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TMK123
04-15-2005, 12:34 AM
Ok, thanks for looking..

I have a question..im kindof overwhelmed with lightwave im having trouble getting into it, im moderatly new to 3d, and know the ui pretty well but i'd like to get more into it..

Pretty much what im asking is what can i buy that will take me from bassicly opening lightwave to creating some good looking scenes and have me up and running uv mapping animating and modeling..

Thanks for your time..

Johnnyx
04-15-2005, 01:28 AM
..the Desktop Images DVD's which were bundled with 7.5 last year were excellent... so I can recommend them.. i guess I'll hang onto my set - great for getting co-workers into LW...

http://www.desktopimages.com/LW7DVD.shtml

bit pricey?

J

Silkrooster
04-15-2005, 01:29 AM
Check out the videos at kurvstudios.com, 3dgarage.com and splinegod.com. All three have very excellent learning material to get you up and running. Now its just a matter of how much are you willing to spend. Before you answer, keep one thing in mind, it takes money to make money.
Silk

Wonderpup
04-15-2005, 02:18 AM
Hi TMK123,

For the texturing and UV mapping side I would recommend the book Lightwave 8 texturing by Leigh van der byl, published by wordware. This book does a really good job of 'demystifying' the whole process, particularly the UV stuff.

Another great book is the 1001 tips and tricks book, also from wordware.

hazmat777
04-15-2005, 02:47 AM
I think Silkrooster is right. There are a lot of free video tuts you can download from the places mentioned, but if you want to get that "insider" info you'll probably have to pay something for it, which is absolutley the way it should be. I guess maybe you should let the community know if you learn better visually (videos) or from reading books and then the recommendations will be more helpful.

Gollum
04-15-2005, 05:08 AM
There are a couple of fairly good and not "beginner only" free video tuts over at simplylightwave.com. There's also some on 3D Buzz (2nd lesson doea a fair bit of modeling) and 3D Palace (good intro to rigging and an interesting modeling session).

No tutorial or training seminar on this planet will turn you into a you a 3D professional overnight. They can help you along, but it still requires practice, lots of practice! Just keep doing stuff that you're interested in. You want to learn modeling? Just dive into it! If you don't get it right the first time, try again, it takes some time to get a hang of things.

Tutorials are a great way to get some more information on specific aspects of 3D software and learn the odd new technique. In the end its up to you to master and aplly these techniques to your own workflow though...

mattclary
04-15-2005, 05:24 AM
"Inside LightWave" is an absolute must.

theo
04-15-2005, 08:06 AM
Pretty much what im asking is what can i buy that will take me from bassicly opening lightwave to creating some good looking scenes and have me up and running uv mapping animating and modeling..

To add to the advice stated already in the thread:

Based on your desires you will need to devote an incredible amount of time as well. Possibly several months to a couple of years to be become moderately proficient.

mattclary
04-15-2005, 08:45 AM
Based on your desires you will need to devote an incredible amount of time as well. Possibly several months to a couple of years to be become moderately proficient.

Absolutely.

Tiger
04-15-2005, 09:14 AM
Go here and have fun:
http://www.3dgarage.com/

nemac4
04-15-2005, 09:46 AM
Also check out these:

http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/index.html

and

http://www.flay.com

and

http://www.simplylightwave.com

UnCommonGrafx
04-15-2005, 10:41 AM
Regardless of what you get, remember to look at them again, once in a while.

And remember to go to your local 'old books' place to find some of the old gems out there.

Kanephan
04-15-2005, 10:45 AM
If you're looking for a book that will teach you a little about everything lightwave has to offer (and then you can take it from there with online tutorials and just messing around with the program) I would highly reccomend the Visual Quickstart Guide (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/032123295X/qid=1113583324/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl14/103-5078308-5328638?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

That is a really good foundation for you if you read it from cover to cover and try the exercises. But of course the book can't do it all, so I would couple it with reading some tutorials found on this site or anywhere for general things like lighting, organic modeling, etc.

lede
04-15-2005, 02:46 PM
Theo is 100% correct on the time factor. There is a lot of infomation for you to master and it takes lots of practice.

Here is one of my favorite sites thats has a lot of tutorials for Ligwave users.

http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm

Persistance is also another good asset. Learn to solve problems and don't hesitate to ask questions. Good luck and happy LWing

-Lee

TMK123
04-15-2005, 04:43 PM
wow hehe great, thanks for all the links, and i agree i dont care what the price as long as it will teach me what i need to know, (and i learn better visually.)

The one from desktop images coming from just using lightwave 8 as i have is there a huge differance in the 2 versions and will these dvd's still help?

Silkrooster
04-15-2005, 05:28 PM
you'll still learn from videos based on older version, it just they won't cover any new features of ver 8. Also the location of the menus and keyboard shortcuts will be different.
Silk

TMK123
04-15-2005, 06:43 PM
Thanks guys, i really appritiate the help! every post i've had you guys have answered with speed and accuracy!

Anyway just wanna say thanks!

I guess i'll be picking up the 10 set dvd next month looks to be a good set

Best wishes

TMK

TMK123
04-15-2005, 06:53 PM
One mroe question for those in school/college/post college :P

Does anyone know where i can get a list of accredited colleges that teach lightwave? or and 3d app for the matter.

Silkrooster
04-15-2005, 08:56 PM
Now your getting into Proton's area, Not only does he work for Newtek, act as a forum moderator on this forum. He also owns spinquad forum and teaches Lightwave at dave's school of graphics in Florida.
Proton, tell me if I got any of that wrong.
I have a lot of respect for him, he does so much yet still finds time to make videos for both forums to teach us a thing or two about lightwave.
Silk

SplineGod
04-16-2005, 10:33 PM
I have about 4 hours of free videos you can check out here:
http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/support