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Maya 2018 Essential Training

Work with selection masks

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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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    - [Instructor] One more way to stay organized is to use what are called selection masks. Now, these allow you to select only certain types of objects. So, you can isolate what you're working with by category. Now we'll find these up here right under the menu bar. You may have to expand the selection mask icons, but they should look something like this. Now, by default, everything is on. So I should be able to select anything, but if we want, we can turn our selection mask so that all objects are off. Now notice how all of these icons click off, and I cannot select anything, so if I turn it on, all of these light up, and it allows me to select. So lets go ahead and turn this off. Now if we want, we can go on a category by category basis and turn on different types of objects. So, if I click on this little diamond shape, that turns on geometry, so I should be able to select anything that has a shape, but I can't select the lights or the camera. Now, if I want to dig down a little bit…

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