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How to Cheat in Maya 2010: Tools and Techniques for the Maya Animator 1st Edition
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It reads like this; I knew that, I knew that, I knew that, HOLY COW I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!!!
It's a book I'll recommend to both my students and my co-workers.
Not quite sure why there's the big emphasis on "cheat" in the title...maybe this is part of a series, or maybe the publisher thought that it would increase sales...because it isn't about cheating as much as it is about learning techniques. And, frankly, I need to be taught techniques when it comes to animation because Maya is a biiiiiggg program.
And the DVD is not useless! Which is often the case with media attached to books.
I look forward to really digging in and becoming much more proficient when it comes to lip-synching and facial expressions.
If you know Maya, and you're getting into animation, do yourself a favor and get this book.
There is a wealth of knowledge here. Surely things that would take years to learn through experience and trial and error. Luhta distills it all into 300 pages of easy to understand tutorials and lessons. Like all good tutorial books, each page is filled with numerous and detailed screen captures illustrating the menu options involved and the intermediate steps between point A and point B. Where appropriate, the images are labeled with circles, arrows, and text in bold red letters for added clarity.
Luhta covers a lot. He not only teaches you the mechanics, he also tries to teach you the art by applying polish and personality to your animations. He includes several chapters on making your animations more expressive and appealing. There's a chapter on faces, one on brows, eyes, lip-sync, etc.
A truly excellent and valuation resource for animators. Highly recommended, and at $30, this is a lot cheaper than many other animation books on the market.
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If you are just learning Maya, nothing will help you smooth out your workflow better than this book. Good for learning the ins and outs while on a deadline.Published 11 months ago by The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
I really do love this, it had the best tips. Definite recommend. And it came with a rig as well.Published on May 14, 2014 by trini
Not the best that Eric Write but I think that it is good.the next time put a charter inside of real time shaders or virtualsets...
In my opinion this book is best for people with previous animation experience.
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This is an essential tool for the Maya animator! It covers each major facet of animation and how to use the Maya tools necessary to achieve realistic results quickly and... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by John D. Hutton
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn how to become a better animator with Maya. It has lots of really useful tips and tricks, and the bonus DVD is full of scene... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by giof2003
This has been helpful for me as a new Maya user. I began having trouble winging it. So using the chapter files has helped a lot.Published on August 28, 2011 by Kenya
I bought this book from overseas so didn't expect to get it in the mail for a long time, however it arrived several weeks earlier than I had anticipated. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Rebecca
I'm really enjoying learning from this brilliant book. However, I have a file missing from the CD. It's really frustrating! Could someone link it me if possible? Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Eddie