マスタリングBlender 大型本 – 2010/1/26
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The rest of the material here is on other subjects that I didn't find as interesting but the presentation is generally thorough and systematic and will pay off for anyone who has the time and patience to work through it.
Much of the material is introduced through exercises presented in detail, with step-by-step instructions generously illustrated with screen captures. My impression and biggest criticism of the book was that most of the exercises seemed too detailed and too time-consuming but if you don't do them you won't feel you have really learned the material and all you will have gained is a general idea of the power of the features under discussion. I am referring specifically to the exercises on compositing, sculpting, and texturing.
With many of the hard to follow, long and sometimes unexciting exercises, it surely would have been useful had the author provided narrated videos lessons in addition to the detailed written instructions. And while blend files of the completed exercises are provided on the book's CD, it would have also more useful had the author provided blend files at intermediate stages for comparison, to get back on track where we might have had some trouble, or so that we can skip a few of the more repetitive steps.
One unexpectedly nice feature about this book is that each chapter thoughtfully ends with a section labeled The Bottom Line that provides suggestions for further practice of the chapter material. Outstanding!
I've tried to write a couple of tutorials on blender topics for my own use to get a handle on difficult subjects - it's tough. The author earns my admiration for having the smarts and perseverence to craft difficult subjects into interesting, informative, and entertaining written lessons.
I had been concerned before buying it that it might not apply to the forthcoming Blender 2.5/2.6, but actually there is a great deal of material geared toward helping you understand the transition and the changes to blender. As much as I follow the community on Blendernation, I found much that I did not yet know (and needed to) in this book.
So yeah, this book is not written for "noobs", but if you have any confidence with blender at all, this book will be of immense help.
It should be mentioned that this book is printed in B&W and that you have to look at the book's pics on the CD to see them in color. Why oh why cant publishers mangage to print graphics books in color?