Book Review: Blender 3D Basics Beginner’s Guide Second Edition

I recently received a e-copy of Blender 3D Basics Beginner’s Guide Second Editionfrom Packt Publishing by Gordon Fisher. Okay not so recently, it has been about a month or so. 😛 Holiday madness caught up with me and delayed my review.

Anyhow, on to the book. This is the second edition of his book, so much of the content is the same as is to be expected with updates where appropriate. The original was a great a book and the second edition is as well.

This book is definitely geared for a beginner, that is not to say that more advanced users won’t learn a thing or two as well, but it is aimed at getting a new user up to speed in Blender through a series of simple exercises and projects broken down into easy to accomplish steps.

To start the author gives a brief introduction to the history of 3d and animation and goes into getting familiar with Blender itself. Then takes the reader through a series of short exercises to provide a framework for understanding how Blender works.

After getting familiar with Blender, the reader gets to the fun stuff. In this case modeling and animating not one, but two different boats. The second boat, a sloop, is then put into an ocean scene and animated. Throughout the sections on the boats, the author introduces basic modeling and animation techniques that provide a good foundation for future exploration of Blender.

The Cycles engine is covered as well as the Video Sequence Editor. Throughout the book, the author provides links to useful resources that give the reader further information and/or resources to either complete the lessons or provide better understanding of a concept. In the provided data pack download there are bonus chapters with more in depth coverage of a few more useful topics.

In addition to links to added resources, the author provides blend files for ever major step in the exercises so the reader can poke and prod to their heart’s content.

Overall I enjoyed Blender 3D Basics Beginner’s Guide Second Edition. The second edition is as well written as the first edition and a useful place for the beginner Blender user to learn how to use blender and get the basics required to explore further on their own.

Book Details

  • File Size: 32423 KB
  • Print Length: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (August 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N2RWO34
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