Maya 3D animation, effects, and compositing software is a top choice for film and video creators, game artists, and 3D design professionals. Now you can learn to build and animate your own digital models and scenes, and begin developing professional-level Maya skills, with Introducing Autodesk Maya 2012.
This new edition of the perennial favorite and bestseller is a perfect introduction to 3D and Maya. Starting with the basics, the book builds from the ground up, combining straightforward text with fun and practical examples to make it easy to learn Maya's core tools. Follow clear, step-by-step lessons while you learn by doing, using the hands-on project files available for download from the Web. The book includes a full-color insert with striking examples from talented new Maya users to inspire you.
Learn CG and 3D core concepts and production workflows
Get a fast, but thorough primer on Maya 2012's user interface
Build a simple animation of the planets in the solar system, right away
Explore the basics of NURBS, polygons, and subdivision surfaces modeling
Create an alien hand, a steam locomotive, a toy wagon, and more
Rig for animation and get the most out of Maya's powerful Graph Editor tool
Master HDRI lighting, mental ray rendering, dynamics, visualization, and effects