of this often tricky program. You'll learn how to enhance your Web sites, graphic designs, and videos with the 3D graphics and animations you'll create in Blender.

Blender Production

Creating Short Animations from Start to Finish

Author: Roland Hess

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 113614630X

Category: Art

Page: 304

View: 9600

Blender has become one of the most popular 3D animation tools on the market because it is robust and absolutely free. Blender Production is the definitive resource for anyone who wants to create short animations from scratch. With this book, and Blender, you have the ideal platform to make it happen. Blender expert and author Roland Hess walks you through the entire process of creating a short animation including: writing, storyboarding, blocking, character creation, animation, rendering, and production. The associated web site includes the full Blender software kit and a complete short animation work broken down into handy modules that animators can study, learn from, and reuse in their own animated films. The sample project files amount to 100+ MB of cool content, including models, textures, materials, scenes and animation work.

Blender 3D Cookbook

Author: Enrico Valenza

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1783984899

Category: Computers

Page: 608

View: 1804

This book will take you on a journey to understand the workflow normally used to create characters, from the modeling to the rendering stages using the tools of the last official release of Blender exclusively. This book helps you create a character mesh and sculpt features, using tools and techniques such as the Skin modifier and polygon merging. You will also get a detailed, step-by-step overview of how to rig and skin your character for animation, how to paint textures and create shaders, and how to perform rendering and compositing. With the help of this book, you will be making production-quality 3D models and characters quickly and efficiently, which will be ready to be added to your very own animated feature or game.

Blender 3D Basics

Author: Gordon Fisher

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 184951691X

Category: Computers

Page: 468

View: 5855

The complete novice's guide to 3D modeling and animation.

Stop Staring

Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right

Author: Jason Osipa

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470939613

Category: Computers

Page: 416

View: 3249

The de facto official source on facial animation—now updated! If you want to do character facial modeling and animation at the high levels achieved in today’s films and games, Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right, Third Edition, is for you. While thoroughly covering the basics such as squash and stretch, lip syncs, and much more, this new edition has been thoroughly updated to capture the very newest professional design techniques, as well as changes in software, including using Python to automate tasks. Shows you how to create facial animation for movies, games, and more Provides in-depth techniques and tips for everyone from students and beginners to high-level professional animators and directors currently in the field Features the author’s valuable insights from his own extensive experience in the field Covers the basics such as squash and stretch, color and shading, and lip syncs, as well as how to automate processes using Python Breathe life into your creations with this important book, considered by many studio 3D artists to be the quintessential reference on facial animation.

Unity AI Programming Essentials

Author: Curtis Bennett,Dan Violet Sagmiller

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1783553561

Category: Computers

Page: 162

View: 6938

This book is aimed at developers who know the basics of game development with Unity and want to learn how to add AI to their games. You do not need any previous AI knowledge; this book will explain all the essential AI concepts and show you how to add and use them in your games.

The Blender Python API

Precision 3D Modeling and Add-on Development

Author: Chris Conlan

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1484228022

Category: Computers

Page: 138

View: 8561

Understand Blender's Python API to allow for precision 3D modeling and add-on development. Follow detailed guidance on how to create precise geometries, complex texture mappings, optimized renderings, and much more. This book is a detailed, user-friendly guide to understanding and using Blender’s Python API for programmers and 3D artists. Blender is a popular open source 3D modeling software used in advertising, animation, data visualization, physics simulation, photorealistic rendering, and more. Programmers can produce extremely complex and precise models that would be impossible to replicate by hand, while artists enjoy numerous new community-built add-ons. The Blender Python API is an unparalleled programmable visualization environment. Using the API is made difficult due to its complex object hierarchy and vast documentation. Understanding the Blender Python API clearly explains the interface. You will become familiar with data structures and low-level concepts in both modeling and rendering with special attention given to optimizing procedurally generated models. In addition, the book: Discusses modules of the API as analogs to human input modes in Blender Reviews low-level and data-level manipulation of 3D objects in Blender Python Details how to deploy and extend projects with external libraries Provides organized utilities of novel and mature API abstractions for general use in add-on development What You’ll Learn Generate 3D data visualizations in Blender to better understand multivariate data and mathematical patterns. Create precision object models in Blender of architectural models, procedurally generated landscapes, atomic models, etc. Develop and distribute a Blender add-on, with special consideration given to careful development practices Pick apart Blender’s 3D viewport and Python source code to learn about API behaviors Develop a practical knowledge of 3D modeling and rendering concepts Have a practical reference to an already powerful and vast API Who This Book Is For Python programmers with an interest in data science, game development, procedural generation, and open-source programming as well as programmers of all types with a need to generate precise 3D models. Also for 3D artists with an interest in programming or with programming experience and Blender artists regardless of programming experience.

Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror

U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia

Author: Oliver Villar,Drew Cottle

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1583673075

Category: HISTORY

Page: 273

View: 6654

Since the late 1990s, the United States has funneled billions of dollars in aid to Colombia, ostensibly to combat the illicit drug trade and State Department-designated terrorist groups. The result has been a spiral of violence that continues to take lives and destabilize Colombian society. This book asks an obvious question: are the official reasons given for the wars on drugs and terror in Colombia plausible, or are there other, deeper factors at work? Scholars Villar and Cottle suggest that the answers lie in a close examination of the cocaine trade, particularly its class dimensions. Their analysis reveals that this trade has fueled extensive economic growth and led to the development of a "narco-state" under the control of a "narco-bourgeoisie" which is not interested in eradicating cocaine but in gaining a monopoly over its production. The principal target of this effort is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who challenge that monopoly as well as the very existence of the Colombian state. Meanwhile, U.S. business interests likewise gain from the cocaine trade and seek to maintain a dominant, imperialist relationship with their most important client state in Latin America. Suffering the brutal consequences, as always, are the peasants and workers of Colombia. This revelatory book punctures the official propaganda and shows the class war underpinning the politics of the Colombian cocaine trade.

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Author: Tavmjong Bah

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0137051719

Category: Computers

Page: 464

View: 7669

Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program, Third Edition , is the guide to the Inkscape program, with coverage of versions 0.46 and 0.47. This authoritative introduction and reference features hundreds of useful illustrations.With Inkscape, you can produce a wide variety of art, from photorealistic drawings to organizational charts. Inkscape uses SVG, a powerful vector-based drawing language and W3C web standard, as its native format. SVG drawings can be viewed directly in browsers such as Firefox and Opera. A subset of SVG has been adopted by the mobile phone market. Inkscape is available free for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Systematic coverage of the entire Inkscape program begins with eleven tutorials ranging in difficulty from very basic to highly complex. The remainder of the book covers each facet of Inkscape in detail with an emphasis on practical solutions for common problems.The book is filled with valuable tips and warnings about the use of Inkscape and SVG. Find dozens of Inkscape illustrations from the book in the online color supplement available at http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/. Updated for Inkscape v0.47, this new edition includes complete coverage of new features, including updated Pen and Pencil tools with new spiro, polyline, and sketch modes; the new Eraser tool; and the new Snapping toolbar with improved snapping. Advanced topics include the use of Inkscape’s powerful tiling tool, built-in bitmap tracing, and SVG use on the Web. Complete Coverage of New and Improved Inkscape 0.47 Features Complete vector drawing program supporting the W3C SVG standard Three path-drawing tools (Pencil, Pen, Calligraphy) Five shape-drawing tools (Rectangles, Ellipses, Stars, Spirals, 3D Boxes) Linear and Radial Gradients Pattern fills Tweak Tool for fine adjustment of paths and colors Eraser Tool with both Vector and Bitmap modes Sophisticated snapping for precision drawing and aligning objects Extendable through scripting; over a hundred scripts included Live Path Effects for tasks such as adding patterns along a path while maintaining complete editability Over 200 pre-built SVG filters for adding textures, manipulating color, and so forth A tiling tool to create complex tilings with thirteen different symmetries Clipping and Masking objects An integrated spell checker Built-in bitmap-to-vector tracing The ability to export to more than a dozen graphics formats, including PDF and PostScript The ability to import from more than two-dozen graphics formats, including PDF, Adobe Illustrator, Coral Draw, AutoCad, and XFig