View Full Version : Any advise for a new user?

03-02-2005, 04:48 PM
Hello I am new to lightwave and need some advise. What would be the best referance materials to get, like books,videos,cds ect. I bought the full electronic pack version 8.0 it has no user manual does anyone have a printed user manual? If anyone has any used materials for sale that could help me let me know what you could sell them for. Are there any experienced users that could tell me what are the best referance books,tutorials to get to get started off right,really useful material. I have some experience with autocad,poser 5 ,photoshop 7 and corel painter but no experience with advanced 3-D programs. The work I have seen in the sample gallerys blew me away. I want to learn to do this. Some of the artwork I have seen I wouldnt even know where to start it is overwelming in the detail and photo realism,HOW DO THEY DO THIS? Can anyone tell me where to start how to get the best study guides ,tutorials. What are the best on-line forums? are there other on-line tutorials in addition to this one at lightwave. Thanks in advance for any help! Flyboy. Yes, I used to fly and enjoy aircraft I would like to model aircraft and related subjects to start. But starting anywhere would be good. Thanks again Flyboy

03-02-2005, 05:40 PM
Welcome aboard.

First off you can download the manual by logging in as a registered user. Click on the LW8 manual icon on the Newtek homepage. You can print it if you have enough papper and ink or just read it in Adobe reader.

Second, I would get a hold of and read everything you can get your hands on.

I just finished reading Inside Lightwave 8 by Dan Ablan. It's a great book as an introduction to LW, some advanced tips but pretty basic and easy to read and follow - it's full of tuts. It will get you up an running fast.

Third I would read every page of the LW 8 manual at least two or three times. I am on my first time around. This is your master reference. If you make up little tuts to try out stuff as you go it is best.

Forth people will chime in here and give you all kinds of other references on books and videos and great tuts. Soke it all up and you'll be flying.

But when it's all said and done, remember to be an artist first. Vision/tools in that order of importance.

Good luck,


03-03-2005, 02:26 AM
Since you are interested in modelling planes, it would be good for you to look at Ethangar's tutorial here: http://www.lwg3d.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15615


03-03-2005, 03:49 AM
I would suggest a reference to photographing planes. That way you'll have (if you don't already) some good pictures to try and emulate with LW's camera settings. This might be helpful and you can't beat the price.



03-03-2005, 07:32 AM
Whether you want to model planes or puppies, the key thing is to learn your tools well. And LW has a lot of tools; accept the fact that it is going to take time.

As for learning resources, after five years of self-education, I'm still convinced that the free on-line tutorials and the help given in these forums is far more useful and more valuable than 5 or 6 books you could buy.

Oh, and as Mdust said, do read the manual (go ahead and read it as a PDF file; it's heavier than heck when printed out); just be aware that the manual doesn't actually teach you to use LW (that's what the online tutorials are for) -- the manual is a reference to the tools.

Get started at Newtek's own tutorial site, and of course there's:

03-03-2005, 01:18 PM
Hi flyboy,

I would recommend the book Lightwave 3D 8 Texturing by Leigh van der byl. It's one of the clearest and most informative CG books I've ever bought. It also includes tutorials on how to create realistic metals, which is probably important if you are creating aircraft models. It's published by a company called wordware, and their site is www.wordware.com

03-03-2005, 02:48 PM
The link to that book's profile:


They also carry others such as LW 3D8 lighting

03-03-2005, 05:21 PM
I have a thread started on my forum about resources for beginner's. Goto http://www.silkrooster.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19
While you're there surf the forums and if you like go ahead and register, it free. The link is at the top of the page. Anyone else who wishes to add to this list is welcome, but you must register in order to post. See everyone there.