Animating through a Lattice

Lattices don’t only work on polygons; they can be used on any geometry in Maya and at any stage in your workflow to create or adjust models. You can also use lattices to create animated effects. In the next exercise, you’ll animate an object through a simple lattice.

In the previous example, if you moved the hand geometry through the lattice while it was still applied to one of the fingers, you should have seen an interesting effect before you deleted the last of your lattices. The parts of the geometry of the hand deformed as the hand traveled through the lattice. Think of ways you can use this warping effect in an animation. For example, you can create the effect of a balloon squeezing through a pipe by animating ...

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