Along these lines, I’d like to, once again, congratulate DAZ_jared for doing such a splendid job on the materials he has created for DAZ 3D so far. I really hope that they have him continue to do so. I wish that we could have him for Carrara - but he’s too important to be chained only to our whims and wants. His writing style combined with the wonderful illustrations are very welcome to my way of thinking and learning - very easy to read and understand.
That said, I’d have to also commend the authors of the Carrara User Guide as well, for those same reasons.
JAY_NOLA always has a few books to offer up as “Must Haves” and I am somewhat embarrassed that I still don’t own any of them. In my defense, Amazon wouldn’t take PayPal, my way of commerce on the internet, and I have looked at some really cool book stores for the ones he’s mentioned to me - unfortunately for me, to no avail.
I believe that Jack Whitney (Carrara 5 Essential Training at Lynda.com) and Ringo Monfort (DAZ 3D Published Artist) used to work for Eovia when they owned Carrara, so did Dogwaffle’s Philip Staiger. Jack’s exploration into Carrara 5 is incredibly relevant to modern Carrara, besides the missing new features. He also had his hand in on the Carrara 5 Pro User Guide available most times at Amazon. Ringo’s shaders have always been a treat. Someone whom truly understands what makes Carrara’s incredible render engine tick!
Anyways, I have a huge admiration for Phil Wilkes training style. I still have yet to purchase his beginner course - I just missed a great opportunity to get it for half off, too! Argh! Which now contains a new chapter on Carrara 8.5’s new features. His video lessons are very good and the working files that are included actually make the price of the Advanced course a real steal! He is most gracious and gives you a lot of training which makes for a lot of new content.
PhilW, Mark Bremmer, and Jack Whitney (I’ve never seen the other guy’s videos) are all very good at teaching Carrara. It’s good entertaining TV for me. So I need to break down and buy Phil’s beginner course and Mark Bremmer’s entire course. The cost seems high, true. But the value is all there and I look forward to spending those two hundies!