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Introduction to Modeling in Maya 8.5

by Justin Marshall

Easily learn several modeling techniques and a customizable workflow to modeling in Maya with over five hours of project-based training. Software required: Maya 8.5 and up.

What you'll learn

Easily learn several modeling techniques and a customizable workflow to modeling in Maya with over five hours of project-based training. Great for new and beginning artists. Popular highlights include: Overview of Modeling Tools in Maya; Introduction to Various Types of Geometry; Surface Conversions; Proxy Modeling; Combining Geometry; Mirroring Geometry; Incorporating Animation to Modeling Workflow; Using a Polygon-to-Subdivision Workflow; Principles of Creating Clean Geometry; Adding Edge Resolution; Working with NURBS Curves, Surfaces, and Trims; Naming and Organizing Assets; Shader Creation and Assignment; Combining and Separating Multiple NURBS Surfaces; Manipulating NURBS Seams with Stitch; Lofting to Create Geometry using Multiple NURBS Curves; Creating Geometry along Paths with NURBS Extrude; Manipulating NURBS Parameterization; Generating Symmetrical Geometry; Extruding to Add Resolution in Specific Areas; Adding and Re-routing Edges with Split Polygon Tool; Interactively Adding Edges around Objects; Building High-res geometry with Low-res Cages; Creasing to Change Hardness of Sub-D Edges; Reshaping High-res Geometry with Lattice Deformers; Creating Interlocking Chain Links with Animated Snapshot. Software required: Maya 8.5 and up.

Table of contents

Introduction and Project Overview
1min
Introduction to Modeling in Maya 8.5
317mins

About the author

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

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