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Introducing Maya® 2011 by Dariush Derakhshani

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Modeling with Simple Deformers

In many ways, deformers are the Swiss Army knives of Maya animation, except you can’t open a bottle with them. Deformers are handy for creating and editing modeled shapes in Maya. These tools allow you to change the shape of an object easily. Rather than using CVs or vertices to distort or bend an object manually, you can use a deformer to affect the entire object. Popular deformers, such as Bend and Flare, can be powerful tools for adjusting your models quickly and evenly, as you’re about to see.

Nonlinear deformers, such as Bend and Flare, create simple shape adjustments for the attached geometry, such as bending the object. You can also use deformers in animation to create effects or deformations in your objects. ...

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