New DVD Training Series Unveils the Secrets to Dazzling Motion Graphics with Lightwave 3D®

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Desktop Images, a leading provider of visual training programs for the worldwide creative community, today announced the release of the complete Motion Graphics with Lightwave Series, a 4-DVD set that offers specialized training in the motion graphics field and features the expert instruction of Rich Helvey, lead animator for NBCÂ?s Access Hollywood.

Desktop Images, a leading provider of visual training programs for the worldwide creative community, today announced the release of the complete Motion Graphics with Lightwave Series, a 4-DVD set that offers specialized training in the motion graphics field and features the expert instruction of Rich Helvey, lead animator for NBC’s Access Hollywood. With technical explanations, step-by-step instruction, and real-time visual demonstrations, the self-paced Motion Graphics with Lightwave Series offers viewers a fast and convenient way to discover professional techniques for creating broadcast quality 3D motion graphics using Lightwave 3D® from Newtek, the computer modeling and animation software application of choice among many top Hollywood visual effects creators.

“We are delighted to follow up on the success of the first in the Motion Graphics with Lightwave series, Textual Revolution, by now offering Motion Graphics with LightWave: Graphic Details; Motion Graphics with LightWave: Distinguished Backgrounds; and Motion Graphics with LightWave: Grand Design," said Rex Olson, president and co-founder of Desktop Images. “Under the friendly and easy-to-follow guidance of Rich Helvey, these new titles continue our tradition of emulating individual one-on-one instruction from industry leading experts in computer hardware and software products.”

“As an enthusiastic Lightwave user since 1992, I am always impressed by the creative control I have over my logos and objects in even the most time-sensitive situations,” said series instructor Rich Helvey, who is also creative director at his company, artificial imagination inc. “My goal with the Motion Graphics with Lightwave Series is to provide a definitive visual learning resource and reference guide that allows professionals to save valuable time while taking their creativity to new levels of excellence.”

Along with over 8 hours of in-depth Lightwave 3D training that spans 4 DVDs, the self-paced course incorporates Desktop Images’ “Virtual Set Technology” which allows users to watch Rich Helvey “over the shoulder” and view live-action screen shots in real-time during his instruction.

The DVDs also include an English subtitle track for the Hearing Impaired. Viewers with DVD-ROM-equipped computers can access project files and source footage to follow along with each lesson.

The Motion Graphics with Lightwave Series includes:

Textual Revolution – Covers innovative ways to twist, bend, spin, twirl and shimmer logos and text to create advanced animated motion graphics. Topics include logo conversion, adding detail, managing layers, graph editing, lighting tricks, and post processing.

Graphic Details – Explains the important subtleties that set professional motion graphics apart from the rest, including advanced concepts for extruding, beveling and surfacing, creating glass and metal surfaces, applying the glint pass to guide the viewer’s eye, and endlessly looping any animation.

Distinguished Backgounds – Reviews techniques to create ambiguous and abstract backgrounds, themed backgrounds, and backgrounds with special elements for production packages, along with templates that can be manipulated to make custom backgrounds.

Grand Design – Instructor Rich Helvey shares his unique approach to award-winning motion graphics as he combines the techniques from the Motion Graphics with Lightwave Series and applies them to real-world event, logo, and broadcast scenarios.

Pricing and Availability

The Motion Graphics with Lightwave Series is available now through Desktop Images (http://www.desktopimages.com) or their worldwide authorized seller network. The complete set of four DVDs including Textual Revolution, Graphic Details, Distinguished Backgrounds, and Grand Designs is available for a suggested retail price of $249.95. Individual DVDs are each available for a suggested retail price of $69.95 each. The series is region encoded 0, allowing playback in DVD players throughout the world.

About Rich Helvey

Rich Helvey has been creating special effects, broadcast graphics, and animations since 1992 for the likes of The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, UFO Films Inc, and Art FX. Rich is currently the lead animator for NBC's Access Hollywood, and creative director at his company, artificial imagination inc.

About Desktop Images

Desktop Images has been setting the standard for the production and distribution of training videos and DVDs for computer software and hardware products since 1992. Emulating individual one-on-one instruction, each self-paced program is professionally produced utilizing "Virtual Set Technology" that places the instructor in a virtual 3D environment as the program alternates between the instructor and a full-screen or close-up view of the computer interface. Each video also includes a time indexed reference card to easily locate subject matter for quick review, along with an English subtitle track for the Hearing Impaired and a subtitle track devoted to keyboard shortcuts. With step-by-step instruction from industry leading experts, the Desktop Images catalog includes training for NewTek's LightWave 3D, Aura, Avid®, the Video Toaster and Video Toaster Flyer, Boris FX and Boris Red, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, with new products announced regularly. For more information on Desktop Images, visit http://www.desktopimages.com.

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