The Academy Award–winning Maya 3D animation and effectssoftware is the top choice for film and video artists, gamedevelopers, and 3D design professionals. Learn to build, render,and animate your own digital models and scenes, and begin todevelop professional-level Maya skills with Introducing Maya2008.
This new edition of a perennial bestseller is the idealinitiation to 3D and Maya. Starting with the basics, it builds fromthe ground up, combining straightforward text with practicalexamples that make it fun and easy to learn Maya's core tools whileintroducing the latest Maya 2008 features. Follow clear-cut,step-by-step lessons while you learn by doing using a wealth ofhands-on files provided on the CD. You'll also find compellingexamples in the full-color insert to inspire you.
The enclosed CD features images, movies, and scene files thatlet you view material from the book. The support files will enableyou to complete all of the tutorials. The CD also includes MayaPersonal Learning Edition software.
Learn to navigate the Maya 2008 interface
Experiment with modeling by creating a hand, a rocket, and alocomotive
Explore the basics of NURBS, polygons, and subdivisionsurfaces
Discover the nuances of shading and texturing
Rig a locomotive model for automated animation
Create more natural lighting with mental ray® Final Gatherand Global Illumination
Use Maya's Render Layers and an Ambient Occlusion pass forgreater reality