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Learning Autodesk Maya 2008: Foundation

Learning Autodesk Maya 2008, (Official Autodesk Training Guide, includes DVD): Foundation by Autodesk Maya Press
Learning Autodesk Maya 2008 I Foundation is your key to unlocking the power of Autodesk Maya software, directly from the creators of one of the world's most powerful 3D animation and effects software products. Get hands-on experience with the innovative tools and powerful techniques available in Autodesk Maya 2008. You'll gain a sense of the entire production process as you work on creating and animating characters from Sony Pictures Animation's feature film, Surf's Up. You'll even learn about compositing your characters into alternate environments in a bonus chapter on Autodesk Combustion software. Explore the Maya user interface, create organic structures with NURBS, apply forward and inverse kinematics, deform surfaces, learn to use Trax non-linear animation, discover rendering techniques, and so much more with this easy to follow guide to Maya. Includes bonus DVD with scene files, instructor-led podcasts, and other reference guides to give you a solid foundation in the art of animating with Maya.
Learning Autodesk Maya 2008, (Official Autodesk Training Guide, includes DVD): Foundation
Author: Autodesk Maya Press
Regular price: $69.99 - our discounted price: $38.24
Published by: Sybex; Paperback; 632 pages; web rating: 5; us ~ Department: Software, 3D Graphics, Computers & Internet: Graphic Design: General, Computers & Internet: General, Computers & Internet: Software: General, Paperback
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Learning Autodesk Maya 2008: The Special Effects Handbook

Learning Autodesk Maya 2008: The Special Effects Handbook by Autodesk Maya Press
Create mind-blowing special effects skills with Learning Autodesk Maya 2008 I The Special Effects Handbook. This completely updated official Maya guide focuses on dynamics and rendering, with in-depth tutorials covering lighting, texturing, and soft body and hard body dynamics. This exceptional, full-color guide uses LAIKA's award-winning short film Moongirl to guide you through clear step-by-step projects using the newest version of Maya. Learn how to create materials and textures, set up lights and cameras, work with shadows and raytracing, control renders, understand rendering for special effects and compositing, explore hardware and vector rendering, create caustics and global illumination effects, and much more.
Learning Autodesk Maya 2008: The Special Effects Handbook
Author: Autodesk Maya Press
Regular price: $69.99 - our discounted price: $35.00
Published by: Sybex; Paperback; 651 pages; web rating: ; us
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Mastering Revit Architecture 2008

Mastering Revit Architecture 2008 (Mastering) by Tatjana Dzambazova, Greg Demchak, Eddy Krygiel
The expert authors developed this practical reference and tutorial based on years of experience using the program and training others to do so. Unlike the competition, Mastering Revit is organized by how users learn and implement Revit and features detailed explanations, interesting real-world examples, and practical tutorials to help readers understand Revit and BIM concepts so that they can quickly start accomplishing vital Revit tasks. The innovative Appendices will detail important Revit tools and commands so that readers can quickly learn how a tool or command is used. An appendix on the Revit API will help developers understand the API's potential today and in the future.
Mastering Revit Architecture 2008 (Mastering)
Author: Tatjana Dzambazova, Greg Demchak, Eddy Krygiel
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Published by: Sybex; Paperback; 720 pages; web rating: 5; us
Department: CAD, CAD & CAM

Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008

Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 by Dana Probert E.I.T., James Wedding P.E.
• The perfect desktop guide to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 from a trio of award-winning authors who are Civil 3D experts; their practical tutorials and real-world examples focus squarely on teaching vital Civil 3D tips, tricks, and techniques
* Covers the best methods for creating, editing, displaying, and labeling all of the elements of a civil engineering project
* Features in-depth, detailed coverage of surveying, points, alignments, surfaces, profiles, corridors, grading, LandXML and LDT Project Transfer, cross sections, pipe networks, project management, Vault, and data shortcuts
* Includes a valuable CD with all the tutorial files necessary to complete the book's exercises, as well as useful utilities and plug-ins, and a trial version of the Civil 3D software.
Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008
Author: Dana Probert E.I.T., James Wedding P.E.
Regular price: $69.99 - our discounted price: $37.62
Published by: Sybex; Paperback; 806 pages; web rating: 5; us
Department: CAD, Surveying & Photogrammetry, CAD & CAM

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