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Creating Striking Graphics with Maya and Photoshop [Paperback]

Daniel Gray , Sybex
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June 15, 2004 0782142745 978-0782142747 First Edition
Add Another Dimension to Your Portfolio—And Move to the Top of Your Craft

Professional artists who strive to bring a new look to their illustrations are using Alias' premier 3D software in tandem with Adobe's prominent digital imaging program to create cutting-edge graphics. Now, with Maya 6, this remarkable combo is even better integrated than before.

Creating Striking Graphics with Maya and Photoshop—brought to you from Maya Press, a publishing partnership between Sybex and Alias—is a dazzling introduction to the vibrant world of 3D and Maya. Graphics wiz Daniel Gray, with help from an elite group of pros, will inspire you to incorporate 3D into your graphics and think more artistically when approaching your creations. And if you're already familiar with Maya, you'll learn how Maya 6 makes it even easier to work between both applications.

First you'll get the essential Photoshop user's introduction to Maya and learn how to make the leap from 2D to 3D. Then, you'll discover how high-profile artists use Maya and Photoshop together in real-world scenarios where 2D and 3D collide in a burst of creativity. Through a series of interviews that address a variety of 3D applications, you'll discover how:

  • Maya Master Meats Meier depicts Mother Nature with otherworldly success
  • Michael Elins combines photography and classical painting with the 3D world
  • Damon Riesberg cranks out a daily comic strip by posing and rendering his cast of characters
  • guru studios crafts beautiful 3D cartoons with a cool retro feel for TELETOON
  • Meteor Studios brings ultra-realistic prehistoric creatures to life for the Discovery Channel's Dinosaur Planet
  • IBM painstakingly re-creates ancient artifacts, such as the Sphinx, for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Meshwerks digitizes automobiles for use in movies, advertising, and video games and creates the ultra-cool chopped and channeled Honda EleMENTAL Woodie!

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Add Another Dimension to Your Portfolio—And Move to the Top of YourCraft
Professional artists who strive to bring a new look to theirillustrations are using Alias' premier 3D software in tandem with Adobe'sprominent digital imaging program to create cutting-edge graphics. Now, with Maya6, this remarkable combo is even better integrated thanbefore.

Creating Striking Graphics with Maya andPhotoshop—brought to you from Maya Press, a publishingpartnership between Sybex and Alias—is a dazzling introduction to thevibrant world of 3D and Maya. Graphics wiz Daniel Gray, with help from an elitegroup of pros, will inspire you to incorporate 3D into your graphics and thinkmore artistically when approaching your creations. And if you're already familiarwith Maya, you'll learn how Maya 6 makes it even easier to work between bothapplications.

First you'll get the essential Photoshop user’sintroduction to Maya and learn how to make the leap from 2D to 3D. Then, you'lldiscover how high-profile artists use Maya and Photoshop together in real-worldscenarios where 2D and 3D collide in a burst of creativity. Through a series ofinterviews that address a variety of 3D applications, you'll discoverhow:
  • Maya Master Meats Meier depicts Mother Nature withotherworldly success
  • Michael Elins combines photography and classicalpainting with the 3D world
  • Damon Riesberg cranks out a daily comic strip byposing and rendering his cast of characters
  • guru studios crafts beautiful 3Dcartoons with a cool retro feel for TELETOON
  • Meteor Studios bringsultra-realistic prehistoric creatures to life for the Discovery Channel'sDinosaur Planet
  • IBM painstakingly re-creates ancient artifacts, suchas the Sphinx, for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Meshwerks digitizesautomobiles for use in movies, advertising, and video games and creates the ultra-cool chopped and channeled Honda EleMENTAL Woodie!

About the Author

Daniel Gray's career has focused on the forefront of the digital graphic arts. He's written over fifteen books on graphics and the Internet, including Sybex's The Art of Cartooning with Flash

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; First Edition edition (June 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782142745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782142747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Purchase July 5, 2005
Format:Paperback
I flipped through the book and saw some nice imagry and thought it might have some good tutorials on the CD-ROM. Was I wrong, this book teaches nothing...it informs the reader of how cool it is to combine Photoshop and Maya and stops right there. I don't know how this book was published with maya on the title.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not happy July 28, 2004
By Greg
Format:Paperback
I really thought this book would show techniques in using both programs. There is pretty much only two tutorials (Chapter 2 and 3) throughout the book. The rest of the 8 chapters shows case studies and gives long bios of the people that created the work. If you are looking to really learn hands on techniques this is not the book. The CD is horrible, there are only two chapter folders that have scene files. The CD also contains a corny little quicktime movie of Alanis Morisette's video. Get the book used if you must have it.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but I cannot recommend it August 24, 2004
By Daniele
Format:Paperback
I am used to buy a lot of good books from Amazon, but this time I had bought this book without waiting for other opinion about, so I think I have to inform that this book is really useless if you are looking for ideas or tutorial regarding integration between the two programs. Really a basic level targeted book, with nothing useful for intermediate/advanced users.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is one huge resume February 15, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wish I would have read the reviews before buying this book. At least I got it used. This book is almost devoid of actual tutorials and hands-on learning. The first few chapters have some instruction, but the majority of the book reads like a compilation of resumes with stunning imagery. There are lots of pictures and in-depth biographies of industry professionals with very little tips on how to create the images included. If you are a new user looking to expand your skills this is not the book for you. If you are an industry professional looking to hire a skilled artist, this may be what you're looking for. I regret buying this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Bebop
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Book is just a info commercial at best, almost no tech help.
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