Expand your skills with complete Maya mastery
Mastering Autodesk Maya is the ultimate guide to thepopular 3D animation software. Author Todd Palamar draws on hisextensive professional animation experience to help readers taketheir Maya skills to the next level. Written for those who alreadyknow the basics of this enormous program, the book covers advancedtopics and professional techniques for modeling, animation,texturing, and visual effects.
Fully updated to reflect Maya's latest features, the book takesa hands-on approach to instruction, providing readers with adiverse set of tutorials designed by real-world professionals toshowcase 3D animation and visual techniques used in industrysettings. Complete and comprehensive, the book makes an excellentdesk reference for the working animator, and is an ideal resourcefor those seeking Maya certification. The unique combination ofchallenging material and practical instruction make thisone-of-a-kind guide the ultimate Maya handbook. Topics include:
- Animation using inverse kinematics, keyframes, anddeformers
- Hard surface and organic modeling
- Proper rigging techniques, and working with Maya Muscle
- Xgen, Paint Effects, and rendering with mental ray
- Texture mapping, compositing, nParticles, and more
- Virtual filmmaking and scene management
The most complex skills are useless if they can't be applied, sothe book emphasizes the practical, day-to-day uses of each skill,and discusses which solutions best fit which scenario. For thecomputer animation professional seeking a more in-depth mastery ofthis popular animation program, Mastering Autodesk Maya isan excellent investment in the future of your career.