In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, Sams Teach Yourself Maya® in 24 Hours will help you master Autodesk Maya 2014 and use it to create outstanding 3D graphics and animations. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll master powerful Maya 2014 tools for modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, lighting, rendering, and more. Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success!
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Maya tasks.
Quizzes and exercises test your knowledge of key Maya 2014 tools at the end of each hour.
Notes present interesting information related to the discussion.
Tips offer advice or show you easier
ways to perform tasks.
Learn how to…
Get comfortable with Autodesk Maya 2014's complex interface
Quickly access the Maya 2014 tools you need for any task
Efficiently manage your assets and files
Model with polygonal geometry and NURBS curves/surfaces
Unfold UVs and apply textures
Create node networks in the hypershade
Model highly realistic characters
Utilize relationships and make nodes work together
Rig your objects and characters for animation
Add animated movement to your scenes
Create and adjust cameras
Build diverse shapes with BlendShapes
Animate using dynamics and simulations
Script and automate common tasks
Improve realism with particles, hair/cloth effects, and more
Correctly light your scenes
Render your final imagery
Work effectively with film
Manage your projects and scene workflows more efficiently
On the DVD: The accompanying DVD contains how-to videos for dozens of key Maya 2014 tasks, extensive sample art and models, and additional bonus content.