Cinema 4D: The Artist's Project Sourcebook, 2nd Edition

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Press:Focal Press Focal Press; 2nd edition (May 29, 2007)
Publication Date:2007-06-12
ISBN:9780240809533
Author Name:Anne Powers
Pages:368
Language:English
Edition:2nd Edition

Content

Make the creative leap to 3D. 
Realize your artistic vision with this treasure chest of instructional projects.
Get the essential concepts and techniques without drowning in the technical complexities.
This new edition is an artist's sourcebook for the visionary in you that wants to master 3D-and have fun in the process.
It serves as a complete guide for the creative use of CINEMA 4D R10 and all of its modules.
This new edition features an engaging full-color presentation of short, playful projects show you how to put this powerful toolset to work.
You will master R10's improved workflow, scene management, enhanced animation timeline and searchable object manager, as well as its:* MOCCA 3 system, including Joints, Skin Objects, the Weight Tool, the Morph Tool, Visual Selector and Clothilde* MoGraph module for motion graphics, type manipulation and the animation of multiple forms* Bodypaint 3D for applying 2D drawing and painting skills to 3D models* Advanced modeling tools such as the Brush tool* Interface with third-party applications including Z-Brush, and Adobe's Creative Suite You also get inventive quick starts for other modules including Hair, Sketch and Toon, Advanced Render, Dynamics and Thinking Particles.
The companion DVD is bursting to the brim with project source files, extra projects, tutorial movies, guest artist tutorials, inspirational galleries and unique C4D Teacher Files (C4D scenes with embedded step-by-step instruction).

From the Back Cover

Make the creative leap to 3D. 
Realize your artistic vision with this treasure chest of instructional projects.
Get the essential concepts and techniques without drowning in the technical complexities.This new edition is an artist's sourcebook for the visionary in you that wants to master 3D and have fun in the process.
It serves as a complete guide for the creative use of CINEMA 4D R10 and all of its modules.Short, playful projects show you how to put this powerful toolset to work.
You will master R10 s improved workflow, scene management, enhanced animation timeline and searchable object manager, as well as its:* MOCCA 3 system, including Joints, Skin Objects, the Weight Tool, the Morph Tool, Visual Selector and Clothilde* MoGraph module for motion graphics, type manipulation and the animation of multiple forms* Bodypaint 3D for applying 2D drawing and painting skills to 3D models* Advanced modeling tools such as the Brush tool* Interface with third-party applications including Z-Brush, and Adobe s Creative SuiteYou also get inventive quick starts for other modules including Hair, Sketch and Toon, Advanced Render, Dynamics and Thinking Particles.Project source files are just the beginning.
This DVD is bursting to the brim with extra projects, tutorial movies, guest artist tutorials, inspirational galleries and unique C4D Teacher Files (C4D scenes with embedded step-by-step instruction).

About the Author

is an award-winning fine artist and teacher with a BFA in fine art/painting, an MA in art education and an MFA in graphic design with a concentration in electronic media. 
Since the release of CINEMA 4D in the early 90s, she has focused most of her energies on its possibilities.
Recently retired from 35 years of teaching, Anne continues to teach animation, illustration and 3D to students and professionals.
Corporate training clients include the Scripps Networks (DIY, HGTV, Food Channel) and Country Music Television.

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Computers & Technology,Graphics & Design,3D Graphics,Digital Audio, Video & Photography,Video Production,Arts & Photography,Other Media,Film & Video



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  •     SUPPER SERVICE <> SUPPER PRODUCT A*****
  •     I like Anne Powers style. The first chapter is about building a dozen primative designs. But in the first paragraph of the first chapter she says go look at the finished designs on the DVD. I've never seen a better approach to tell you just what you are trying to do before you get started on the actual doing. It seems like so many computer forget to tell you just what you're trying to do. After you know what you're trying to do, then step by step, each illustrated. you build the model.Chapter 2 gets a bit technical, you may be tempted to skip it --so she starts it by saying that if you are planning to become proficient don't even think about skipping it. And so it continues, you're building a car, adjusting surfaces, designing birthday cakes - with legs that dance.Besides C4D, there is also a chapter on BodyPaint 3D, the companion software from Maxon. There is also a chapter on using C4D in conjunction with other packages such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Zbrush and more.This is a sourcebook, a tutorial on how to use the software. It just happens to be one of the better writting of these I've ever seen.
  •     Amongst a wide range of Cinema 4D books I chose this one because it covered a wide range of modelling projects and was presented in a unique and interesting way. I thought that if I could do these projects I would would be well equipped to do just about anything. Well I wasn't disappointed. It wasn't long before I was powering through the tutorials and achieving the same outcomes as presented in the book. The dialogue is friendly and the lessons are delivered in an easy-to-follow conversational manner. It is a quantum leap away from so may other 3d text books which can be very 'dry' and make you lose interest within a very short time. I keep this book in my bag all the time and often find myself reaching for it when I reach a roadblock in my modelling. The book was originally written for C4D V8.5 and while there are a few differences between this and V9, they are fairly minor and you can soon get around them. Even better, I received a free pdf update to V9 via email. Perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of buying this book has been the support offered by the author Anne Powers. She has assisted me with a project and I have learned even more through the process. I highly recommend this book not only for the content and presentation but also for the support from the author.
  •     There are very few books that cover digital mediums that have held my attention from cover to cover. This book did.
  •     This book is awsome and easy to use. I've been a graphic designer for a few years now but have never dabbled in 3D design or animation.
  •     This is bar-none the best C4D book on the market.I do CGI for a living, and as of recent, Ive been looking to streamline my workflow.
  •     Illustrations for the iPad Kindle edition are in black and white, even though the format supports color, which is sort of a huge issue for a book about graphics and visual imagery.
  •     I started working on tv 4 years ago. Always feared 3D applications or anything appart Adobe After Effects and Photoshop to emulate the elusive 3D look on Motion Graphics.
  •     This book is beginners, really??? it does nothing for me. Most of the assignments I did in class, I had no clue of what I was doing.
  •     Cinema 4D is a great 3d modelling and animation tool that is (for this type of software) not too expensive, and very powerful. However, for newbies like me the number of options is very, very intimidating.I recently purchased a copy of Cinema4D, and while I enjoyed working through all the tutorials in the manual, I found they too quickly got into some of the finer points of the product, and I felt rushed. Anne Powers' marvelous new book gets it just right. You very quickly are doing modest little scenes that *look great*. She also has you leap right into animation in the first chapter, so while it's far from slowgoing, she still keeps the steps reasonable, and it felt like I was actually absorbing some of the lesson rather than just following it along. I also appreciate that she often doesn't have you import something 95% done, and you just click a few times to add one feature. Many examples have you building from scratch, which is especially helpful for those of us learning from the ground up.There's not alot of verbosity following each step explaining *why* you're doing it, and some may find that a flaw. But, I've found that as long as I take a little time to see what I'm doing, and what the results are, that this is not a problem, since Anne does keep each project very manageable.Finally, the DVD that comes with the book is *truly* useful. There's far more than source files for the examples. There are links to further study on each chapter's topics, extra artists work, detailed discussions on the most recent version (v8.5 as I write this), and more.Perhaps an industry veteran would find this all a bit simplistic, but I appreciated the pace and level of detail. She also leaves you with lots of great ideas and templates to use as a basis for your own work.
  •     I learned alot form this book despite having to fake my way through the tutorials. Bad disc and I couldn't get a replacement.
  •     This book offers an extensive exploration of the Cinema 4D R10 Three-D illustration program. It is a good compliment to the documentation that comes with the program and other...
  •     Cinema 4d is great for any design-oriented individual who is more comfortable with bezier curves than Hypershades and Non Uniform Rational B-Splines. Other 3d programs do more, but Cinema 4d is written with the graphics designer in mind.So it should come of little wonder that eventually a very good designer would share their experiences with this program. Along comes Anne Powers.Exceptionally well written. Most books leave you scratching your head after successfully animating a bouncing ball and making a pathetic rocket ship... This is a cookback of different recipes, each giving you a starting point for your own exploration.
  •     well written and informative. comes with a disc full of examples that are easy to use. graphics are great.
  •     I have been working with Cinema 4d for about 9 months and have had to feel my way around the program due to the lack of books in English. I have to say, this book has taught me so much. The projects are easy to follow and well written and there are clear pictures to help you. She covers so much information, from modeling to rendering, that will help any 3D artist with whatever they are trying to achieve. This book is a must-have for any 3D enthusiast. Kudos to Mrs. Powers for writing this terrific book!
  •     I was amazed that even though I calculated the shipping to occur on 9/10 it actually arrived 9/8. Earlier today I picked it up and was grateful that it arrived as quick as it did.

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