Three.js Essentials

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  • Create standard skeletons and animation loops for Three.js projects that support WebGL and CSS3 3D
  • Use textures and materials to their fullest to enhance rendering of an object
  • Apply different types of lighting using the different light sources available
  • Animate geometries, particle systems, and HTML5 elements with Three.js and Tween.js
  • Create procedural and random geometries from scratch
  • Load geometries from external sources and work with Blender as a 3D modeling tool
  • Work with particle systems for advanced visualizations

Create beautiful visualizations and 3D scenes using Three.js with this practical, example-rich book. Learn all the core concepts of Three.js, and whether you are targeting mobile devices or desktop browsers, you will gain the necessary skills to build a 3D application and improve web performance.

From setting up a development environment and creating your first Three.js scene, you will quickly dive into more complex scene-making. Discover a variety of possible scenes from how to make a rotating planet with data overlay to mini games. Through these examples, you will be shown an array of skills from using materials, controls, and lighting to creating particle systems and geometries from scratch.

By the end of this book, you'll be able to effectively and confidently create 3D scenes using different lights and materials, create visualizations using particle systems, animate web pages, and incorporate Blender in your 3D workflow.

  • Acquire thorough knowledge of the essential features of Three.js, explained using comprehensive examples
  • Animate HTML5 elements directly from Three.js using the CSS3 3D renderer
  • Visualize information such as sound and open data in beautiful 3D
Page Count 198
Course Length 5 hours 56 minutes
ISBN 9781783980864
Date Of Publication 6 Jul 2014


Jos Dirksen

Jos Dirksen has worked as a software developer and architect for more than a decade. He has a lot of experience in a large range of technologies, ranging from backend technologies, such as Java and Scala, to frontend development using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Besides working with these technologies, Jos also regularly speaks at conferences and likes to write about new and interesting technologies on his blog. He also likes to experiment with new technologies and see how they can best be used to create beautiful data visualizations. He is currently working as a freelance full-stack engineer on various Scala and JavaScript project. Previously, Jos has worked in many different roles in the private and public sectors, ranging from private companies such as ING, ASML, Malmberg, and Philips to organizations in the public sector, such as the Department of Defense.