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Maya 2018 Essential Training

Use the Grease Pencil tool

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  • Course details

    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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  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] Another way to help you visualize your animations is to actually draw on the screen using the grease pencil tool. Now this tool is primarily designed for animation, but it can also be used in a number of different other places, such a modeling. So let's take a look at how to use this. So I have this animation here in place. And let's say I wanted to mark the position of this object on a certain frame. So I'm going to go ahead to, say, frame 22 here. And if we go into our view port menu here, you'll see that we have this little pen icon that says Grease Pencil. If I click on this, it brings up this nice, little menu. Now the grease pencil works on a frame-by-frame basis. So what we do is we create a frame, draw into that frame, and then when we move our timeline that frame dims out, and we can draw new ones. So, let's go ahead and add a frame. And when I do, notice there's a little bit of a tick on the timeline here. And now I can draw using a pencil, a marker, or a soft…

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