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Introduction to Maya 2009

by Justin Marshall, Papa Georgio, Kyle Green and Sunder Iyer

Discover over nine hours of project-based training to learn the fundamentals of modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, dynamics, lighting, and rendering in Maya. Software required: Maya 2009 and up.

What you'll learn

Discover over nine hours of project-based training to learn the fundamentals of modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, dynamics, lighting, and rendering in Maya. Taught by four Digital-Tutors instructors, each teaching their core areas of expertise to provide an essential guide to utilizing the powerful tools available in Maya. Ideal for new and beginning artists. Popular highlights include: Interface Overview, NURBS Modeling, Polygon Modeling, Subdivision Surfaces, Texturing, Procedural Textures, Hypershade, UV Layout, Building Control Rigs, Custom Attributes, Writing Expressions, Setting Key Frames, Path Animation, Dynamics, Particle Shader, Lighting, Image Planes, Light Linking, Environments, Displacement Maps, Rendering. Software required: Maya 2009 and up.

Table of contents

Introduction and Project Overview
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About the authors

Justin thrives as a lead modeling author at Pluralsight. Growing up, Justin found a deep interest for the computer graphics industry after watching movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Story, and The Abyss. His ambition would lead him to work at Sony Imageworks in Los Angeles on movies like Monster House and Surf's Up. Justin has also had numerous articles, tutorials, and images published in 3D World and 3D Artist. As an author, Justin enjoys collaborating with fellow authors, especially on project... more

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

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Sunder has made great headway in both the interactive game design and 3D animation worlds. Throughout his career, Sunder has earned degrees in computer information science, multimedia & game design, as well as 3D character animation. He's fully devoted to providing breathtaking and out-of-the-norm experiences to as many people as possible. With a powerful skillset in Houdini and years of educational clout, Sunder aims to give understandable solutions to complex to... more

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