NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced the availability of over 10 hours of free online training. These tutorial videos provide practical steps to accomplish a broad range of 3D projects including: general modeling, hard surface modeling, organic modeling, surfacing, texturing, animation, particles, dynamics, lighting, rendering and compositing. The tutorials created by William Vaughan, DAVE School instructor and LightWave® evangelist are freely available at: www.newtek.com/3dtutorials.
These tutorials represent the first 10 hours of an extensive series. Throughout 2008 additional tutorials will be added that cover other aspects of 3D artistry and will include tutorials specifically requested by users. "The goal is to make 3D accessible to everyone," comments William Vaughan. "There are so many amazing things you can do with LightWave, but the learning process can be a bit daunting. With these tutorials we keep it simple, direct and you can always return to them for reference."
"Truly these are all outstanding techniques. I just watched the cloth video with the shirt and the buttons and tried a few things and had great results... but all the others I've watched have been tremendously helpful as well," said Michael James, LightWave user and NewTek forum member. "And I love the way you've kept them straight to the point, my knowledge of LightWave has more than doubled since watching the tutorials. And each one of those videos has opened a world of possibilities I really never knew could be so straightforward and simple."
LightWave® v9 is available at suggested retail price of $895US. Registered owners of LightWave 3D®  or earlier are eligible to purchase an upgrade to LightWave v9 for $395US.