ABSTRACT

All professional animators know a handful of secrets that give them an edge in a production environment. "How to Cheat in Maya" puts these secrets in your hands! Learn time and energy saving techniques tested in real Hollywood productions in this book, jam-packed with screenshots and scene files designed to get you up to speed quickly.

From menus to modeling, lipsync to lighting, How to Cheat in Maya 2013 covers all of the methods available in the latest version of Maya. Get up to speed quickly and produce stellar results with these insider workflows. With new, updated cheats for the latest version of Maya, "How to Cheat in Maya" is an essential guide for amateur and professional 3D animators alike. Fulyl updated with gold-mine coverage including: expanded sections on production workflow, all new chapters covering rigging cheats and Maya's referencing tools,  and brand new project files demonstrating production-proven techniques.

The companion website includes complete scene files for exercises and techniques, extra rigs, Quicktime movies of full projects, and video tutorials.

chapter |34 pages

Animation Principles

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |2 pages

Interlude: What Is “Workflow”?

ByKenny Roy

chapter |28 pages

Splines

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |4 pages

Interlude: To School or Not to School?

Can You Teach Yourself Animation At Home?
ByKenny Roy

chapter |16 pages

Graph Editor

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |38 pages

Techniques

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |2 pages

Interlude: Office Etiquette

ByKenny Roy

chapter |18 pages

Constraints

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |2 pages

Interlude: The Right Stuff:

Making sure shots on your reel have everything you need to get noticed
ByEric Luhta

chapter |16 pages

Rigging Cheats

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |2 pages

Interlude: Holding Your Own

ByKenny Roy

chapter |22 pages

Cameras and Layout

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |2 pages

Interlude: Finding Inspiration

ByEric Luhta

chapter |34 pages

Workflow

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |6 pages

Interview: Spotlight - Özgür Aydoğdu

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |22 pages

Cycles

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |16 pages

Referencing

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |2 pages

Interlude: Giving Feedback

ByKenny Roy

chapter |26 pages

Facial Animation

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |2 pages

Interlude: Repetitive Stress Injury

ByEric Luhta

chapter |18 pages

Animation Layers

ByEric Luhta, Kenny Roy

chapter |4 pages

Interlude: Your Demo Reel

New Guidelines for a Changing Industry
ByKenny Roy