This chapter introduces Maya's nParticle dynamics and shows how you can use them creatively to produce a wide variety of visual effects. The example scenes demonstrate the fundamentals of working with and rendering particles. The subsequent chapters on Maya dynamics build on these techniques.
nParticles were introduced in Maya version 2009. These nParticles are connected to the Nucleus solver system, a difference from traditional Maya particles. Nucleus is a unified dynamic system first introduced in Maya 8.5 as part of nCloth. The Nucleus solver is the brain behind the nDynamic systems in Maya.
In this chapter, you will learn to: