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How to Cheat in Maya 2012 by Eric Luhta

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5

Constraints

Constraints can get a bad rap sometimes. Once you understand the nuts and bolts and how to think about them, they become a great tool in creating more expressive animation.

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SOONER OR LATER every animator must have a character interact with a prop, and that means we need to work with constraints. they can seem a tad complicated at first, but once you understand how they work, you can design a constraint system that is simple and flexible. The next few cheats will tell you what you need to know about constraints as an animator. then we’ll look at some tools that will make constraining a breeze.

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