Learning Autodesk Maya 2010: Foundation

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New coverage, art, and tutorials of the latest features of the new Maya 2010

Maya is the industry-leading 3D animation and effects software used in movies, special effects, games, cartoons, short films, commercials, etc. Complex and difficult to learn, the new Maya 2010 features updates to modeling, animation, dynamics, and rendering modules. This invaluable book offers hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques of this fascinating ...

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Overview

New coverage, art, and tutorials of the latest features of the new Maya 2010

Maya is the industry-leading 3D animation and effects software used in movies, special effects, games, cartoons, short films, commercials, etc. Complex and difficult to learn, the new Maya 2010 features updates to modeling, animation, dynamics, and rendering modules. This invaluable book offers hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques of this fascinating software.

Boasting full-color coverage and detailed, step-by-step lessons, the book uses real movie footage from the Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures feature film Roadside Romeo. You’ll learn the Maya interface and basics of modeling, texturing, animating, and visual effects while the DVD provides further reinforcement with its instructor-led tutorial videos.

  • Tackle the latest version of the wildly popular and complex animation and effects software: Maya 2010
  • Learn to work in 3D space, build a character with polygons, and create and apply shaders and textures
  • Explore particles and dynamics, apply forward and inverse kinematics, and set cameras and lights
  • Discover how to use MEL (Maya Embedded Language) and explore rendering techniques
  • The DVD includes clips from Roadside Romeo, as well as artist interviews and training videos

Get animated and start working with Maya today!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897177556
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Understanding Maya

Project 01

Lesson 01 Primitive

Lesson 02 Adding Details

Lesson 03 Shaders and Textures

Lesson 04 Animation Basics

Lesson 05 Working with Maya

Lesson 06 The Dependency Graph

Project 02

Lesson 07 Polygonal Modeling

Lesson 08 Polygonal Texturing

Lesson 09 Skeleton

Lesson 10 Skinning

Lesson 11 Blend Shapes

Lesson 12 Inverse Kinematics

Lesson 13 Rigging

Lesson 14 Animation

Project 03

Lesson 15 NURBS Modeling

Lesson 16 NURBS Texturing

Lesson 17 Rigging

Lesson 18 Paint Effects

Lesson 19 Deformers

Lesson 20 Lights and Effects

Lesson 21 Rendering

Project 04

Lesson 22 More Animation

Lesson 23 Non Linear Animation

Lesson 24 Motion Path

Index

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