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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect entry in the world of Maya, 4 Jan. 2008
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F. Heining "www.freekheining.com" (Amersfoort, the Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learning Autodesk Maya 2008: Foundation (Paperback)
Before I bought this book, I had little experience with Maya. I tried to learn stuff from free online tutorials. I learned some things that way, but I missed a structured learning path, and there aren't many good free tutorials out there, for people who don't have much skill yet.
I want to learn Maya the way it is ment to be, so I bought this book to get myself a good foundation. Hence the name ;)

There are 32 lessons, spread over 5 projects. And you'll begin from scratch, advancing to more advanced stuff later on. Everything is explained very easy to understand, and together with the video files from the included dvd, and the full color images, this book is awesome!
It will handle all things Maya has to offer: modelling, animation, lightning, rendering, dynamics etc. Don't expect to be a master in one of those aspects after you completed this book, but you will know what everything is about, and have good experience with it.

Also if you're stuck, you can just watch the scene files on the dvd how the guys from Autodesk did it as a reference.

Conclusion: if you want to learn the basics of Maya and discover all of it's potential, this book is a no brainer. Say goodbye to crappy online tutorials!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From newbie to "middlebie", 27 Feb. 2008
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R. M. Charles (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learning Autodesk Maya 2008: Foundation (Paperback)
I was a total novice in the 3D world when I bought this book, intending to teach myself as I went. I chose this book due to it's official status and I am certainly glad I did...

The book is authored by experienced Maya operators and is crammed with colour images and screenshots througout. The authors have been granted a great deal of access to Sony's "Surf's Up" movie and this is reflected in the 5 projects that you undertake to learn the book's content, all of which recreate character or set content and sequences.

Explanations are clear throughout (although total novices such as me may need to re-read the opening section a few times!). My only caution is that the book does contain instructions such as "tweak as necessary until you are happy" here and there- but only after explaining the principles solidly. The authors also provide podcast style briefings on a disc to support the lessons, which I found essential in the early stages. These come along with resources, freebies and some student shorts.

The book is a hefty tome but well worth the money- I am embarking on its two sister books, the Modelling handbook and Special Effects handbook. As I hinted in this title I am not lefr expert but I have a middling understanding and the confidence to move further. For new Maya users this is about as essential a publication as you could want.
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