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Mastering Autodesk Maya 2014 by Todd Palamar

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Chapter 4

Modeling II

Continuing with the space-suit project from Chapter 3, “Modeling I,” you will use a variety of traditional and nontraditional modeling tools to finish and add detail to the suit.

In this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Model using deformers
  • Combine meshes
  • Use the Bevel Plus tool
  • Use curves
  • Convert NURBS surfaces to polygons
  • Understand Boolean operations
  • Sculpt polygons using Artisan
  • Use advanced polygon-editing tools

Modeling with Deformers

Deformers are used to bend, twist, and otherwise warp geometry. They are often used as animation and rigging tools, but you will find them quite helpful when you are modeling as well.

In this section you’ll use several deformers to bend the suit’s shoulder armor into a shape that matches ...

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