Focal Easy Guide to Maya 5: For new users and professionals

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Taylor & Francis, Oct 2, 2012 - Art - 256 pages
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* Companion website provides new updates and tutorials for version 6!

If you are an artist who's new to Alias's Maya, or are moving over to use this powerful, oscar-winning animation and effects software from another 3D package, you will find this book invaluable. It provides you with all you need to know to get up and running with this difficult software, fast!

Focusing only on the key things you need to know when starting out it doesn't overload you, so speeds up your learning process.

Highly illustrated in color throughout this book benefits from a clear, concise, jargon free style. Written by a LucasArts professional it will provide invaluable knowledge that will help you get that elusive first job in animation!
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
The Hotbox The Marking Menu
TheModify Menu
Modeling
Materials and Textures
2-45
Creating a ThreePoint Lighting System
4-21
Outdoor Lighting
4-32
Animation Terms
4-40
Sound
5-38
The Dope Sheet
5-46
Dynamics
5-58
Rendering aScene Settings Rendering Using Maya Software
5-78
Paint Effects
7-26
Mesh Brushes
7-32
MEL Scripting
7-39
Advanced Topics
7-45

Deformers
5-6
AFalling Lamp
5-22
SetDriven Animation
5-29
Resources
7-56
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Patnode is a Lead 3D Technical Artist at LucasArts. He spent time teaching 3D graphics and animation at the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco, CA, and worked in film production before moving over to 3D graphics.

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