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

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Chapter 5. Paint Effects

Paint Effects, as the name suggests, is a powerfultool for effects. It is essentially a procedural modeling and animation tool that is most often usedfor creating fields of swaying grass, lightning bolts, trees, and other such objects that require massreplication. Paint Effects is kind of like a painting program combined with a particle system. Because of the unique nature of this tool, it can also solve alot of other effects problems that would be difficult and cumbersome with other Maya solutions.

This chapter assumes some knowledge of Paint Effects basics and presents some novel ways to use Paint Effects you may not have tried. Combined with the Toon Lines tool introduced in Maya 7, Paint Effects offers even more flexibility ...

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