Dartanbeck over at the Carrara section of the Daz3D forums has created a great thread that serves as an alternative Carrara 8.5 Manual.
It includes up to date and sorted links to the video tutorials by Cripeman, details about animation, hair plugins and a lot more.
Here is a must have link for all Carrara users:
“In this video, I try to keep things brief, while also trying to help point out the fact that Carrara is one of the only 3D applications of its kind, especially when it comes to having to do things on your own – as opposed to having a full team of artists working on your project.
Carrara has the tools to do everything. Seriously.
Composite 3D text over video footage, enhance footage with special effects, create an entire animated movie with CG characters, build your own models or use DAZ (and other marketplace) content… making it incredibly flexible and easy to learn. It also comes packed with many presets which can be used as the time-saving starting points that they are, or used as a means to see, first hand, how certain things are done in Carrara – so it’s also its own instructional tool as well.
I hope you enjoy the overview, even though I realize now that I still haven’t even begun to scratch the surface!”
From http://www.infiniteskills.com/trainin… Beginners Carrara 8 tutorial that introduces the Carrara Rooms. This is idea for users who are new to Carrara and offers an excellent introduction of the working interface.