Essential CG Lighting Techniques

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 12, 2012 - Art - 367 pages
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Illustrated in color throughout, this comprehensive text not only looks at the technical and theoretical aspects of becoming skilled at using the light tools available in 3D software, but also provides invaluable tutorials so you can explore these techniques in-depth.

Lighting is a core CG skill that makes or breaks a 3D environment. Providing all you need to master this vital aspect of CG, this comprehensive guide looks at the key concepts that can be applied in any 3D package.





Every ounce of theory is backed up with practical tutorials, using the free demo version of 3ds max supplied on the accompanying CD-ROM. The tutorials deal with the fundamentals of lighting and as such are easily transferable to any other major 3D software package. The free CD also includes all the files needed to complete the tutorials step-by-step, as well as demo versions of Dark Tree Textures, Deep Paint 3D and Cinelook, acclaimed applications that every lighting artist should be aware of.

If you are new to CG lighting, are thinking of specializing in this area, or want to brush up on your existing lighting skills, then this book will provide you with a one-stop master class so you too can achieve professional looking results.
 

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Contents

Understanding shadows
3-15
Part
3-31
15
3-48
Indoor lighting techniques
6-11
Tutorial outdoor light indoors
7-15
Candlelight
7-29
Outdoor lighting techniques
7-35
Skylight Sunlight and skylight together Tutorial sunlight and skylight together
8-7
Tips and tricks
9-86
More revision
9-99
Pitching for business
9-104
14
9-108
Taking it further
9-125
Depth
9-141
Camerawork and technicalities
9-158
Antialiasing
9-171

Special lighting techniques
8-29
Match lighting 11 The natural
9-10
Match lighting
9-13
elements
9-33
Tutorial smoke Fog Tutorial
9-50
Lighting and lens
9-66
17
9-179
Plugin away Magazines
9-198
Other menu items
9-213
Bibliography
9-227
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Brooker is a CG artist, and an award-winning, independent rendering and lighting specialist and an experienced journalist.

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