Chapter 13. Introducing nParticles

This chapter introduces Maya's new nParticle dynamics and shows you how they can be used creatively to create 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 are new to Maya 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:

  • Create nParticles

  • Make nParticles collide

  • Create liquid simulations

  • Emit nParticles from a texture ...

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