View Full Version : Looking for a good book

Smiling Otis
09-30-2005, 01:22 PM

I have spent the last few months learning (or trying to learn) Lightwave. I bought a couple of books to help with this process but the book, "Lightwave 3D 8 Revealed", I am currently using, just doesn't seem to be cutting it. There seems to be some missing explanations in the exercises. I am about halfway through it and am feeling like it has been a somewhat waste of time. I did purchase Inside Lightwave 8 by Dan Ablan and was thinking about switching over to it and begin this journey anew. My questions is this a good book to learn the basics or is there another one out there that folks recommend? Any help and/or advice is greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to producing something in 3D this decade.

09-30-2005, 03:12 PM
I fine that video training has more detail. Ever book I have puchased has failed in many ways. They do not have a dummy approach which I need. If I can help with any thing let me know.

09-30-2005, 04:02 PM
I have never actually used Dan's book, but I have heard that it is very good, it is usually one of the first ones that people recommend from what I have seen......anyways, good luck, and I too hope that you are able to produce something in 3d this decade as well! I am sure that there are people here who could recommend other books as well, hopefully you find what you are looking for!


09-30-2005, 06:13 PM
The inside Lightwave books are my favorites. Although, it depends on what you want to do. Dan's books try to hit on every subject from character modeling to broadcast animation. If you want to do character animation, I would recommend Timothy Albee's book Lightwave 7 character animation.

09-30-2005, 06:34 PM
Inside LW 8 by dan A is very good, theres so much information.. But it might be worth looking at video tutes..

try Kurv Studios (http://www.kurvstudios.com/lightwave/)... look around the site as some vids don't show up straight away...

also check out Dan's courses (http://www.3dgarage.com/)

and try splinegod tutes (http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/)

All are excellent and well worth the money, check for free tutes at splinegod and kurv's site....


09-30-2005, 09:12 PM
I also agree that Inside LW 8 is a great book, This is one of my first books. Don't dismiss any books or video tutorials that are for an older version of LW. Check out Amazon some of the older books you can purchase really cheap with some being used books. Used books is a great way to start your book collection. One book will not do it. It is very easy to glaze over some parts of LW as the program is so vast.
Scott Cameron's list of tutorial over the internet is a great way to see how others create objects, etc. Mostly because they are free and some many subjects on LW are listed. You will find his website at http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm
Both Dan Ablan at www.3dgarage.com and Larry Schultz at www.splinegod.com have commercial and a sample of free video tutorials.
With the combination of video tutorials and books it won't be long and you'll be producing objects in no time.
One last thing, make sure you watch all of proton's videos right here on NT's website. Between, Proton, Dan and Splinegod it won't be long.

Smiling Otis
10-04-2005, 09:53 AM
Thank you so much for the very helpful information. Hopefully I will be on my way to the exciting land of 3D.

Again, thank you.