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    The Complete Reference

    By: Shinsaku Arima, Tom Meade

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    Learn cutting-edge 3D animation techniques

    Create breathtaking content for film, TV, games, print media, and the Web using Autodesk Maya and the detailed information contained in this comprehensive resource. Maya experts and special effects gurus Tom Meade and Shinsaku Arima cover every step in the Maya production workflow using easy-to-follow tutorials, real-world examples, and insider tips and tricks.

    Maya 8: The Complete Reference shows you how to use the latest version of Maya to its full potential. You'll learn to integrate motion, create complex effects, manipulate lighting, render your final animation, and prepare for postproduction.

    Build 3D models using polygons, NURBS, and subdivision surfaces

    Use displacement maps to enhance geometry

    Create and skin skeletons

    Connect the attributes of any nodes together

    Build a control rig to manipulate skeletons

    Create your own tools using MEL scripts

    Master the Hypershade to control textures, cameras, and lights

    Work with the Artisan tools, Paint Effects tools, and 3D Paint tools

    Render your animation for postproduction

    Ready-to-use sample files on DVD

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