—n. Practical know-how.
Maya, the premier high-end 3D application, is so powerful thatno one masters it without help. Maya 5 Savvy—athorough update to Maya 4.5 Savvy—is written for theMaya user looking to boost their skills to the next level.
Running throughout this book is a completely new, cohesive,expertly organized animation project that teaches specific Mayaskills and, at the same time, gives you valuable hands-on exposureto the entire animation production process. Staged support filesmean that you can begin and end work on this project anywhere youlike—which in turn means you can read this book cover tocover or use it as a reference, dipping in wherever you needinformation on or practice with specific modeling, animation, andrendering techniques. Everywhere you turn,you’ll find expertadvice on the latest Maya features, time-saving shortcuts, andadvanced capabilities. Coverage includes:
Core Maya: interface briefing, plus planning, writing,and storyboarding your animation.
Modeling: NURBS, polygons and subdivision surfaces,character modeling.
Animation: paths and bones, deformers, binding, Trax, rigidbody dynamics, MEL scripting, particle animation, expression-drivenanimation.
Output: rendering architecture, rendering, shading andtexturing, lighting, special light effects.
Advanced Tools and Techniques: Paint Effects, ramps andvolumes, soft body dynamics, Fluid Effects, Fur, Cloth.