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Maya® Visual Effects: The Innovator's Guide by Eric Keller

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Chapter 4. Creative Blend Shape Use

Blend shape deformers, like joints, are typically associated with character animation—most often for creating facial expressions. In this chapter we'll look at some situations in which blend shapes can be a useful tool for creating other types of animated effects.

Chapter Contents

  • Blend Shapes and Lattices

  • Blend Shape In-Betweens

  • Interactive Blend Shape Rigs

  • Layering Blend Shapes

Blend Shapes and Lattices

It's no secret why people such as yourself get into 3D modeling and animation—it's all about arts and crafts! In this next shot we'll be creating some CG pottery for another kids cartoon. (You'll have even more fun if you pretend that it is zombie pottery.) In this animation, the pottery spins on a wheel. After a ...

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