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Maya Visual Effects: The Innovator's Guide Paperback – 27 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; Pap/Cdr edition (27 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047011133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470111338
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 2 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Create Dazzling Maya Visual Effects Out of Thin Air

If you need to create stunning effects on a tight deadline for finicky clients and demanding art directors, this book is for you. Go from Post–it Notes to positively dazzling with the unique insights and practical advice in this innovative guide from a working professional Maya artist. Need to create plasmatic energy by lunch? Animate a field of sprouting daisies before tomorrow s meeting? Fashion a force field by Friday? With Maya s flexible toolset and the unique tutorials in this book, you ll learn how to solve real–world problems, improvise, and finish your professional assignments on time and with flair.

  • Animate a zombie hand transformation, UFO glow, and streaking energy with textures
  • Make a tentacle shake and slither using expressions and joints
  • Use Paint Effects to create twitching nerves and bacterial hair
  • Split crystals with Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Animate a collapsing rope bridge using Maya Hair
  • Master particle instancing and collision effects
  • Get a handle on scripting with MEL

About the Author

Eric Keller has been using Autodesk′s Maya to create professional animations since version 1 was released and has been an enthusiast ever since. He is currently a high–end animator for film, television, and scientific visualization. His clients include Disney, ESPN, Hewlett–Packard, CBS, and ABC. Prior to that, he created animations for some of the world′s top researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was a contributing author to Mastering Maya 7 and Mastering Maya 8.5 (Sybex).


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