Learning Three.js: The JavaScript 3D Library for WebGL

Three.js makes creating 3D computer graphics on a web browser a piece of proverbial cake, and this practical tutorial makes it easier still. All you need to know is basic JavaScript and HTML.

Learning Three.js: The JavaScript 3D Library for WebGL

Jos Dirksen

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Three.js makes creating 3D computer graphics on a web browser a piece of proverbial cake, and this practical tutorial makes it easier still. All you need to know is basic JavaScript and HTML.
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ISBN 139781782166283
Paperback402 pages

Book Description

Three.js is a JavaScript 3D library that offers a wide range of features for creating and displaying stunning 3D computer graphics on a web browser in an intuitive manner using JavaScript without having to deal with the complexity of a WebGL low-level API. Even though WebGL makes it possible to create 3D graphics in the browser without having to use plugins, programming WebGL, however, is hard and complex. This book shows you how Three.js allows you to be independent of browser plugins.

If you are an experienced web designer who wants to set the tone for an immersive design environment in your applications then this book is for you.

"Learning Three.js: The JavaScript 3D Library for WebGL" is a practical, example-rich book that will help you to master all the features of Three.js. With this book, you’ll learn how to create and animate gorgeous looking 3D scenes directly in your browser utilizing the full potential of WebGL and modern browsers without having to learn WebGL.

"Learning Three.js: The JavaScript 3D Library for WebGL" starts by going over the basic concepts and building blocks used in Three.js. From there on, it will expand on these subjects using extensive examples and code samples. This will allow you to learn everything you need to know about Three.js in an easy and interactive manner.

Besides the basic concepts, this book will show you how you can create realistic looking 3D objects using materials and textures as well as how to load them from externally created models. You’ll learn how to easily control the camera using the Three.js build-in camera controls so you can fly or walk around the 3D scene you have created. You will also learn how to use morph and bones-based animation and how to add physics to your scene.

After reading Learning Three.js: The JavaScript 3D Library for WebGL and playing around with the extensive set of examples, you’ll know everything that is required to create 3D animating graphics using Three.js that run in any browser.

Table of Contents

Chapter 3: Working with the Different Light Sources Available in Three.js
Chapter 5: Learning to Work with Geometries
Chapter 8: Creating and Loading Advanced Meshes and Geometries
Chapter 10: Loading and Working with Textures

What You Will Learn

  • Create standard HTML skeleton and render loops for your Three.js projects
  • Learn how to use the different geometries that are provided by Three.js
  • Apply realistic lighting and shadows to the 3D objects you have created
  • Learn how the different types of materials in Three.js work and how they interact with your 3D objects and the rest of the environment
  • Use the different camera controls provided by Three.js to effortlessly navigate around your 3D scene
  • Work with a particle system to create snow, rain, and galaxy-like effects
  • Import and animate models from external formats such as OBJ, STL, Collada, and much more
  • Create and run animations using either morph targets or bones animations
  • Use advanced textures on materials to create realistic looking 3D objects using bump maps, normal maps, specular maps, and light maps
  • Change the output of Three.js rendered using one of its post processing options
  • Interact directly with WebGL by creating custom vertex and fragment shaders
  • Apply physics to your 3D objects using the Physijs JavaScript library

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Table of Contents

Chapter 3: Working with the Different Light Sources Available in Three.js
Chapter 5: Learning to Work with Geometries
Chapter 8: Creating and Loading Advanced Meshes and Geometries
Chapter 10: Loading and Working with Textures

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Paperback402 pages
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