Maya Visual Effects The Innovator's Guide, 2nd Edition
Autodesk Official Press
By Eric Keller
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: April 2013
Pages: 400

Learn smart ways to make inspiration happen

When a director tells you to produce that next great visualeffect, your job may depend on knowing fast, creative ways to getthings done in Autodesk Maya. The new edition of this full-colorguide is what you need to get more out of Maya and boost yourprofessional creativity at the same time. As you work through aseries of challenging projects, you'll not only discover inspiredsolutions and helpful shortcuts, you'll also gain valuable studiosmarts from professional CG artist and author Eric Keller. The bookalso features mini lessons in MEL scripting from veteran Mayawizard Max Dayan to help you automate the setup of complex effectsrigs. Written for Maya versions 2012, 2013, and 2014, this guideprovides expertise to all Maya users wishing to up their game.

  • Propel a rocket through the air using Maya Fluids
  • Orchestrate a beautiful flowering cherry tree with nParticlecollisions
  • Choreograph a dynamic school of fish with a custom-builtflocking simulator
  • Use Paint Effects to create bursts of electric energy shootingsci-fi style through a cave
  • Grow a beard of bees on a character's face using nCloth andnParticles
  • Use Maya's nHair to create a swimming jellyfish with stingingtentacles

Rig Medusa's snakey hair to react dynamically to flying bats

Use MEL scripting to create an animation rig for a magic stonepath

Melt a highly detailed gun model using nCloth

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