Introducing Maya 5: 3D for Beginners

Introducing Maya 5: 3D for Beginners

by Dariush Derakhshani
     
 
Alias Wavefront's Maya is the premier tool for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. It is used by such film houses as Industrial, Light & Magic, Pixar, and Disney for creating 3D animation and special effects. This Maya Press title—a cooperative publication between Sybex and Alias Wavefront—is the perfect introduction to 3D and Maya.

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Alias Wavefront's Maya is the premier tool for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. It is used by such film houses as Industrial, Light & Magic, Pixar, and Disney for creating 3D animation and special effects. This Maya Press title—a cooperative publication between Sybex and Alias Wavefront—is the perfect introduction to 3D and Maya.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Maya has evolved into a breathtaking tool for 3D animation and effects -- and with the free Maya Personal Learning Edition, anyone with a sufficiently beefy computer can start learning it for free. But nobody ever called Maya intuitive, and if you’re a 3D novice, learning on your own can be rough. Thankfully, there’s Introducing Maya 5: 3D for Beginners.

This step-by-step tutorial assumes you know nothing (though if you’re familiar with another 3D application, so much the better). It covers concepts. Interface. Workflow. And it gives you a taste of pretty much everything Maya offers -- so you can take Maya in any direction, whether you’re creating 3D for movies, commercials, games, or the fun of it.

Dariush Derakhshani starts with a simple, quick project: animating the solar system. Next, you’ll learn the basics of modeling objects and characters in 3D space with NURBS and polygons. Derakhshani introduces lattices; textures and shaders; keyframes and more complex animation techniques; skeletons and kinematics; lighting and rendering. The projects range from simple (bouncing balls) to more sophisticated (modeling human hands, building walk cycles).

Derakhshani wraps up with a full chapter on Maya’s impressive dynamics system and paint effects -- features you might not expect in a beginner’s book.

This is an official Alias book: Its technical accuracy has been checked by insiders. Alias also provides Maya 5 Personal Learning Edition on CD, sparing you the 133 MB download. Official or not, though, we’ve seen no easier way to get started with Maya 5. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780782142396
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/08/2003
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

Dariush Derakhshani is a senior CGI effects animator with Sigh Effects in Venice, CA, working on award-winning national TV commercials. He has won the Bronze Plaque from the Columbus Film Festival and has shared honors from the AICP and London International Advertising Awards. He was a Supervising Technical Director for the South Park TV series, and also teaches Maya and animation at a variety of schools. He is a contributing author to Maya 4.5 Savvy and Maya: Secrets of the Pros.

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