Autodesk Maya is a top choice for 3D professionals who createthe stunning characters and visual effects you see in today'sfilms, games, commercials, and other animation. If you want tobegin developing professional-level Maya and 3D skills, the newedition of this top-selling book is the best place to start.
Building from the ground up, this book combines straightforwardtext with practical examples, making it easy to absorb the basicsand start designing and animating your own digital models andscenes. The fun and challenging step-by-step lessons, along withthe downloadable project files, enable you to learn by doing andgain confidence. This book also includes a beautiful full-colorinsert with striking examples from talented new Maya users toinspire you.
Learn CG and 3D core concepts and productionworkflows
Get a fast, thorough lesson on Maya 2014's user interface,menus, and plug-ins
Build a simple animation of the planets in the solar system,right away
Explore the basics of NURBS, polygons, modeling, and new NEXtools
Create a decorative box, a steam locomotive, a starfish, achild's table lamp, and more
Rig for animation and use nCloth to create cloth motion,such as a flag blowing in the wind
Master HDRI lighting, mental ray rendering, dynamics,simulations, and effects
Use the new Modeling Toolkit to create models quickly andefficiently
Using lights and an HDRI, you'll light the scene that you'vebuilt