All posts for the day May 22nd, 2009

Great lighting is the key to getting professional-looking output from Maya and Mental Ray. Now, for the first time, Pixar Technical Director Jeremy Birn shares his secrets, his settings, and his Maya scenes, in a Maya-specific training DVD. This new DVD features over 3 hours of tightly edited demonstrations of professional lighting and rendering techniques using

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Advanced Character Animation with SOFTIMAGE|XSI? for Half-Life?2, part of the Noesis Interactive?, MOD Your World? training series, teaches how to “Evolve Your Character ” by focusing on bringing your character to life by animating or applying motion capture data to your own custom design characters within Half-Life?2.

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* Be introduced to modeling theories
* Learn how to use powerful tools like the Soft Modification Tool and the Split Edge Ring Tool.
* Learn how to create custom hotkeys and marking menus
* Import image planes and block out a character

* Create an Adobe Photoshop network
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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software’s vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.

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