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Maya 2014 New Features

Course Summary

Introduces the major improvements to Maya 2014, including the new Modeling Toolkit and Paint Effects.       

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    Course Syllabus

       Using the exercise files
    1. Interface
       Highlighting what's new
       In-view messages
       Display ToolClips
       Navigating in the Outliner and Graph Editor
       Using the Node Editor
    2. Scenes and Projects
       Understanding Binary compatibility
       Enabling Ignore Version
       Using Increment & Save
       Managing file links with the File Path Editor
    3. Viewports and Rendering
       Controlling display preferences
       Cycling through cameras
       Creating a camera from a view
       Creating a new orthographic camera
       Aligning the camera to a polygon
       Drawing in the viewport with Grease Pencil
       Unified sampling in mental ray
    4. Modeling Toolkit Basics
       Activating the Modeling Toolkit
       Making selections in multi-component mode
       Setting selection constraints
       Understanding mesh editing tools
       Using the Modeling Toolkit transform tools
       Choosing transform options
       Setting transform constraints
       Locking vertices
       Shrink wrapping a selection
    5. Applying the Modeling Toolkit
       Retopologizing with Quad Draw
       Creating polygon strips
       Merging components with Target Weld
       Extruding edges
       Inserting edges and edge loops
       Refining with Multi-Cut
       Refining with the Connect tool
       Instancing a symmetrical duplicate
       Modeling with symmetry
       Symmetrizing asymmetrical components
    6. New Modeling Tools in the Main Menu
       Transforming edges with Edit Edge Flow
       Using the Crease Set Editor
       Selecting similar components or objects
    7. Paint Effects
       Attaching paint effects to curves
       Colliding paint effects with surfaces
       Snapping tube roots to surfaces
       Attracting tubes to surfaces
       Randomizing leaf and flower sizes
       Controlling coverage with Occupation Surface
       Sculpting with Occupation Volume
       Setting a modifier fill object


Course Fee:
USD 25

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3 - 4 hours / week

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