This book is ideal for graphic programmers who want to get up and running with Vulkan. It's also great for programmers who have experience with OpenGL and other graphic APIs who want to take advantage of next generation APIs. A good knowledge of C/C++ is expected.What You Will LearnLearn fundamentals of Vulkan programing model to harness the power of modern GPU devices.Implement device, command buffer and queues to get connected with the physical hardware.Explore various validation layers and learn how to use it for debugging Vulkan application.Get a grip on memory management to control host and device memory operations.Understand and implement buffer and image resource types in Vulkan.Define drawing operations in the Render pass and implement graphics pipeline.Manage GLSL shader using SPIR-V and update the shader resources with descriptor sets and push constants.Learn the drawing process, manage resources with synchronization objects and render 3D scene output on screen with Swapchain.Bring realism to your rendered 3D scene with textures, and implement linear and optimal texturesIn Detail
Vulkan, the next generation graphics and compute API, is the latest offering by Khronos. This API is the successor of OpenGL and unlike OpenGL, it offers great flexibility and high performance capabilities to control modern GPU devices. With this book, you'll get great insights into the workings of Vulkan and how you can make stunning graphics run with minimum hardware requirements.
We begin with a brief introduction to the Vulkan system and show you its distinct features with the successor to the OpenGL API. First, you will see how to establish a connection with hardware devices to query the available queues, memory types, and capabilities offered. Vulkan is verbose, so before diving deep into programing, you'll get to grips with debugging techniques so even first-timers can overcome error traps using Vulkan's layer and extension features.
You'll get a grip on command buffers and acquire the knowledge to record various operation commands into command buffer and submit it to a proper queue for GPU processing. We'll take a detailed look at memory management and demonstrate the use of buffer and image resources to create drawing textures and image views for the presentation engine and vertex buffers to store geometry information.
You'll get a brief overview of SPIR-V, the new way to manage shaders, and you'll define the drawing operations as a single unit of work in the Render pass with the help of attachments and subpasses. You'll also create frame buffers and build a solid graphics pipeline, as well as making use of the synchronizing mechanism to manage GPU and CPU hand-shaking.
By the end, you'll know everything you need to know to get your hands dirty with the coolest Graphics API on the block.Style and approach
This book takes a practical approach to guide you through the Vulkan API, and you will get to build an application throughout the course of the book. Since you are expected to be familiar with C/C++, there is not much hand-holding throughout the course of the book.
3ds Max is the world's most popular animation modeling and rendering software used to create 80 percent of commercially available video games, including those for Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's Playstation 3, and Nintendo's Wii. It is an expensive, intricate program that can take years to thoroughly master.
As the ultimate comprehensive reference and tutorial on 3ds Max, this guide contains in-depth coverage of every aspect of 3ds Max and explores the newest features that the latest version has to offer. You'll learn to master the complexities of 3ds Max under the guidance of 3D expert Kelly Murdock.Includes in-depth detail on all the latest features for veterans of earlier versions of 3ds Max from 3D expert Kelly Murdock Shares expert advice, timesaving techniques, and more than 150 step-by-step tutorials Features a 16-page, full-color insert with inspiring examples of cutting-edge 3ds Max art Bonus DVD contains all the examples from the book, unique models and textures that you can customize on your own, and a searchable, full-color version of the book
A Quick Start chapter shows you how to create an exciting animation on your very first day with the software so you can dive in and get started immediately.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
InDesign is a powerful publishing tool that serves as the standard program for professional layout and design. The latest version boasts a variety of updates and enhancements. Packed with real-world examples and written by industry expert Galen Gruman, this in-depth resource clearly explains how InDesign CS5 allows for better typography and transparency features, speedier performance, and more user control than any other layout program.Shows you the vast updates to the newest version of InDesign, including speedier performance, sharper functionality, and new object styles Offers insight for taking advantage of using the dynamic spell check, creating anchored objects that follow text, creating object styles that can be applied for consistent formatting, and more Shares real-world tips and techniques as well as helpful examples from industry expert and popular author Galen Gruman
Whether you are aiming to produce ad campaigns, magazines, interactive PDF files, or other forms of media, InDesign CS5 Bible offers everything you need to know to quickly get up to speed with the latest version of InDesign.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Key FeaturesComplete step-by-step, walkthroughs of essential techniques every animator needs to know.
Features interviews with leading experts and experienced animation leads.
Companion web site including all exercise/example scene files and extras such as video tutorials and animation files.
Interlude articles covering everything from Reference Video to Resumes.
Key FeaturesProvides step-by-step introduction to the art of game designing, prototyping and playtesting innovative games
A design methodology used in the USC Interactive Media program, a cutting edge program with hands-on exercises that demonstrate key concepts and the design methodology
Insights from top industry game designers presented through interview format
Key FeaturesThe entire game world development process; from planning to 3D modeling, UV layout, and creating textures.
Exercises and projects to practice with; each section includes projects to guide you through creating different world genres.
The updated companion website—www.lukeahearn.com/textures/ now includes video tutorials in addition to updated sample textures, shaders, materials, actions, brushes, program demos, plug-ins and all art from the book—all the tools you need in one place.
Key FeaturesProvides the critical skills any good game designer should have, such as narrative, characterization, progression, challenges, world building, plot, and rewards Using a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach, this book teaches prospective game designers how to excel in creating their own worlds and adventures without having to learn any programming or technical computer skills Includes clear and concise chapter objectives, chapter overviews, examples, case studies, key terms and multiple in-depth analyses Multiple case studies are provided and thoroughly analyzed so that readers will be familiar with the concepts and methodologies involved in each task Over the course of the book, readers will develop a professional level asset for inclusion in a portfolio of work suitable for submitting to job applications
Highlights of the Second Edition
New chapters on level sets and vortex methods
Emphasizes hybrid particle–voxel methods, now the industry standard approach
Covers the latest algorithms and techniques, including: fluid surface reconstruction from particles; accurate, viscous free surfaces for buckling, coiling, and rotating liquids; and enhanced turbulence for smoke animation
Adds new discussions on meshing, particles, and vortex methods
The book changes the order of topics as they appeared in the first edition to make more sense when reading the first time through. It also contains several updates by distilling author Robert Bridson’s experience in the visual effects industry to highlight the most important points in fluid simulation. It gives you an understanding of how the components of fluid simulation work as well as the tools for creating your own animations.
Presents key graphics algorithms that are commonly employed by state-of-the-art game engines and 3D user interfaces
Provides a hands-on look at real-time graphics by illustrating OpenGL ES and shader code on various topics
Depicts troublesome concepts using elaborate 3D illustrations so that they can be easily absorbed
Includes problem sets, solutions manual, and lecture notes for those wishing to use this book as a course text.
However, certain aspects of game design, game development, and 3D modeling and animation will impact the visual development and art creation process. So, at points throughout we will explore topics such as game engine performance and game mechanics, though at a very high-level, bird's-eye, vantage point and only as they pertain to the visual development of the various assignments throughout this book.
Through the completion of the exercises and assignments contained within Visual Development for Web & Mobile Games readers will be guided through the visual development process and execution of a variety of concepts and assets (final game art). This includes categories such as characters, props, and backgrounds, within an isometric design template. The categories themselves will relate more to their function within a very simple game design template than their completed visual representation (e.g., the "big build-able" category could be anything from a town square to a fire breathing dragon as long as it fits within the bare bones parameters of the asset types functionality). The concept, theme, and style of these assets, as well as the world they inhabit, will be completely up to the individual artist.
Key FeaturesWeaves knowledge of classic visual development principles and web/mobile game art production practices. Assignments and exercises at the end of every chapter allow the reader to create a game art project from start to finish. Examines both 2D/3D game art pipelines. Includes a companion website with project files, asset downloads & author created video tutorials.
This book has been created for anyone who wants to learn how to develop their own game using Blender and Unity, both of which are freely available, yet very popular and powerful, tools. Not only will you be able to master the tools, but you will also learn the entire process of creating a game from the ground up.What You Will LearnDesign and create a game concept that will determine how your game will look and how it will be playedConstruct 3D models of your game characters and create animations for them before importing them into the gameBuild the game environment from scratch by constructing the terrain and props, and eventually put it all together to form a sceneImport and integrate game assets created in Blender into Unity—for example, setting up textures, materials, animation states, and prefabsDevelop game structures including a game flow, user interface diagram, game logic, and a state machineMake the game characters move around and perform certain actions either through player inputs or fully controlled by artificial intelligenceCreate particles and visual effects to enhance the overall visual aestheticDeploy the game for various types of platformsIn Detail
In the wake of the indie game development scene, game development tools are no longer luxury items costing up to millions of dollars but are now affordable by smaller teams or even individual developers. Among these cutting-edge applications, Blender and Unity stand out from the crowd as a powerful combination that allows small-to-no budget indie developers or hobbyists alike to develop games that they have always dreamt of creating.
Starting from the beginning, this book will cover designing the game concept, constructing the gameplay, creating the characters and environment, implementing game logic and basic artificial intelligence, and finally deploying the game for others to play. By sequentially working through the steps in each chapter, you will quickly master the skills required to develop your dream game from scratch.Style and approach
A step-by-step approach with tons of screenshots and sample code for readers to follow and learn from. Each topic is explained sequentially and placed in context so that readers can get a better understanding of every step in the process of creating a fully functional game.
This book studies interfaces as images and images as interfaces. It offers a comprehensible framework to study graphical representations of visual information. It explores the relationship between visual information and its graphical supports, taking into account contributions from fields of visual computing. Graphical supports are considered as material but also as formal aspects underlying the representation of digital images on the digital screen.