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Andrew Price - The Wow Factor
Andrew Price - The Wow Factor

Andrew Price - The Wow Factor
Ebook + Video tutorials + Project files | MP4 1280x720 | 1 hr.58min | 728MB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English

The Wow Factor is an eBook that teaches you how to create jaw dropping effects within the compositor! The lessons and tutorials taught inside, are a combined total of everything of using Blender.

This time round Andrew has produced an EBook in PDF format that covers various techniques of creating special effects in Blender 2.5?s using the Compositor.
The Ebook is organised in to a series of bite sized sections, each covering a different special effect, achieved using the Compositor.

Topics Covered Listing:
Soft Glow
Bright Glow
Anamorphic Flare
Lens Flare
Glare Ghosting
Reflecting Glare
Glare Burnout
Depth of Field
Chromatic Aberration
Motion Blur
Lens Distortion
Dirty Lens
Color Grading
Image Sharpening

Each process is described in a step by step, numbered manner, with numerous screen shots showing the various stages of Compositing, showing the progressive results of the different Compositing Nodes. Each different topic is also assigned a completion time indicating how long it should take the reader to carry out the task. I am not sure of the point of timing each process, but some users may find it useful.

Most of the topics are covered with minimal reading involved, which to be honest when dealing with the Compositor is a good thing. The pictures within the EBook are very clear and Andrew takes enough time to explain most of the important node features used to achieve the particular effects he is after. I would have liked a more detailed description of some features used by certain nodes, but for the purposes of getting certain effects, they were described adequately.

For the amount of information and number of pages within the EBook, some could argue that the price is a little high and while it certainly isnt a cheep EBook, it probably justifies the price. Because it covers Blender 2.5?s way of doing things (one of a very few that do) and covers special effects using Blenders Node editor, so it is worth the price for people who want to get up and running with Blender 2.5?s Node Editor as quickly as possible and have a set of special effects technique available to them after having read the EBook. As an added bonus Andrew mentions that the book will be updated as things change in Blender 2.5?s Compositor up to year 2012, so looking at it from that point of view, the price is not quiet as high as it seems.

The Beginning and Intermediate Blender users will, I think, get the most benefit out of this material rather than an advanced Blender user, as it is likely that someone with extensive knowledge will already know the Compositor tricks to produce the demonstrated special effects.

Overall an excellent resource for special effects and Blender 2.5 Compositor functionality.

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