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3D Motion Graphics for 2D Artists: Conquering the 3rd Dimension (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Dezember 2011


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Bill Byrne is a multimedia digital artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. His visual and sound art focuses on building surrealistic, organic worlds. He makes digital-photomontage-based prints, animated installations and conceptual sound art podcasts. He performs experimental electronic music with a laptop, Game boy and circuit bent toys with his wife Suzanne as The Painful Leg Injuries. They have recently performed at Make magazine's Maker Faire in Austin. On November 14th 2007 he was the invited speaker at Bloomfield College in New Jersey discussing his career as a fine artist and professional designer. Prints of his digital photomontage were chosen to be in Arts and Science Collaborators Digital exhibitions in 2001, 2002, and 2004. His image The Flowering was published in the October 2005 issue of Wired magazine. His article Wii Will Rock You was published in Make magazine's issue #14 (Spring 2008). As well as making art, Bill is also a professional motion graphics designer and editor for television and film. He has worked with clients such as Electronic Arts, NBC, Tiffany & Co., ABC Sports, ESPN, Panasonic, Snickers and RCA Records. His film projects include the title sequence and special effects for the independent feature Red Doors (winner, best narrative feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2005). He has also directed and animated the video for "All About House Plants" for the DVD project, Addendum by the band One Ring Zero. Bill has also been involved in education for a number of years. From 2004 to 2007 he was a professor of Digital Filmmaking at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York. He is now the academic director of the Media Arts and Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Game Art and Design and Digital Filmmaking and Video Production departments at The Art Institute of Austin. Bill is a graduate from New York's School of Visual Arts Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Related Media. Bill is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CS3. He lives with his wife, Suzanne in Austin, Texas.

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Dip in your toe 14. März 2012
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This book assumes you are a 2D motion graphics artists looking to learn some 3D. That's not really me - while I've animated stuff in Flash, I've spent more time working in 3D. Not too much animating in 3D, though, more just creating static 3D models, so I thought this book would be interesting.
The book IS interesting, because it doesn't assume you know certain things already. I learned about a bunch of software and what it does, like Cinema 4D and Zbrush. I'd heard of Zbrush before, I'd even seen video of something being created in Zbrush but I was kind of "wth is that?"
I also learned some of the 3D features of Photoshop, which being an old Photoshop dinosaur I really had no idea even existed.
Really this book just dips its toe in here and dips its toe in there and I think it's main purpose is just to help you get pointed in the right direction. It's not going to turn a 2D motion graphics artist into a 3D one, but you know how half the battle of finding something with a search engine is knowing the name or how to describe what you're looking for? This book may be the knowledge you need to know what knowledge you need and where to research further.
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3 D is here for the average computer artist! 22. März 2012
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This is an excellent item for the computer artist who wants to delve into 3 D and do it on the 2 D computer screen with out special equipment. Our college computer lab was very enthusiastic to receive this book and begin working with it as we have the latest technology there. Many of the items are for those who are experienced, but when you put the DVD into your computer and see the samples, it all comes to life. I would highly recommend this as a start to the next step in improving computer usage.
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An introductory tutorial by illustrated examples + DVD for novices 27. Januar 2012
Von Eugene Tenenbaum - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The ISBN 0240815335 (3D Motion Graphics for 2D Artists) is the simplest possible introductory step-by-step tutorial by illustrated examples starting from the basics for anyone also not familiar with 3D. The illustrated examples are often full or partial screen snapshots of the software programs being explained. The title shares many similarities with the introductory part of the industry standard "Inside AutoCAD", and it is equally useful. It is perfect for novices and those not mathematically gifted. The explanations are simplest possible and crystal clear. There is not much to read, but to look at the illustrations in color. Almost all tutorial pages contain several illustrations. The DVD contains examples to practice on while following book instruction. It also contains video instruction teaching techniques from the book. The book - as all published by Focal Press - is very well done graphically and soft-bound. Every illustration is perfect. The quality of printing on semi-glossy paper is superb. The covers are coated, stain resistant, and strong.
This book gave me a few skills I didn't already have. 16. März 2012
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This book should be marketed as a book for aspiring television and film animators, who already know some 2D, and specifically who have access to certain software (However, he does mention a free program and that you can get 30-day trials to complete the tutorials in the book). It sort of burst my bubble just a bit when the author claimed that Adobe After Effects is the premier choice software for 3D animation. I have Adobe CS5.5 Creative Design Suite for digital design classes. Flash (which used to be Macromedia software) is the animation program in MY suite; not After Effects. But, I paid attention just the same. I've worked with Illustrator and Photoshop, and after figuring out a few things the author omitted (like which folder on the companion CD was the location of each file that we worked with.), I finally managed to do the exercises for PS and Ill. They were cool, and I learned some new tricks. I also realized that, by doing a search, the PS program icon for CS5.5 on Mac Lion must be right-clicked, and you have to click the check box to open the software in 32-bit mode to get access to a whole lot of features; and for this book it was the filter, "Lighting Effects". So, of course, my finding out that CS5.5 on Lion is a problem to begin with (regardless of the green light from Apple and Adobe to install it) is not the author's fault. At least this book led the way for me to find out now instead of later.

The author starts out with basics of 2D, 2.5D, and 3D, as well as tips on getting into the business he is in. He has researched some 3D and animation software, pros and cons, prices, for the benefit of the reader, which is always a plus.

I have worked with 3D, 2D, and animation, so I thought by the title that this book was for me.

For the purposes of not taking way too much time to do this review, I chose to review it based on the two tutorials I did do, I opted not to get into any 30-day trials, and based on how I read the book in it's entirety.

Perhaps I should have read more about the book prior to ordering it. Maybe the title should read, "3D Motion Graphics with X and X software packages: For 2D Artists Conquering the third dimension". That would be fair.

I love the style of Art the author shares with the reader. I am really into tutorial books. I enjoyed the tutorials I did. The book covers many tools of his trade. It also covers his philosophy of his trade. I am glad I got the book. Well-written, sturdy, many screen shots, much wisdom. Just a tad vague and presumptuous.
A helping hand while you cross the bridge from 2D to 3D 3. März 2012
Von Jerry Saperstein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is intended for experienced 2D artists who want to add 3D skills to their repertoire. Author Byrne is very clear that "3D is a lot more difficult than 2D". Second, "some knowledge" of Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator is assumed by the author. In reality, knowledge of these tools is essential since a good chunk of the book, about a third, deals exclusively with Adobe products. I would suggest that an intermediate knowledge of these products is necessary to get value from this book. As Byrne says: "[w]e are assuming that you are a knowledgeable 2D motion graphic artist. This book does assume a background with the Adobe CS suite, mainly Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator , and Adobe After Effects." And he means a solid background - rank beginners need not apply.

Bill Byrne knows his stuff. His writing style tends toward the pedestrian, but he does communicate his points in a straight-forward way.

He begins, unsurprisingly, with a short explanation about creating the illusion of depth and then a summary discussion of 3D tools, which is pretty good. One thing that will impress the uninitiated: 3D software is expensive. But there is always the open-source Blender.

Next come a hundred pages or so of using Adobe tools to create 3D effects. Considering the widespread ownership or access to the Adobe programs, this will be probably be the most valuable part of the book, together with a chapter on 3D type effects.

A lot of the book will not be helpful to the general reader, for example, a chapter devoted to Cinema 4D Mograph tools. My budget and interest are too limited to warrant purchasing this expensive tool and my time too limited to deal with its steep learning curve.

I've read another Bill Byrne book and he has continued an annoying "feature": short, boring filler interviews with people in the field. School age students might find these motivational. I don't.

There are lots of illustrations and the typography and layout re good.

Overall, I think this is a good tutorial for someone with intermediate 2D skills who wants to add basic 3D skills. Lots of step-by-step instructions.

Jerry
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