Introduction to Paint Effects

One of the tools in Maya’s effects arsenal is called Paint Effects. Using Paint Effects, you can create a field of grass rippling in the wind, a head of hair or feathers, or even a colorful aurora in the sky. Paint Effects is a rendering effect found under the Rendering menu. It has incredible dynamic properties that can make leaves rustle in the wind or trees sway in a storm. Although it doesn’t use the same dynamics engine as particles or rigid bodies, Paint Effects uses its own dynamics calculations to create natural motion. It’s one of Maya’s most powerful tools, with features that go far beyond the scope of this introductory book. Here you’ll learn how to create a Paint Effects scene and how to access all the ...

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