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Maya 2018 Essential Training

Create shapes with the NURBS Planar action

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    Learn to create high-quality 3D models and animations in Maya 2018. This course covers the core Maya skills—modeling, texturing, rendering, and animation—within a real-world, project-based workflow. The techniques you'll learn here translate equally well to film, motion graphics, game design, and animation.

    First explore the basics of the Maya interface, including selecting and manipulating objects, organizing scenes, and customizing the interface. Next, learn about polygonal modeling, creating and refining meshes, sculpting, and working with NURBS surfaces. Once you understand modeling, discover how to create and apply materials—adding color, texture, and reflectivity to your creations. Then integrate cameras, lighting, and effects into the rendering process, and leverage the new Arnold for Maya renderer. Last but not least, instructor George Maestri show how to add movement and life to your work with Maya's animation tools.

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    - [Voiceover] Another way to create shapes is to use what's called a NURBS planar. Now, NURBS planar basically trims away the surface to create whatever shape you want. So, let's go ahead and draw a simple shape and then we'll use NURBS planar. Now, the shapes that you use for planar have to be closed. So, that's important. So, I'm going to go in to my top view part here and let's draw a closed shape. So, I'm going to go in to Create > Curve Tools. Let's go ahead and start drawing. So, I'm going to go ahead and just draw a simple heart. Now remember, in order to close the surface, I have to select Curves > Open/Close. And now, I have a closed curve. So, let's go ahead into our perspective view here. And let's say we wanted to turn this into a surface. Well, we can do that very easily using planar. So, if I go into Surfaces and select Planar, this fills in and I get a planar surface. Now, in this case the surface is showing up dark, but if I turn on 2-sided Lighting, I should be able…

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