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Introducing Maya 8: 3D for Beginners

Introducing Maya 8: 3D for Beginners

Dariush Derakhshani

ISBN: 978-0-470-10826-0 January 2007 461 Pages




If you're just beginning to dive into the world of 3D, this is the book for you."
?Animation Magazine

The Academy Award® winning Maya® 3D animation and effects software is the first choice of film and video artists, game developers, and 3D design professionals. Discover how to build, render, and animate your own digital models and scenes, and begin to develop professional-level Maya skills with the latest edition of this popular bestseller.

Starting with the basics, the book builds from the ground up, combining straightforward text with practical examples that make it fun and easy to learn Maya's core features while introducing new Maya 8 elements such as improved polygon tools and enhanced rendering with mental ray. Clear-cut, engaging lessons let you experiment using the wealth of files provided on the CD-ROM. You'll also find an abundance of instructional and inspirational Maya creations in the full-color insert.

The accompanying CD-ROMs images, movies, and scene files let you view material from the book right on your own computer. Tackle all-new rendering and dynamics tutorials and much more. The CD includes Maya Personal Learning Edition software.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Graphics and 3D.

Chapter 2: The Maya Interface.

Chapter 3: Your First Maya Animation.

Chapter 4: Modeling with Polygons.

Chapter 5: Modeling with NURBS.

Chapter 6: Further Modeling Topics: Deformers and Subdivision Surfaces.

Chapter 7: Maya Shading and Texturing.

Chapter 8: Introduction to Animation.

Chapter 9: Further Animation Practices.

Chapter 10: Maya Lighting.

Chapter 11: Maya Rendering.

Chapter 12: Maya Dynamics.



  • NEW MATERIAL: Covers the latest features and includes new tutorials and art.
  • BEST-SELLING: Previous editions have been the best-selling Maya book on the market and received consistently great reviews.
  • INSPIRATIONAL: Color insert provides real-world examples from talented beginning Maya users to attract readers who aspire to learn the software.
  • SOFTWARE INCLUDED: Includes the free Maya Personal Learning Edition software on the CD. No other third-party books do.
  • COMPLEX MADE DOABLE: Maya professional Dariush Derakhshani gives beginners just what they need to understand the intricacies of 3D and Maya. The tutorials offer realistic challenges for those new to 3D with clear explanations along the way.