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