View Full Version : Finally got my copy - now where do I start

06-26-2003, 02:38 PM
So I finally got a copy of LW 7.5 and I am trying to figure out where to begin. I have bought LW6 and LW7 by Dan Ablan but I have never used a animation product before. I work in the Entreprise Application space so I pick up applications pretty quickly. Can anybody suggest what book, video or other they would use if they were just starting out. Thanks

06-26-2003, 02:58 PM
I have a very good Intro Course for Lightwave that covers much of the things youll be interested in. Its over 30 hrs of material
and covers Modeling, Texturing, Lighting and Animating/FX and is project based. The courses are self paced and come with online support that lasts as long as you are working on the course. Check it out HERE (http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/introtolightwave.htm)
I have over an hour of samples from the various courses that you can look at HERE (http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/support/sampler.htm)

06-29-2003, 11:50 PM
Hi NPenn,

you will be understanding and working in LightWave faster than you realize once you go through my 3D Garage Signature Courseware for LightWave.

I've written 5 internationally best selling books on LightWave 3D, which have sold in 8 countries worldwide. The 3D Garage Courseware has been designed from years of real world experience, and years of real world LightWave teaching. Feel free to head on over to the site at www.3dgarage.com and download the free, high quality one hour demo. We have a free forum you can visit and use as a sounding board anytime. We never charge for support, and once you're a student, you're always a student. Support is free anytime, all the time. Feel free to even just call or email.

Thanks! Best of luck.

Dan Ablan
AGA Digital Studios, Inc.

Editor - in - Chief
Keyframe Magazine

AGA is a NewTek Authorized LightWave Training Facility

06-30-2003, 01:08 AM
Hey Pennington, the nice thing is that you have some good choices. Ive been involved in the CGI industry since the mid 80s with a broad range of experience. Ive been lead artist at a major video game company(American Laser Games).
Ive done regional commericals, discovery channel work etc.
Ive been a technical director on an all CGI TV (Dan Dare, Max Steel) series at Netter Digital (the studio that did Babylon 5) and on the character team at Foundation Imaging.
I was also an CGI artist at Amalgamated Pixels on several film projects including IMAX. Ive written articles for magazines and have been involved with teaching for many many years.
The nice thing is I bring a lot of real world experience and many many tips and tricks not covered in any books or videos to my courses and CDs. A very inexpenisve option are my Tour CDs. This is the exact same materials covered at the Newtek sponsored Lightwave World Wide Tour Seminar and Lightwave Next Dimension Seminars. This is over 20 HOURS of material for $120.00. The CDs cover a wide range of topics, many of which are not covered in other books, CDs or videos.
You can see whats on the Tour CDs
http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/worldwidetour.htm and http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/nextdimensiontour.htm
Youll be hard pressed to find a better deal. That comes out to $6.00 per training hour and access to our support forum as well. You can see a few examples of my work HERE (http://www.splinegod.com/modeling_and_animations.htm)

06-30-2003, 01:24 AM
Here's a table of contents of tutorials online for free. http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/
There used to be more a few years ago. It seems some have taken down their tutorials and have come out w/ dvd's,cd's, and books. $$$$ :mad:

06-30-2003, 06:00 AM
Originally posted by npennington
So I finally got a copy of LW 7.5 and I am trying to figure out where to begin. I have bought LW6 and LW7 by Dan Ablan but I have never used a animation product before. I work in the Entreprise Application space so I pick up applications pretty quickly. Can anybody suggest what book, video or other they would use if they were just starting out. Thanks

You can go to Newtek's FTP site and download a variety of tut's. I believe there are movie files that show Layout and Modeler basics. I downloaded them when I first started about six months ago.


06-30-2003, 06:20 PM
Thanks everyone for their comments so far. I appreciate all the authors trying to sell their wares :D, (BTW - Dan I have two of your books I as soon as I get LW 7.5 up and going I am planning on digging in. )

Now could some of the users of these products give me their honest oppinon. What training material did you like? Do you use CDs, DVDs, VHS or did you just buy a book? Which one did you think was the best. Thanks

06-30-2003, 07:03 PM
Anytime -
feel free to email me directly if you have any questions, or problems with LightWave.


06-30-2003, 10:05 PM
I'm going to throw in one more place to consider that doesn't get as much press.

Simplylightwave.com has video tutorials for download. Some are free and some are pay. All the ones I have looked at are excellent. The prices are reasonable if you want to pay. For example, they have a tutorial on building a detailed Fender Strat. It is broken into about 20 or so videos of 30-45 minutes each. Something like 12 hours. I just started getting them but if memory serves me, it is about $50 for the whole tutorial.

For books, another series to consider is the [Digital] series by New Riders. Dan has one on Digital Cinematography that is invaluable IMO. The two others in the series are Texturing & Painting and Lighting & Rendering. A forth on compositing is due out any time.

For books specifically geared towards Lightwave, I personally have found Dan's the best to go from. His Lightwave 6.5 Magic was an interesting departure from the typical 'do this, now do this, now you have a model' type book. The [Digital] series I mentioned is my favorite for general 3D info.

For me, my preference is the computer video. I like having the video running on one monitor and LW open in the other to follow along.

06-30-2003, 10:36 PM
Hey npen,
Heres a few threads you can look at.
Since these threads my pricing has changed as well and theres more material.

07-01-2003, 08:11 AM
Hey, Larry... may I send you and email?

07-01-2003, 09:04 AM
Hey Cory!
Thanks much for the comments.

I only did half of the Magic book. Some people loved it, some people hated it. It's a 'cookbook' of LightWave effects, but some of the effects kind of suck.

We're departing again from the standard this fall with a familiar series - the "Killer Tips" series from Scott Kelby. This time, we'll be doing "LightWave Killer Tips" - it's 200 pages of quick tips. Then of course, we'll have the next edition of "Inside LightWave" with all new tutorials.

Thanks again. More free stuff coming to www.3dgarage.com soon.


07-01-2003, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by Hiraghm
Hey, Larry... may I send you and email?
Anytime! :)
[email protected]

07-01-2003, 03:37 PM
The information has been great keep it coming. Thanks for all the support so far. :D