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Real World Bryce 4
Susan A. Kitchens, Victor Gavenda, Peachpit Press.
At least 1000 pages, plus color section
Cross-platform CD-ROM
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Real World Bryce 2: The Art of the Digital Landscape
Susan A. Kitchens, Peachpit Press.
764 pages, 64 color pages
CD-ROM for Mac/Windows
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Revised and expanded, this book (read the FAQ on it here) will give you the whole scoop on using Bryce 2.1 for Mac and Windows. It still serves well for Bryce 3D and even for Bryce 4. (However, a book on Bryce 4 will be out in summer) It is filled with explanations, analysis, tutorials, and a gazillion images, plus a CD-ROM filled with tons of useful goodies for the Mac and Windows Brycer. (My first Bryce book won a Computer Press Award, whoo-yah!)

The QuickTime VR Book
Susan Kitchens, Peachpit Press
259 pages, Cross-platform CD ROM
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I got into QuickTime VR as a result of Bryce and its ability to do 360-degree panorama renders. In this book, I introduce QTVR for 4 audiences—photographers, 3D artists, web producers, and multimedia producers. From overview to start to finish production and the software tools, this book lays it all out. CD contains tons of creative examples to get your imagination-juices rolling!

QuickTime/Bryce-related book

QuickTime Pro 4 For Macintosh and Windows
A Visual QuickStart Guide
Judith Stern and Robert Lettieri, Peachpit Press
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This book—for both MacOS and Windows—introduces you to all the good stuff in QuickTime 4 and Movie Player Pro. If you’re making Bryce movies or QTVR or doing any QuickTime for the web, you’ll find this book a prized resource. It’s so utterly worth the price!
Bryce-related Books . . .

Islands in the Sky: Scenes from the Colorado Plateau
Jeff Nicholas, Lynn Wilson & Jim Wilson, Sierra Press, Inc. 96pp.
Paperback version
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This is a smallish coffee-table book (8 by 7 inches) containing wonderful photographs from the Colorado Plateau area of the United States (The Colorado Plateau is in the southwestern United States, in the “four corners” states: Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico The Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches National Monument, Monument Valley are all in this area). The photos are broken down into four sections– Earth, Rock, Water and Sky. I bought the book at one of the curio shops at Bryce Canyon when I went there to shoot the photo (the only photo!) that appears in my book. Islands in the Sky has been an inspiration and reference for my own Brycing, especially for terrain-making and texture making. I showed the book to Eric Wenger (Bryce’s creator, who was visiting what was, at the time, MetaTools in Santa Barbara), and he eagerly asked if he could borrow it. He used it as a reference for some scene making. Perhaps it guided him in some of his Grand Canyon series of images? It’s a splendid “real world” reference work that you’ll find inspiring.

On Lighting in Bryce . . .
Here are two books about light.

Painting With Light
John Alton; Univ of California Press. Paperback, 191 pages
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This book is written by one of the foremost cinematographers, John Alton. (An American in Paris, Slightly Scarlet, The People Against O’Hara, T-Men, He Walked by Night, The Big Combo) His treatment is, of course, geared toward motion picture cinematography. But Brycers who are interested in lighting can gain a lot from this explanation of the equipment, mechanics and techniques of motion picture cinematography for creating mood in a film.

Dynamic Light and Shade
Burne Hogarth, Watson-Guptill Publications
Paperback (Reprint Edition), 160pp
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Burne Hogarth, famous for his “Tarzan” illustrations, expounds on the nature of light and shade in a drawing. The subhead on the book’s cover says it all: “How to render and invent light and shade–the key to three-dimensional form in drawing and painting.” The book is filled with black-and-white and grayscale illustrations, many of the human form, with explanation throughout on different principles. His discussion of different kinds of light and their purposes in an illustration is extremely valuable to the Brycer who wants to better wield the Sky & Fog controls and the light sources. You’ll find yourself approaching those Bryce tools with more purpose after a few hours immersed in Hogarth’s book.
On Color and Bryce . . .

The Color of Nature
by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty, featuring photography by William Neill
Chronicle Books, 141pp color throughout
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This is a Brycing companion book. If Bryce makes you look at the world more closely and you want some analytical assistance, this beautiful book is it.
The back cover copy says:
“Why? Have you ever wondered . . . why water sometimes appears blue and sometimes green? Why lobsters change color when you cook them? Why the colors of a soap bubble shift and change with the passing breeze? Why the sky is blue, why the grass is green, and why the robin has a red breast?
“A glance at any natural scene provides many examples of the mysteries of colors. In The Color of Nature, stunning, full-color photographs and a lively text encourages readers young and old to look at the world in a new way and to understand the fascinating science behind the beauty.”
From skies to ice to haze to iridescent, to northern lights, to rainbows and seashores, to sunrises and sunsets, to fires and lava, this book has beautiful photographs accompanied by explanation of why things are the way they are. Superb!
About Design and Composition . . .

Design Basics, Fourth Edition.
David A. Lauer, Stephen Pentak; Harcourt Brace College Publishers. 273pp.
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This is an excellent resource for basic design. The book’s chapters are devoted to different design concepts (e.g., unity, emphasis/focal point, scale/proportion, balance, rhythm, etc.). Text is minimal, providing explanation of each concept, with plenty of illustrations. The illustrations are in b/w except for the section dealing with color and design. Design Basics is one of those all-around great reference books for your library.

About this site

Formerly “All Things Bryce” this site is home to the professional consulting business of Susan A. Kitchens, AuntiAlias & Associates.

What is AuntiAlias, anyhow?

AuntiAlias is a pun on the word antialias. In computer graphics, anti-aliasing is the process of adding what seems to be blurry in-between pixels to smooth the image so it won't appear so "jaggy." The pun came about in the early days of Bryce, the 3D landscape software. Bryce's final rendering pass is anti-aliasing. On the software's support boards, I'd sign my posts as "Auntie Alias." I thought, "Hey, I'll make that into a screen name!" The 10-character limit resulted in this spelling you see here: auntialias.

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  • 2 comments

    I,m looking for a good manual to get me started wuth Bryce 6. I particularly wish to create landscapes- alien, natural Earth and urban. Can you recommend one please!
    Cheers,
    Robert.

    Any chance of your making the Bryce 4 book available on CD-ROM? The ability to find information is just so much greater with an electronic format compared to print media, regardless of how fine the organization and index of a 1000 page printed book.

    -doug