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Blender 2.5 Materials and Textures Cookbook Review / DS Challenge - win a free copy


Justin, on his website, published a review of Colin Lister's "Materials and Textures Cookbook" and provides a small overview about what the book covers, how it is structured, and who the target audience is.

Link to the review:


In addition he also hosts a design challenge and offers a free version

Justine writes:

Interested in getting your hands on a Blender book? Well, here's your chance! All you have to do is participate in the DS Challenge. The DS Challenge has been made to challenge Blender users to work around limitations and find new solutions that otherwise would have been overlooked. Not only does this get you to learn more about Blender, but you also have a chance to win a prize for doing so!

Link to the Challenge:


  1. I bought this book and found it very useful. It really goes into great detail for creating very realistic looking scenes. Thanks Colin for this wonderful addition to the Blender Library!

  2. I do not see any rules about textures.

    The winner will be picked before seeing the polygons?

    This contest seems to beg us to find or render an awesome image and paste it on a single polygon.

    So is this what the book will teach us to do?

  3. @ James
    i dont believe so, because you can actually win, without seeing the faces, and if you have gone over, then you will not win, also, I do believe there will be a rule against that (as thats a given, because then its not 'Created" in blender, it just is an image render, so I doubt you could win like that

    Check out my entry, 466 faces, and it features a well

    its called A lone well

    and yeah it seems a little dark, but wouldnt any sunset picture be?

  4. I bought the book and was quite disappointed about the fact that all images are in black & white.
    A book about textures without color images is really nonsense.
    The books from Packt I own (about ArchiViz with Blender and "Incredible Machines") were of the same poor quality.

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