Chapter 1 Introduction to Computer Graphics and 3D

This book will introduce you to the workings of 3D animation, also called computer graphics (CG), with one of the most popular programs on the market, the Autodesk® Maya® software. It will introduce you to many of the features and capabilities of Maya with the intent of energizing you to study further.

The best way to succeed at anything is to practice. Go through the exercises in this book (more than once if you care to), and also think of exercises and projects that can take you further in your learning process.

This is not to say you can’t be a casual visitor to working in CG—far from it. Playing around and seeing what you can create in this medium is just flat-out fun. Understanding your ...

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