Publishers of technology books, eBooks, and videos for creative people

Home > Store

Advanced Carrara Techniques

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Advanced Carrara Techniques

Downloadable Video

  • Your Price: $79.96
  • List Price: $99.95
  • About this video
  • Accessible from your Account page after purchase. Requires the free QuickTime Player software.

    Videos can be viewed on: Windows 8, Windows XP, Vista, 7, and all versions of Macintosh OS X including the iPad, and other platforms that support the industry standard h.264 video codec.


  • Copyright 2014
  • Edition: 1st
  • Downloadable Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-357135-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-357135-6

In this training video for the 3D modelling software, Carrara, expert author Phil Wilkes picks up from where he left off in his beginners title for Infinite Skills.  This tutorial is a look at advanced techniques for creating objects within Carrara.

Phil starts with the a quick overview of managing resources, preferences and other housekeeping items.  From there, he jumps right into UV mapping, which is utilized extensively throughout the training course.  Covering subjects such as movement, constraints, shaders and texturing, you will dig deep into the capabilities of this software.  Phil covers much requested subjects such as creating and modelling your own clothes, and creating and rendering full scenes.  This course is not for the beginner, and you should be comfortable with the basics of using Carrara before jumping into this training course.

By the completion of this title, you will have had extensive experience in creating, modelling, animating and rendering 3D objects with Carrara.  Comprehensive working files are included with the course, so you can work with the same resources as the author, and learn on the exact files he is using.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

01. Good Housekeeping In Carrara
    0101 Introduction
    0102 Preferences
    0103 Production Frame
    0104 Memory Management
    0105 Managing A Large Scene
02. UV Mapping
    0201 What Is UV Mapping
    0202 Approaches To UV Mapping
    0203 UV Mapping Tools
    0204 UV Map Unfolding
03. Modelling Furniture
    0301 Modelling A Morphing Cushion
    0302 Modelling The Chair Arm
    0303 Assembling The Chair
    0304 Modelling A Cupboard Unit
    0305 Modelling The Drawers And Doors
    0306 Assembling The Cupboard Unit
    0307 Setting Movement Constraints
    0308 UV Mapping And Texturing The Furniture
    0309 Complete Scene With The Furniture Set
04. Modelling A Vehicle - A WW1 Airplane
    0401 Preparing Templates
    0402 Setting Up Your Workspace With Templates
    0403 Accurate Modelling Of The Fuselage
    0404 Modelling The Wing
    0405 Finishing The Wing
    0406 Starting Detailing
    0407 Detailing The Cockpit
    0408 Fitting The Propeller
    0409 Setting Up ERC For Ailerons
    0410 Setting Up UV Mapping
    0411 Producing A Final Render Of The Bi-Plane
05. Advanced Shaders And Texturing
    0501 Layer Lists
    0502 Using Operators For Complex Shaders
    0503 Setting Up Glow Channel For Illuminated Windows
    0504 Local Vs. Global Shaders
    0505 Using Displacement For Rocks
    0506 Using Displacement For City Blocks
06. Model Texturing And Rigging
    0601 Preparing A Base Figure For Sculpting
    0602 Importing A Sculpted Character Model
    0603 Painting Bump And Mask Maps
    0604 Painting The Color Map
    0605 Creating The Skeleton
    0606 Attaching The Skeleton
    0607 Fine Tuning The Joints
    0608 Constraints And IK
    0609 Final Character Scene
07. Creating - Modelling Your Own Clothes
    0701 Painting Second Skin Tight-Fitting Clothes
    0702 Adding The Second Skin Clothes To A Figure
    0703 Adapting An Existing Item Of Clothing - Part 1
    0704 Adapting An Existing Item Of Clothing - Part 2
    0705 Adapting An Existing Item Of Clothing - Part 3
    0706 Adapting An Existing Item Of Clothing - Part 4
    0707 Adapting An Existing Item Of Clothing - Part 5
    0708 Adapting An Existing Item Of Clothing - Part 6
    0709 Modelling A Jacket For Dynamic Cloth
    0710 Carrara Soft Body Cloth - Part 1
    0711 Carrara Soft Body Cloth - Part 2
    0712 New Settings For Dynamic Cloth - Part 1
    0713 New Setting For Dynamic Cloth - Part 2
    0714 Using Poser To Drape Clothes
    0715 Re-Importing Draped Cloth Back Into Carrara
    0716 Modelling For A Conforming Top
    0717 Defining Groups Ready For Rigging
    0718 Scaling And Exporting The Clothes Model
    0719 Applying The Rigging In Daz Studio
    0720 Loading And Testing Your Conforming Clothes
    0721 A Couple Of Cool Things With Conforming Clothes
08. General Tips For Environmental Scenes
    0801 Cloud Domes
    0802 Creating Light Domes
09. Creating A Complete Rural Setting
    0901 Creating The Height Map For The Ground
    0902 Creating The Ground In Carrara
    0903 Starting To Building The Cottage
    0904 Completing The Main Cottage Structure
    0905 Adding Details To The Cottage
    0906 Modelling Realistic Grass
    0907 Creating A Custom Tree
    0908 Creating Distribution Maps
    0909 Texturing The Ground
    0910 Adding The Replicated Objects To Our Scene
    0911 Adding Walls And Trees To The Scene
    0912 Adding Water For The Stream
    0913 A Final Rural Scene Image
10. Creating An Urban Setting
    1001 Creating A Lo-Res City Block
    1002 Replicating City Blocks To Layout The City
    1003 Texturing And Adding Roads
    1004 Adding Street Lights And People
    1005 Cars And Other Final Details
11. Special Effects In Carrara
    1101 Creating A Smoke Trail With Particles
    1102 Trailing Hearts From A Walking Figure
    1103 Creating A Basic Walk Cycle
    1104 Refining The Walk Cycle
    1105 Turning The Walk Cycle Into A Reusable Clip
    1106 Creating Bends In A Mapped Road
    1107 Road Through A Landscape
    1108 Roads Through Terrains - A Second Example
    1109 Exploding A Balloon
    1110 Creating A Panorama With A Spherical Image
    1111 Making An Animation With A Panoramic Image
    1112 A Shaft Of Light
    1113 Using Carrara To Make Your Own HDRIs
    1114 Modelling Tinsel With Replicators
    1115 Using Terrain As An Ocean Surface
    1116 Animating Dynamic Hair With A Proxy Figure
    1117 Faster Lighting Of Dynamic Hair
12. Conclusion
    1201 Useful Carrara Resources
    1202 Tips For Product Distribution
    1203 About The Author


Submit Errata

More Information

Peachpit Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from Peachpit and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about Peachpit products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites; develop new products and services; conduct educational research; and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by Adobe Press. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive:

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020