Book review: The Essential Blender

The Essential Blender from No Starch Press is both a reference and instructional guide to Blender, the open source 3-D modeling, rendering, and animation tool. It walks readers through Blender's capabilities by alternating hands-on tutorials with broader, topical chapters that discuss the key concepts and how Blender implements them. Despite a few flaws, it's a good resource for those struggling with the software.

The $45 book was written and produced by the Blender Foundation, which oversees the Blender project. Ten authors are credited directly, another three are listed for their contributions by way of Blender documentation, and the entire collection was edited by Roland Hess.