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Autodesk Maya Essentials


Written by renowned author and 3D artist Kelly L. Murdock, Autodesk Maya is designed to give new users an understanding of the skills needed to create beautiful 3D models and animations with Autodesk Maya. Using easy to follow instructions, this book will guide you through learning all the major features of Maya. The text is complemented by video instruction. Each chapter has a corresponding video tutorial that introduces you to the topics and allows you to watch and learn how functions are performed in a way that a text alone cannot do.


This guide makes no assumptions about your previous experience with Autodesk Maya. It begins by helping you with the user interface and navigating scenes before moving into modeling, texturing, lighting, animating, rendering and more. Advanced features such as character rigging, skinning, animating with dynamics and MEL scripting are also introduced.


Each chapter begins by examining the concept behind each task, the goal and the necessary features that are involved. Then you go in-depth with the objective of your task as you study examples and learn the steps necessary to complete it. Working your way through the lessons, you'll develop the skills you need to create incredible renderings and animations using Autodesk Maya.


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  • Duration

    • Full Time: 3 Days (08:30 - 16:00)
    • Online: Course access for 12 Months
  • Course Prerequisites

    This text was created for users with no prior 3D modelling or animation experience who want to work in a creative field, or who are curious about how 3D animated movies are made. Users who are migrating from another 3D application or upgrading from a previous version of Maya will also benefit greatly from this text.

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Learning the Maya Interface

  • Work with Menus
  • Use the Status Line Buttons
  • Access the Shelf
  • Explore the Channel Box and Layer Editor
  • Identify the Animation Controls, the Command Line, and the Help Line
  • Use the Toolbox and Quick Layout Buttons
  • Discover the Marking Menus


 Controlling the View Panel

  • Change the View
  • Change Display Options


 Working with Objects

  • Select Objects and Components
  • Select Components
  • Transform, Group, and Parent Objects
  • Snap and Align Objects
  • Understand Nodes and Attributes


 Drawing and Editing Curves

  • Create Curves
  • Edit Curve Details
  • Modify Curves
  • Apply Curve Operators
  • Create Simple Surfaces from Curves
  • Create 3D Type


 Working with NURBS Surfaces

  • Learn the NURBS Primitives
  • Edit NURBS Surfaces
  • Apply Surface Operators
  • Trim NURBS Surfaces
  • Use Boolean Tools
  • Stitch Surfaces Together
  • Convert Objects


 Creating and Editing Polygon Objects

  • Use Polygon Primitives
  • Learn Normals and Manually Create Polygons
  • Edit Polygons
  • Use Polygon Operations
  • Smooth Polygon Edges
  • Use Polygon Booleans and Triangulate Polygons
  • Create Holes in Polygons
  • Work with Edge Loops, Rings, and Borders
  • Learn the Modeling Toolkit
  • Model with the Quad Draw Tool


 Assigning Materials and Textures

  • Apply Materials
  • Use the Hypershade
  • Work with Materials
  • Work with Textures
  • Position Textures
  • Use Displacement Maps
  • Use Utilities Nodes
  • Paint in 3D
  • Edit UVs


 Adding Paint Effects

  • Use the Preset Brushes
  • Create Custom Brushes
  • Paint in 2D
  • Paint on 3D Objects
  • Edit Paint Effects


 Using Cameras and Lights

  • Work with Cameras
  • Create a Background
  • Create and Position Lights
  • Change Light Settings
  • Create Light Effects


 Animating with Keyframes

  • Set Keyframes
  • View an Animation
  • Animate Using Motion Paths
  • Edit Animation Curves
  • Control Animation TimingLesson


 Working with Characters

  • Build a Skeleton
  • Edit Joint Attributes
  • Add Inverse Kinematics
  • Skin a Character
  • Edit a Skin
  • Automatic Rigging
  • Add Hair and Fur


 Animating with Dynamics

  • Use Particles
  • Create an Emitter
  • Create Fields and Goals
  • Manage Particle Collisions
  • Use Cloth
  • Constrain Motion
  • Use Fluids
  • Create Effects


 Rendering a Scene

  • Configure the Render Process
  • Use Special Rendering Features
  • Use the Render View Window
  • Create a Final Render
  • Render with Maya Vector and Arnold


 Using MEL Scripting

  • Use the Command Line
  • Use the Script Editor
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