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Mastering Maya® 2009 by Anthony Honn, Eric Allen, Eric Keller

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Chapter 4. Polygon and Subdivision Surface Modeling

Maya's Polygon Modeling tool set has advanced significantly within the last two versions of the software. The addition of Smooth Mesh Polygon tools (also known as Smooth Mesh Preview Polygon tools) allows you to quickly and easily create and edit complex organic surfaces. The improvements to the Select and Move tools, such as the Soft Select and Reflection options, make modeling with polygons much more intuitive and sculptural.

There's a lot you can do with polygons in Maya. In this chapter, you'll use a wide range of tools and techniques to construct a character wearing a futuristic space suit. You'll also learn how to use polygons in conjunction with NURBS, Paint Effects, and subdivision surfaces. ...

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