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Introducing Maya® 2011 by Dariush Derakhshani

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Core Concepts

CG animation draws from many disciplines. While learning Maya, you’ll work with concepts derived not only from computer graphics, but also from design, film and cinematography, and traditional animation. Here’s a summary of the most important of those concepts as they apply to Maya.

Computer Graphics Concepts

Knowing a bit about the general terminology and methodology of computer graphics will help you understand how Maya works. Let’s begin with the crucial distinction between raster (bitmapped) and vector graphics and how this distinction affects you as a Maya user.

Raster Images

Raster images (synonymous with bitmapped images) make up the world of computer images today. These images are displayed through the arrangements of colored ...

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