BOOKS: GRAPHICS

“The Essential Blender,” edited by Roland Hess; $45 from Blender.org.

Blender is one of several high-end graphics and animation programs that are available free. They are a great way for people interested in these fields to start learning at low to no cost. A copy of Blender 2.44 is packaged with the book, and you can also download it from Blender.org. Blender works with PCs, Macs, Linux and several other operating systems.

If you do a Web search on this topic, you will quickly find several dozen graphics programs and add-on tools available for free. If you want to see whatEssential Blender these programs are capable of, go to the producer’s Web site, where you will often find a section called “gallery” or “user showcase.” These galleries are filled with great images and are worth the visit.

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