Maya 4.5 Fundamentals

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9780735713277: Maya 4.5 Fundamentals

Whether you are new to the 3D environment or are porting your skills from a different 3D graphics program, if you are a hands-on learner, Maya 4.5 Fundamentals is the book for you. In this revision of the bestselling Maya 4 Fundamentals, authors Jim Lammers and Lee Gooding get you started with a straightforward conceptual framework, then launch into a series of well-developed tutorials designed to move you from being a rank beginner to a confident Maya user.

Maya 4.5 Fundamentals includes:

  • In-depth coverage of how to use Maya 4.5 Complete's tool set
  • New chapter on character animation and updated chapters including coverage of smooth proxy
  • Professional training through well-constructed tutorials
  • 14 hours of movie files (on the CD), providing step-by-step demonstrations of every tutorial
  • Exploration of such topics as lighting, materials, particles dynamics, character animation, smooth proxy, rendering, and using paint effects
  • Custom marking menus and hotkeys to enhance your efficiency

Be sure to visit the Maya 4.5 Fundamentals web site at www.mayafundamentals.com for more downloadable tutorials and updates on using this book with Maya Personal Learning Edition.

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From the Publisher:

In an effort to continually improve our products, New Riders Publishing is looking for feedback from those who have purchased this book. This feedback is specifically about the CD-ROM that accompanied the book, and its impact on the prodcut. Please email the Media Developer for New Riders Publishing, Jay Payne (jay.payne@newriders.com) if you would like to participate in the feedback.

From the Author:

Based on some of the feedback we got for the 4.0 edition, we tried to improve the 4.5 edition in several ways. First, we added more information on the character animation tools in Maya. Garry Lewis, a talented Maya artist, helped me craft the content of this chapter. Secondly, we added all the edits necessary to make the new edition respect the features new to Maya 4.5. This is particularly evident in the re-write of chapter 7's proxy modeling - Maya's new SmoothProxy feature made this faster and easier than before. I also added a tutorial for 3D paint. I made many minor edits to clarify certain topics.

We've continued the philosophy of the prior edition in avoiding jargon, explaining every step in the tutorials, and providing enough Maya and CGI background to give quick comfort to the new Maya or new 3D user. 14 hours of crystal clear 800x600 video are on the CD to explain any steps for which the reader needs more detail. Scene files are saved every few steps, so you can hop in at virtually any point within a chapter. And best yet, the free Maya Personal Learning Edition 4.5 can directly load all these Maya .mb and .ma files, so you don't need to download anything from the book's home page - Jim Lammers

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