Best-selling AutoCAD author and expert George Omura guides you to 3D design success in Mastering AutoCAD 3D. Explore the world of 3D modeling and animation with AutoCAD 13 for Windows, 3D Studio 4, 3D Studio MAX, AutoVision 2, and Animator Studio 1.1 - plus Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, and other products designed for presenting in 3D on computer and video. This volume is the single most comprehensive and practical guide to the 3D design and presentation process. Build a 3D world. Create free-form surfaces, and manipulate objects in 3D space. Delve into the complexities of solid modeling and the different model-viewing methods. Render your creations in various formats with AutoVision, the AutoCAD add-on from Autodesk. Bring your designs to life with 3D Studio and 3D Studio MAX. Use special editing techniques to make your objects look more realistic, and soften the computer-generated look. Master the effective use of lighting and materials, and create professional-looking animations. Present your 3D world with style. Use Adobe Photoshop to enhance your 3D renderings. Use Adobe Premiere to turn your 3D Studio animations into finished video presentations complete with sound. Set up your 3D project to be viewed on the World Wide Web. Explore ways to communicate your design ideas through computer video, virtual reality walk-throughs, and multimedia. Take your AutoCAD designs into 3D, with the 3D capabilities of AutoCAD, AutoVision, and 3D Studio. Built on real-world design scenarios, this unique handbook shows you how to model and animate existing AutoCAD designs, as well as begin new ones. A great choice for architects and designers, the book's CD includes examples of the author's actual work, including animations and virtual reality-like walkthroughs of his designs.