Maya Secrets of the Pros, 2nd Edition

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Featuring completely original material from a new team of Maya know-it-alls, this second edition of an award-winning book is sure to inform and inspire even the most seasoned Maya user. In this distinctive Maya Press title, a cadre of professionals led by two acclaimed Maya pros, reveal the precious secrets they’ve learned using Maya on high-profile CG projects such as The Matrix, Shrek 2, and X-Men.

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Overview

Featuring completely original material from a new team of Maya know-it-alls, this second edition of an award-winning book is sure to inform and inspire even the most seasoned Maya user. In this distinctive Maya Press title, a cadre of professionals led by two acclaimed Maya pros, reveal the precious secrets they’ve learned using Maya on high-profile CG projects such as The Matrix, Shrek 2, and X-Men.

In nine unique and compelling chapters, you’ll get detailed and sophisticated instruction on how to:

  • Enhance fluidity and realism by generating complex motion with Maya Cloth
  • Apply non-photorealistic rendering styles that mimic the look of comic books and impressionist paintings
  • Emulate real-world camera motion, from dolly-and-pan movement to varying levels of camera shake
  • Produce natural lighting effects using global illumination and image based lighting
  • Ensure smooth and accurate transfer of character data from modeling to rigging to animation to lighting
  • Control IK chains, deformers, and surfaces with Maya Hair's dynamic curves
  • Use dynamics effectively to create flexible objects and add secondary effects to enhance your animation
  • Use Maya’s built-in noise function to produce powerful effects similar to those used in “The Matrix” trilogy
  • Create a human face from a conceptual sketch using subdivision surfaces
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This book’s First Edition gave 3D pros a unique opportunity to learn hands-on from the leaders in their field. Readers devoured it ravenously and demanded more. This new Second Edition feeds the hunger. It’s not just a slight update: All nine chapters are completely new. Full-color and intensely detailed, it drills down with all the detail you need to truly master these techniques. And the techniques themselves are indispensable.

There’s hot lighting (huge in Hollywood right now). There’s an expert look at Maya Cloth. Two approaches to nonphotorealistic rendering: hand-drawn and MEL script–based. The latest breakthrough in faking reality: virtual “cinema verité.” You’ll go under the hood with Maya Unlimited’s new Hair system, even learn some super-slick face-modeling techniques.

Nine chapters, 12 giants in the field. To create tomorrow’s Maya miracles, stand on their shoulders. Bill Camarda, from the April 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782143454
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kundert-Gibbs is Director of Digital Production Arts at Clemson University and the co-author of Maya 5 Savvy and Maya: Secrets of the Pros.

Dariush Derakhshani is an award-winning Digital Effects Supervisor. He’s the author of Maya 6: 3D for Beginners. The talented ensemble of contributing authors has worked on high-profile projects for trend-setting companies such as PDI Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks, Digital Domain, Rhythm and Hues, and Tippet Studio.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1 Working with Maya Cloth.

Chapter 2 Non-Photorealistic Rendering Techniques.

Chapter 3 Realistic Camera Movement.

Chapter 4 Radiosity and Image-Based Lighting Techniques in Production.

Chapter 5 The Character Pipeline.

Chapter 6 Hair Systems.

Chapter 7 A Dynamics Collection: Flexible Objects.

Chapter 8 The Art of (Maya) Noise.

Chapter 9 Advanced Character Modeling Using Polygons and Subdivision Surfaces.

Index.

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