Autodesk Maya 2013 Essentials
By Paul Naas
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: April 2012
Pages: 400

Learn Autodesk Maya Quickly and Easily

This Autodesk Official Training Guide teaches you the fundamentals of Autodesk Maya. Through step-by-step tutorials, full-color illustrations, and fun, hands-on exercises, this practical book gets you up to speed on modeling, texturing, animating, lighting, and other core Maya topics. Whether you're a beginning animator or just updating your skills on the latest version of the software, this task-based book provides the solid grounding you need.

Learn these Autodesk Maya essentials—and more:

  • The Maya 2013 interface, menus, and tools

  • Simple animation—set keyframes, adjust tangents, and more

  • Modeling with polygons—bodies, faces, and cleanup before rigging

  • Adding character with blend shapes and surfaces

  • Building bone structure, adding joints, and weighting joints

  • Rigging, animating, and lighting basics

  • How to render and composite a shot

  • The hows and whys of certain techniques and decisions

Explore vertex weighting to create smooth joint bends

Learn step-by-step how to animate your character

This striking Essentials book features:

  • Chapter-opening learning objectives

  • Step-by-step tutorials

  • Four-color screenshots and illustrations

  • Essentials and Beyond—summaries and additional suggested exercises

  • Downloadable exercise files

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