Overview

With more than 90 percent of film effects houses and half of the North American game studios using Maya in their projects, the pressure is on for 3D modelers to prove their Maya chops! It's not enough to just know how to use the program; you need to demonstrate that you can do so swiftly, efficiently, and with dazzling results! Here to ensure you do is a fun, full-colored guide that's been pared down to just the essentials: the hundreds of tips, shortcuts, and tricks the pros use every day to speed their Maya 6 ...

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Maya 6 Killer Tips

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Overview

With more than 90 percent of film effects houses and half of the North American game studios using Maya in their projects, the pressure is on for 3D modelers to prove their Maya chops! It's not enough to just know how to use the program; you need to demonstrate that you can do so swiftly, efficiently, and with dazzling results! Here to ensure you do is a fun, full-colored guide that's been pared down to just the essentials: the hundreds of tips, shortcuts, and tricks the pros use every day to speed their Maya 6 workflows. Along with tips for customizing the Maya interface, polygonal modeling, rendering, and more, veteran author Eric Hanson also provides tons of insider techniques for working with Maya 6's newest features including tips for working with new tools like the Soft Modification Tool, Animation Retargeting, and High Quality Shading; advice for working with the new particle behavior features; cool new hotkeys; and insight into streamlining the texting process with Maya's new Photoshop integration, to name only a few. You'll quickly find that the techniques revealed here allow you to work faster, smarter, and more creatively!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132933001
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/14/2011
  • Series: Killer Tips
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 55 MB
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Meet the Author

Visual effects designer Eric Hanson creates digital backgrounds for feature films. He has worked for Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Dream Quest Images, Walt Disney Feature Animation, and more. He is also a teacher and lecturer on the topic of visual effects as well as the author of the previous edition of this book.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Deciphering the hieroglyphics : unearthing the secrets of the Maya 1
Ch. 2 Taming the beast : customizing your interface 25
Ch. 3 The glamorous world of modeling : work smarter, not harder 45
Ch. 4 Embracing the revolution : lighting your way 91
Ch. 5 Rags to rendering : getting a grip on shading 119
Ch. 6 From home movies to Hollywood : camerawork basics 149
Ch. 7 Building character (animation, that is) : more than skin-deep 171
Ch. 8 Dangerous effects animation : things you can do at home 201
Ch. 9 Getting under the hood : mud wrestling with MEL 241
Ch. 10 Real world production methods : otherwise known as stress 275
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