I'm a newbie when it comes to Blender and Gimp, luckily Blender Master Class is just what I needed and I detail it in this video review.
Blender is a beast. At least to a guy like me that is usual in code and not in user interface tools. Sure I use Xcode, Eclipse, and Visual Studio but they just give me a place to code. I have used Photoshop, GIMP, and Expression Studio which make you depend on the tools available but Blender is in a class of its own.
I have downloaded it in the past around the time Big Buck Bunny was first released. I spent a few weeks playing with it, but got nowhere. This book convinced me to take another crack at it and I am really glad I did.
The book starts off with an introduction to Blender and a short introduction to GIMP. GIMP is another powerful open source tool the author uses for 2D image editing throughout the book. For a great book on GIMP check out The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything.
I have the iPad version as well as the book. The book has not arrived yet. The Ipad version is wonderful. Finally, publishers are taking some advantage of the possibilities of digital books. The pictures are not part of the text, but instead are embedded and independent. So, when an illustration is required, I can enlarge it to the full screen size of the iPad. This makes seeing the illustrations really clear and very nice. This book may be a little advanced for me. I scanned the entire thing and I am intimidated by its depth. As a beginner (2 years), the instructions may not be cookie cutter enough. But, the author intended that and makes it clear from the start. I think this book will be very helpful, and with an excellent index with hypertext, it will be a useful reference as well.
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