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Dick Nelson
06-17-2009, 01:36 PM
Can anyone suggest a good book for a beginner to learn LightWave

AdamAvenali
06-17-2009, 01:40 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Essential-LightWave-v9-Fastest-Easiest/dp/1598220241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245267501&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/LightWave-Texturing-Wordware-Graphics-Library/dp/1598220292/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245267501&sr=8-5

the only thing i would question is how up to date they are as far as 9.6 is concerned.

JeffrySG
06-17-2009, 01:58 PM
I'd also throw in Inside Lightwave 9. I own Inside and Essential and they both really helped in different ways when I was starting... Both have tons of videos on CD as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Inside-LightWave-v9-Dan-Ablan/dp/0321426843/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245268627&sr=1-1

AdamAvenali
06-17-2009, 02:15 PM
I'd also throw in Inside Lightwave 9. I own Inside and Essential and they both really helped in different ways when I was starting... Both have tons of videos on CD as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Inside-LightWave-v9-Dan-Ablan/dp/0321426843/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245268627&sr=1-1

oh good call. i knew i was missing one haha

and don't forget that the forum is an excellent source for info.

RollerJesus
06-17-2009, 02:24 PM
and don't forget that the forum is an excellent source for info.

but the video tutorials don't tell you to RTFM...

robert_Lavigne
06-17-2009, 03:01 PM
Once your a little further along grab Lightwave v9 Lighting by nicholas boughen.

borkus
06-17-2009, 07:03 PM
I wish that they would rewrite the manual in more of a tutorial way. I have tried my best over the last year to pour through it. But, I make it a couple of pages and I'm spent...

Dick Nelson
06-19-2009, 12:13 PM
I forgot to mention that we don't have LightWave 9, we're still on 8. However, I found some used books through Amazon, including some of those recommended, which are VERY cheap (used). Thanks for all the suggestions.

DrStrik9
06-19-2009, 01:19 PM
I wish that they would rewrite the manual in more of a tutorial way. I have tried my best over the last year to pour through it. But, I make it a couple of pages and I'm spent...

I've thought that too, but still it works fine as a Reference Manual. In other words, dive in, get stuck, open the pdf and do a search for keywords ... works for me. :-)

It would be tons more work to write and produce, but while we're in "fantasyland," I'd like to see a tiny button everywhere in LW itself (which you could globally turn off) that would take you to a web-tutorial about that particular feature. Of course, the reason this is total fantasy is because with this as an additional overhead for development, it would now take five times the staff, and/or five times the development time to make this happen EVERYwhere in LW each time there was an upgrade. LOL

BTW, I used Acrobat Pro to combine all the LW pdf's into one, including links to each table of contents line. It took awhile to do, but it's now a fantastic reference, allowing me to only open ONE document to search/find anything I need.

borkus
06-19-2009, 06:38 PM
That's an excellent idea, Mike. I hadn't thought of that. It would be a good amount of work, but would be worth it in the end. Lot less effort to get where you wanted.