Maya 3D animation and effects software is a top choice for filmand video creators, game artists, and 3D design professionals. Nowyou can learn to build and animate your own digital models andscenes, and begin developing professional-level Maya skills, withIntroducing Maya 2011.
A perennial favorite and bestseller, this latest edition is theideal introduction to 3D and Maya. Starting with the basics, thebook builds from the ground up, combining straightforward text withfun and practical examples to make it easy to learn Maya's coretools. Follow clear-cut, step-by-step lessons while you learn bydoing, using a wealth of hands-on files provided on the CD. You'llalso find striking examples from talented Maya users to inspireyou.
Learn the core concepts of CG and working in 3D
Get a fast but thorough primer on Maya 2011's userinterface
Jump right in and build a simple animation of the planets inthe solar system
Explore the basics of NURBS and subdivision surfacesmodeling
Get lots of experience with polygonal modeling by creating ahuman hand, a decorative box, and a steam locomotive
Learn how to use photo-real textures on models for stunningresults
Rig for animation and learn automation, kinematics,constraints, and more
Master sophisticated HDRI lighting, mental ray rendering,dynamics, and effects techniques
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.