Mark Jennings Smith Maya Plug-In Power

ISBN 13: 9781584505303

Maya Plug-In Power

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9781584505303: Maya Plug-In Power

Expand your creative power with Maya! "Maya Plugin Power" introduces you to the tools and technology that can enhance your work in Maya. Beginning with an introduction to some basic information about plugin technology and how it works with Maya, you'll discover a world of powerful plugin software programs you can use to create advanced effects and animation with Maya. Learn how to take Maya's modeling ability to new limits as you create realistic hair and fur for your characters and model cloth for cool costumes. Explore lighting and rendering techniques and methods to create cool scenes with water and waves. You'll even learn how to incorporate textures, colors, and clothing as well as rig both characters and crafts in your animations. Fun, hands-on tutorials will show you how to use each of the plugin tools covered and example images will show you the finished effect. A companion DVD features all the files you need to complete the projects in the book and links to the plugins presented. Filled with tips and advice from industry pros, "Maya Plugin Power" helps you maximize the graphics and animation capabilities of Maya.

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Mark Jennings Smith is a seasoned artist, animator, and writer residing in Beverly Hills, CA. Mark has been fascinated by CG since 1972, when at age 10 a chance encounter with the fi rst coin-op PONG changed his life. His interest in the entertainment fi eld led Mark and a partner to establish Digital Drama in 1994, which focused on computer-generated imagery, animation, digital painting, and special digital visual effects. Digital Drama designed the digital fi lm effects and animation for companies such as Universal Pictures, Trimark Pictures, Fox Home Entertainment, HBO, and SHOWTIME. Mark has contributed to several books and magazines, including a chapter in Maya: Secrets of the Pros. He also created cover art for the book and a variety of other titles in the 3D arena. He served as the technical editor for Mastering Maya Complete 2 as well as consulted and beta-tested dozens of software packages. Mark has also taught visual effects and computer animation using Maya at New York University.

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Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Cloth Simulation and Modeling Chapter 3: Hair and Fur Chapter 4: Color, Texture, Lighting, and Rendering Chapter 5: Water, Waves, and Other Matter Chapter 6: Characters Chapter 7: A Host of Helpers Chapter 8: Dynamic Destruction Chapter 9: Miscellaneous Tools Chapter 10: Stand-Alone Applications Appendix A: Chapter and Related Links Appendix B: Plugins Compatibility Chart

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