The Google SketchUp Cookbook is published by O'Reilly Media, who publish all sorts of tech-related materials. This is my first effort with a "real" publisher; until now I've only self-published (which of course I continue to do). It's quite a different experience, working with a whole team of editors, graphic artists, proofreaders, marketers, etc.
The Cookbook is geared toward intermediate and advanced users, who already can create basic models and want to learn some professional techniques about components, digital images, styles, presentations, animations, etc. (Almost all of the other commercial books you'll find are geared more toward novices.) Other things that make the Cookbook unique:
- It's printed in full color!
- It contains step-by-step, illustrated, hands-on tutorials (like all of my books)
- The starter models can all be found in the 3D Warehouse, and, in most cases, finished models as well. Some of these finished models have scene tabs so you can click through the model's progression.
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