Maya Studio Projects Photorealistic Characters

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook; 1st edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470944978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470944974

eBook Description:

Create realistic characters with Maya tools and this project-based book

Maya character generation tools are extremely sophisticated, and there’s no better way to learn all their capabilities than by working through the projects in this hands-on book. This official guide focuses on understanding and implementing Maya’s powerful tools for creating realistic characters for film, games, and TV. Use a variety of tools to create characters from skeleton to clothing, including hairstyles and facial hair, and learn how to use Performance Capture. A DVD includes supplementary videos, project support files, textures, tools, professional shaders, and more.

  • This project-based book focuses on Maya’s powerful tools for creating realistic characters for TV, film, and games
  • Covers key techniques necessary to make a character work in a professional setting: texturing, sub-surface scattering, hair, fur, homemade motion-capture, muscle systems, and clothing
  • Includes a DVD featuring supplementary videos, project support files, textures, tools, professional shaders, and more
  • An Autodesk Official Training Guide

Maya Studio Projects: Photorealistic Characters is an excellent training aid for both Maya newcomers and seasoned pros.

From the Back Cover

Maya Studio Projects Photorealistic Characters: CREATE REALISTIC CHARACTERS WITH MAYA 2012

How do you make human characters look really human? Step into the studio with veteran animator Todd Palamar and learn how to use Autodesk Maya 2012’s sophisticated tools to create amazingly realistic characters for film, games, and television. As you work on a series of projects, you’ll learn body and facial rigging and how to do hair, skin, muscles, lighting, motion-capture, and much more. An Autodesk Official Training Guide, this book offers you the very best, professional-level training for a career.

  • Create a character named Jack, starting with his skeleton
  • Build facial rigging that allows Jack to talk and show emotion
  • Understand hair in all its glory-bangs, bowl cuts, wet hair, thinning hair, growing hair, and more
  • Master fur tools and create eyebrows, eyelashes, and Jack’s beard
  • Add blood, sweat, tears, and more with textures and nParticles
  • Outfit your character in field pants, safari shirt, and a bomber jacket
  • Bring Jack to vivid life with Performance Capture, made famous in Avatar

Simulate hair, fur, clothing, and skin

Create your own motion-capture studio

Simulate muscle motion using motion capture


Enhance your learning with real-world videos on the DVD. The DVD also provides support files, textures, tools, professional shaders, and more.

Author Info

Todd Palamar began his career creating traditional special effects for low-budget horror movies and quickly gravitated to computer animation. After working on numerous straight-to-video movies, he entered the video game industry. Todd has extensive freelance experience, including dozens of military and game-style simulations, corporate commercials, and theme park rides. In addition, he has written several Maya books, including Maya Studio Projects: Dynamics.

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