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How to Cheat in 3ds Max 2009: Get Spectacular Results Fast (How to Cheat in)

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ISBN13: 9780240810324
ISBN10: 0240810325
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Need to get results with 3ds max fast? Why take months to learn every button in 3ds max when you can create great visuals with just a few key tools? Learn to create quick yet stunning logo treatments, special effects, and animated characters with the fastest techniques possible. Need convincing grass, trees, water, shadows? You can use the memory-hogging methods that choke your display and take forever to render, or you can get it done bing-bang with this book. When you need an animated character you can spend days fiddling with polygons, or you can use this book to put it together in minutes and get the entire project done in a day. How to Cheat in 3ds max includes a host of time-saving techniques as well as little-known tools that will make you look like an expert in no time flat. This book is for busy professionals who need to get it done right, but also need it done fast.

The CD includes scene files and bitmaps used to illustrate the cheats. also potentially Camtasia (video) files showing some of the trickier techniques that are better explained visually than on paper. Music files, organizational samples (i.e. dope sheets) or other files that are referred to in the book.

-Author is well-respected Max authority - she shares her secrets on little-known tools that save a bundle of time

-Concise, step by step, focused, examples with everything on CD so that artists and designers can start toying right away.

-New title in proven How to Cheat series: solution-oriented, quick results.

-No need to learn the entire program to look like a pro - info is quick, task-oriented, with real-life creative solutions.

Synopsis:

For designers who need to solve problems quickly to develop creative projects within your time and budget, and who want to hone their 3ds Max skills, this text shows them how to work from the problem to the solution. This accessible, practical book and CD package is written for 3ds Max 2009 and backwards compatible with 3ds Max 2008.

Synopsis:

Need to solve problems quickly to develop creative projects within your time and budget? Want to hone your 3ds Max skills so you can concentrate on your modeling, lighting, texturing, and animation? Then How to Cheat in 3ds Max is for you! Michele Bousquet shows how to work from the problem to the solution - from the viewpoint of a CG artist who has been commissioned to create a job and is working to a deadline.

With her in-depth knowledge of the little-known secrets used by the pros to produce creative, professional artwork and animation, Michele is THE go-to guru for designers and animators who want to create great effects fast.

This accessible, practical book and CD package is such a goldmine of artistic inspiration, timesaving practical tips, tricks and step-by-step workthroughs that you’ll wonder how you survived without it. Written for 3ds Max 2009 and backwards compatible with 3ds Max 2008.

-Author is well-respected Max authority - she shares her secrets on little-known tools that save a bundle of time

-Concise, step by step, focused, examples with everything on CD so that artists and designers can start toying right away.

-New title in proven How to Cheat series: solution-oriented, quick results.

-No need to learn the entire program to look like a pro - info is quick, task-oriented, with real-life creative solutions.

About the Author

Michele Bousquet is an Autodesk Certified Trainer who has been using 3ds Max since its first release. She has worked as a Senior Technical Writer for Autodesk and has authored more than 20 books on 3ds Max. Michele is currently the Director of Marketing at TurboSquid.com, the largest online marketplace for stock 3D models in the known universe. TurboSquid and Michele were recently featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper's 360 Blog.

Michele Bousquet is an Autodesk Certified Trainer who has been using 3ds Max since its first release. She has worked as a Senior Technical Writer for Autodesk and has authored more than 20 books on 3ds Max. Michele is currently the Director of Marketing at TurboSquid.com, the largest online marketplace for stock 3D models in the known universe. TurboSquid and Michele were recently featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper's 360 Blog

Table of Contents

How to Cheat in 3ds max

Outline by Michele Bousquet

Introduction

Memory hogs - shadows, polygons, refraction

Seven tools you will need to know

Logo Treatments

Reflective surface

Video screen with animation or video on it

Video image then turn to the side to show 3D logo

Hiding something against the background (camera map)

Shadow with white background (matte shadow surface)

Animation

Bouncing Ball

Squash n stretch popping onto the screen (staggers)

Animated shapemerge slice (for pump)

Animating to music and sfx and VO

Random Wiggle (Noise constraint)

Perspective trick (change FOV and zoom at same time)

Affect Region (ball on trampoline)

Linked XForm (ball on trampoline)

Path Deform WSM as opposed to OSM

Architectural

Quickie fly-through

Putting people in it

Trees - different levels of detail

Cheap Shadows - negative light, projection shadows

Dissolve from live photos to 3D

2D picture becomes cardboard cutouts

Grass from Hair

Character Animation

Reference images

Basic Rules for Polygons

MeshSmooth, TurboSmooth, and Polygons

Quick Character Fit

Characters - no feet if possible - Making a person look like they're walking from the waist up by making the trajectory go up and down

Changing a freebie character to suit you

Quick facial animation with 2D images

Bullet time

Crowds - Random scripts

Special Effects

Smoke

Still water

Running water

Spraying water

Fire

Dust

Materials

Making a stripe from a checker map

All kinds of procedural map tricks (cover XYZ mapping)

Bump mapping for all kinds of cheats

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mayegnon, December 14, 2008 (view all comments by mayegnon)
That's simply great to make our life easy by giving fast methods for handling 3ds max tools. Good book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780240810324
Author:
Bousquet, Michele
Publisher:
Focal Press
Subject:
Computer Graphics - General
Subject:
Computer graphics
Subject:
Graphics-General
Copyright:
Series:
How to Cheat in
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
7.44 x 9.69 in

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"Synopsis" by , For designers who need to solve problems quickly to develop creative projects within your time and budget, and who want to hone their 3ds Max skills, this text shows them how to work from the problem to the solution. This accessible, practical book and CD package is written for 3ds Max 2009 and backwards compatible with 3ds Max 2008.
"Synopsis" by , Need to solve problems quickly to develop creative projects within your time and budget? Want to hone your 3ds Max skills so you can concentrate on your modeling, lighting, texturing, and animation? Then How to Cheat in 3ds Max is for you! Michele Bousquet shows how to work from the problem to the solution - from the viewpoint of a CG artist who has been commissioned to create a job and is working to a deadline.

With her in-depth knowledge of the little-known secrets used by the pros to produce creative, professional artwork and animation, Michele is THE go-to guru for designers and animators who want to create great effects fast.

This accessible, practical book and CD package is such a goldmine of artistic inspiration, timesaving practical tips, tricks and step-by-step workthroughs that you’ll wonder how you survived without it. Written for 3ds Max 2009 and backwards compatible with 3ds Max 2008.

-Author is well-respected Max authority - she shares her secrets on little-known tools that save a bundle of time

-Concise, step by step, focused, examples with everything on CD so that artists and designers can start toying right away.

-New title in proven How to Cheat series: solution-oriented, quick results.

-No need to learn the entire program to look like a pro - info is quick, task-oriented, with real-life creative solutions.

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