Foundation 3ds Max 8 Architectural Visualization

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Apress, May 3, 2006 - Computers - 584 pages

Welcome to the world of 3D architectural visualizations using the most powerful and versatile 3D software package on the planet: 3ds Max. In just the last few years, the visualization industry has arguably become the fastest-growing 3D industry, and may soon overtake all others in total number of users. Just as the use of computer-aided design became the norm for nearly all architectural, engineering, and construction firms in the 1990s, 3D visualizations have become standard practice today.

This book takes you through the challenge of learning one of the most complex computer programs ever created, by way of easy-to-follow tutorials and instruction. It specifically focuses on those parts of the program you need to know to produce stunning architectural visualizations.

The intent is not to show you every possible way to accomplish a task, but rather some of the fastest and most efficient ways. At the end of the book, there is a guide to marketing your services, as well as 20 top tips that took the author almost 10 years to learn in a production environment—sometimes the hard way.

3ds Max is a large and complex application, but by learning just the features that apply to visualizations, you'll be learning everything you need to know to get ahead in the industry in the shortest possible amount of time.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1pdf
14
Chapter 2pdf
36
Quick Start 2pdf
57
Chapter 3pdf
72
Chapter 4pdf
106
Chapter 5pdf
128
Quick Start 3pdf
143
Chapter 6pdf
162
Quick Start 5pdf
321
Chapter 13pdf
328
Chapter 14pdf
340
Chapter 15pdf
350
Quick Start 6pdf
371
Chapter 16pdf
386
Chapter 17pdf
414
Chapter 18pdf
432

Chapter 7pdf
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Chapter 8pdf
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Chapter 9pdf
228
Quick Start 4pdf
241
Chapter 10pdf
262
Chapter 11pdf
290
Chapter 12pdf
306
Appendix Apdf
462
Appendix Bpdf
472
Appendix Cpdf
496
Appendix Dpdf
502
Indexpdf
510
Color Insert
547
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About the author (2006)

Since 1997, Brian Smith has worked as a computer-aided design manager and animation specialist in architectural, engineering, and landscaping firms in southwest Florida. He started his own company in 2001, specializing in the production of architectural animations and renderings in 3ds Max. He is the cofounder of 3D Architectural Solutions in Sarasota, Florida, and is currently an instructor at the Autodesk Authorized Training Center, Planet Digital Education, in Orlando (www.planetdigital.com), where he teaches 3ds Max for the visualization industry. A portfolio of his work can be seen at www.3das.com. Brian graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a major in aerospace engineering. He served on active duty, and later in the Florida Army National Guard, including two years as a battery commander, responsible for a short-range air defense battery of over 100 soldiers. Following 9/11, he served in Washington, D.C. as an air defense artillery fire control officer, working closely with the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration to provide air defense coverage of Washington, D.C. In 2005, he deployed numerous times with his unit to provide humanitarian relief to hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast.

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