Autodesk Maya is a top choice for 3D professionals creating the stunning characters and visual effects you see in today's films, games, cartoons, and commercials. Now you can learn to build and animate your own digital models and scenes, and begin developing professional-level skills, with Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013.
The new edition of this perennial favorite and bestseller is the perfect primer on 3D and Maya. Beginning with the basics, the book builds from the ground up, combining straightforward text with fun and practical examples that make it easy to learn Maya's core tools. Follow clear, step-by-step lessons while you learn by doing, using project files downloadable 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 lesson on the Maya 2013 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
Use reference pictures to model objects more accurately
Learn how to apply and adjust textures and materials