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Maya Visual Effects The Innovator's Guide: Autodesk Official Press, 2nd Edition by Eric Keller

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Chapter 5

Paint Effects

In my opinion, Maya’s Paint Effects module is one of the most underrated parts of the Autodesk® Maya® toolbox. Even experienced Maya artists often overlook this amazingly powerful procedural modeling and animation system. Most people think of it as simply a way to create trees, grass, and plants, and while it does excel at these applications, there’s so much more that can be done with Paint Effects that it could almost be a program unto itself. In this chapter, you’ll learn how the Paint Effects tools can be used to create and embellish effects in scenes in some novel ways. Keep in mind that these examples just barely ...

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