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Mastering Autodesk Maya 2013 (Autodesk Official Training Guides) Paperback – 3 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (3 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118130588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118130582
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 4.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dive Deeper into the 3D Worlds You Can Create in Maya 2013

Go beyond the basics of Autodesk Maya and elevate your skills with the advanced coverage in this authoritative reference and tutorial. From modeling, texturing, animation, and visual effects to high–level techniques for film, television, games, and more, it prepares you for the real world of 3D animation and visual effects. You′ll quickly get up to speed on the latest features in Maya 2013 as you expand your skills with professional instruction on cloth, fur, and fluids.

Packed with practical examples, this one–of–a–kind guide gives you valuable insight into the entire CG production pipeline. It emphasizes the features you′re more likely to use working on a project, so you gain a real–world understanding of all of Maya′s capabilities and functionality. With challenging tutorials, professional tips, and striking examples, this in–depth book helps you build career–worthy skills and also prepare for the Autodesk Maya 2013 Certified Professional exams.

Coverage includes:

  • Taking advantage of standard and custom camera rigs

  • Following animation techniques using keyframes, expressions, and constraints

  • Building a facial animation rig using blend shapes

  • Animating and rendering with Paint Effects

  • Rendering scenes with mental ray using a variety of lighting toolsand techniques

  • Using fluid behavior, particle meshes, and other techniques foramazing effects

  • Augmenting your Maya characters using Maya Fur, Maya nHair, and nCloth

  • Creating smoke, cloud, and flame effects with 2D and 3D fluids

Master the Industry–Leading 3D Animation and Effects Software

Catch Up on the Latest Features in Maya 2013

Follow Best Practices Featured in Challenging Tutorials and Scenarios

Learn Techniques Used by Professionals in 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Prepare for the Autodesk Maya 2013 Certified Professional Exams

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About the Author

Todd Palamar began his career creating traditional special effects for low–budget horror movies and quickly gravitated to computer animation, first working on numerous straight–to–video movies and then switching to the video game industry. He has written several Maya books, including Maya Studio Projects: Photorealistic Characters and Maya Studio Projects: Dynamics.


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It is a good book but should you buy it or not, depends highly on your level of maya knowledge. I would say that it is for someone at beginner to intermediate level. I got it solely for the bullet physics which is a new thing in maya 2013. And except for one reference to it, i didn't find anything about it. So, if you had an earlier version of this book, don't buy it. It is nice to have it in your collection.
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The is the most professional industry book, and it is recommend it because there's a chapter how to model a character which I found it really interest it. However, you will have to learn the basics of Maya before reading the book because it is an intermediate and higher level, but you can still buy it and you can always look for basic Maya tutorials on youtube or websites.
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By maxwriter on 3 Sept. 2013
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A fantastic tome,covers everything and probably more than most people will want. Probably the best reference book for Maya. Huge book which might put some off but thoroughly recommended
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By Dean Goodwin on 2 Jun. 2013
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Had a go at some tutorials seem to be good so far. will carry on using to recap old things for the newer version
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With time and space this book is amazing! 31 Oct. 2012
By R. Madden - Published on Amazon.com
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The only problem with this book is finding the space and time to absorb the information.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013" by Dariush Derakhshani, which took me 6 months to complete. I took notes each day and made screen shots of everything I created to document the progress while working through the book. This book is the next level up for learning Maya. It is also 600 pages and the material contained is essential to unraveling the creative workflows and production processes. This book is a prerequisite for working at production studios. I talked to one company and they basically said all their interns were already "Masters" and had worked through the book. There is no secret where the information comes from. You can learn it like everyone else if you want to with this book. The Autodesk University in Las Vegas is another place to get involved.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The greatest learning material for Maya !!!! 20 Sept. 2012
By rouslan n tolkatchev - Published on Amazon.com
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This book explains in great detail all main concepts of Maya2013. If you want to learn this soft , don't even think about it - just buy it !!!!
awesome 26 Feb. 2013
By Cristobal C. - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mastering Autodesk Series is really good, and this edition addresses a lot of new stuff that comes with Maya 2013. If you have mastering Maya 2012, I don't think it is necessary, but it was a big improvement from Mastering Maya 2010.
amazing 8 Jun. 2013
By carlos orion - Published on Amazon.com
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big pictures, nice comments and great skill
the contend is really professional and will reach all yours expectations.
i'm really happy
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Could use better pictures 11 Jan. 2013
By spiritfox90 - Published on Amazon.com
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But overall this is a great book for information. It's a backbreaker though to carry around, this book is THICK. lol
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