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08-09-2004, 02:47 PM
Hello all... I'm new to lightwave and am very anxious to get started learning... Hopefully being a member of this forum will help me out a lot...

Typically, I learn best by doing (as most probably are)... Are there any good tutorials I can do to get me started? What is the best way to break the ice with this program? Thanks in advance for the help...


Martin Adams
08-09-2004, 03:13 PM
Hi knova,

Welcome to LightWave and welcome to the forum. There are many tutorials that you will find online which can help you out.

Here are some, I'm sure others will be able to add some more:

I was lucky enough to get LightWave with the Desktop Images DVDs. These really helped me get used to LightWave. The best one I found was the Get Into 7 one which covered a bit of everything.

I also recommend buying some books. My favourites are the Dan Ablan series so if you've just got LightWave [8], then go for Inside LightWave [8].

I'm also working though the LightWave [8] Signature Courseware from http://www.3dgarage.com. These are video tutorials created by Dan Ablan and so far I've found these to be very helpful indeed.

I've only been though the first few introductory tutorials and I've managed to improve my renders. Here's what I've created so far using some of the techniques of the courseware and I havenít even started the project parts of the videos.

Anyway, I hope it helps.


J Martin
08-09-2004, 05:41 PM
Hi Knova

I'm pretty new to the whole thing too. I first started with the manual but it's not well organized. At least 7.5's isn't. I just use it for reference and not for any real teaching.

Start with the Visual Quickstart Guide. It gives a great overview but you'll probably only read it once.

I'm now working on Essential Lightwave by Tim Albee. Very good tutorials but sometimes he skips over parts and you have to figure things out for yourself. Still, I finished my first human head. The ears look like crap but the rest is pretty good.

I've heard a lot of good things about 1001 Tips and Tricks.

Also, I think www.giger3D.com had some good tuts/pointers. I couldn't get to the site to confirm it but check it at some point.

Finally, keep reading this forum and ask questions. It really has the best group of people here.


08-09-2004, 05:53 PM
Thanks for all your help and suggestions thus far, guys... Seems that there are a lot of Martins on the board :D . Hey Martin A., that photo is very impressive and makes me even more excited about learning the program...

Thanks, again...

08-09-2004, 07:00 PM

hey Mods, I was thinking, why dont we have a tutorial, or welcome sticky.

It seems once a week we've got someone new coming in and asking where is the best place to get help.

Not that I really mind, but just thought it'd make it easier for people. :)

08-09-2004, 07:19 PM
Are you coming from another program or just starting out in 3d?

I love lightwave because I can almost make an entire model without sifting through the menu's (I'm kind of a newbie). Learn your shortcuts and lightwave becomes extremely user friendly. The menu's have the shortcut listed on the button so it's pretty easy to start remembering them.

Here are some that aren't as obvious but very useful:

Ctrl+Shift+Left Click - context menu
space - toggles between point and poly mode
n - opens numeric panel
0 (zero) - maximize/minimize viewport that mouse is over
a - fit object(s)/scene into viewport(s)
g - centers viewport where ever the mouse pointer is
. - zooms in
, - zooms out
enter - apply/deactivate tool
/ - deselects everything

Newtek's tutorials are really good, imo.

Hope it helps:)

08-09-2004, 07:46 PM
That's a good idea twister... Glad I was able to inspire such an idea... :D

Reed... I've actually been using Swift 3D, Plasma, and 3DS Max thus far, but I'm still relatively new to 3D design altogether. I'm kinda jumping into everything at once... Wish me luck!!! ... and thanks for the shorcuts... I'm definitely a shortcut person...

... I'm using Lightwave 7, by the way.

J Martin
08-12-2004, 03:17 PM

Actually, it wasn't giger3d.com that I was thinking about for tutorials. It's http://www.suture.net/tutorials/modeling/ Tons of great stuff there!

08-12-2004, 03:26 PM
Thanks J...

I was wondering about that link... This new one looks like loads of fun...


08-13-2004, 02:02 PM
Hi all, I am really new to this, I have had the lightwave for a few months and at this point is seems difficult. i know I will overcome this. I am a fashion designer, so we would like to use this as a different avenue for some things.

Thanks and glad to be here

J Martin
08-14-2004, 09:26 AM
Welcome FFB!

Lots of newbies. Maybe we should start a newbie support group :D