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Beginner's Guide to Maya

by Kyle Green

In this series of free Maya tutorials we will be teaching you the essential workflows, terms, and techniques to help you get started with Maya. Software required: Maya 2011 and up.

What you'll learn

In this series of free Maya tutorials we will be teaching you the essential workflows, terms, and techniques to help you get started with Maya. We will start off by learning how to navigate through the Maya interface and moving the Maya virtual cameras. We will then explore many critical aspects of Maya, such as creating and manipulating primitive objects, understanding the various components of Maya geometry, animating objects in Maya, working with lights and shadows, adding materials and textures to our scenes, rendering out animated sequences, and many other concepts that will help you get a solid foundational understanding of Maya and its capabilities. Learn more about Understanding a 3D Production Pipeline in a free article. Software required: Maya 2011 and up.

About the author

Kyle was one of the first authors for Digital-Tutors, now a Pluralsight company. and has been a part of the team for over 10 years. Kyle began his career in computer graphics education as a college instructor and worked as a Digital-Tutors rendering tutor and curriculum manager since 2002. Kyle has contributed to many of the most popular projects and helped the Digital-Tutors team win awards throughout the company's history. Kyle has had the honor of having his art exhibited at the New York ... more

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