View Full Version : 3d Software tutorial for a total newbie!!

06-23-2008, 02:57 PM
Hey Guys,

I'm trying to wrap my head around lightwave so i can get a basic understanding of how to do things. I've found some tutorials online and there great, only problem is is that I have NO experience in 3d apps. I need a tutorial that will start me from scratch. I know my way around editing, photoshop, etc.., just not 3D. Is there a tutorial, preferable video, that will start me at the very bottom so i can understand why im doing things and whats happening when i do. I can follow along and get a result form other ones, i just dont know why im getting that!!! lol. Thanks in advance.

06-23-2008, 08:03 PM
Any of Dan Ablan's "About LightWave #X" books are GREAT! And, as you've already noticed, there are numerous on-line tutorials, among which are many by William Vaughan, here: http://www.newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77002

Either way, it's gonna take you time, patience, and practice to "wrap your head around" LightWave or 3D!

06-23-2008, 08:23 PM

lots of goodness here as well

King Rygar
06-23-2008, 08:44 PM
Hey LMB and welcome from a fellow rookie!

I've been toying with Lightwave for a a little over a year now, and just recently got to the point where I simply love messing with it and learning every spare minute I get. You can hit roadblocks along the way but keep truckin' eventually you'll have alot of tricks up your sleeve to help out!

I highly recommend the book "Essential Lightwave v9".. It includes a disc with video tutorials on top of a great book so it will take you far.

I also started with the Dan Ablan Courseware and his v9 book, all very very good places to start.

And we are all here to help as well...... You can't go wrong!!! :)

06-23-2008, 09:49 PM
Yes, I'll second (or third) the recommendation to get Dan's Inside Lightwave 9 book, it comes with tons of free videos as well. After you go through that book I would then go through Essential Lightwave 9. Which is also great but a little more advanced. Between them both it will be the best money you could spend in my opinion.

06-24-2008, 07:50 AM
If you fancy being the cause for more beginner-level tutorials going up on LightWiki (http://www.lightwiki.com), feel free to post some tutorial requests on the tutorials page.


06-30-2008, 02:30 PM
thanks a ton guys, i am getting a lot of help from all these.

07-01-2008, 10:47 AM
As you are really diving in at the deep end I would recommend renderosity's tutorials http://www.renderosity.com/mod/tutorial/index.php

Also look out for http://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/index.php?ViewProduct=43366&

It helped me get my head around things in the early days - highly recommended.


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