Maya Tutorials

Maya75

Maya Basics

Download & Install Maya Product Help

Maya 1-Minute Startup Movies (Autodesk knowledgebase)

 

Scene organization

Grouping objects (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Working with the Outliner (Lynda.com, 7 min)

Creating hierarchies (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Hiding and showing objects (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Creating layers (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Managing object history (Lynda.com, 5 min)

 

Object manipulation

Manipulating pivots (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Using groups as pivots (Lynda.com, 2 min)

 

Polygon modeling

Modeling a low poly tree (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Soft Select and Reflection (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Extrude tools (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Bevel tools (Lynda.com, 3 min)

Edge loops (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Symmetrical objects I (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Symmetrical object II (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Mirroring geometry (Lynda.com, 3 min)

Extruding along a path (Lynda.com, 2 min)

Polygon Bridge tool (Lynda.com, 2 min)

Modeling Toolkit (Lynda.com, 3 min)

Combine and Separate (4 min)

Boolean tools ( 6 min)

Cutting a hole using boolean and topology – ctbram0627, 24 min

Transform Extruded Typo in Maya and AE (Shatter typo, Digital Tutors)

Modeling for Dynamics in Houdini and Maya (Digital Tutors)

Maya 2016 Modeling Improvements (Steven Roselle, 37 min)

Meet the Experts: Modeling in Maya 2015 (Craig Barr, forward to 11 min, overall 53 min)

 

Spline modeling

Introducing NURBS modeling and editing (Lynda.com, 4 min)

NURBS primitives (Lynda.com, 6 min)

NURBS curve tools (Lynda.com, 7 min)

Creating radial surfaces with Revolve (Lynda.com, 6 min)

NURBS loft (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Opening and closing curves and surfaces (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Creating shapes with NURBS planar (Lynda.com, 5 min)

NURBS extrude (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Using isoparms to refine NURBS surfaces (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Extracting NURBS curves from surfaces (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Converting NURBS to polygons (Lynda.com, 6 min)

 

Reference modeling

Setting up reference (Lynda.com, 8 min)

Modeling against reference (Lynda.com, 4 min)

 

Object deformation

Nonlinear deformers (Lynda.com, 5 min)

 

Smoothing and subdivision

Subdivision surfaces (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Creases in smooth surfaces (Lynda.com, 3 min)

Smoothing models and managing detail (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Edge Flow to smooth geometry (Lynda.com, 4 min)

 

Retopologizing

Modeling and retopologizing 1: Shrink wrapping a sleeve and torso (MLC, Maya 2016, 7 min)

Modeling and retopologizing 2: Quad drawing the shoulder/collar (MLC, Maya 2016, 8 min)

Modeling and retopologizing 3: Fine-tuning shape and topology (MLC, Maya 2016, 7 min)

Modeling and retopologizing 4: UV creation and finishing touches (MLC, Maya 2016, 14 min)

 

Sculpting / Normal baking

Sculpting a basic landscape (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Sculpting Clothes Part 1 – Wrinkles and creases, Normal map baking (MLC, Maya 2016, 12 min)

Sculpting Clothes Part 2 – Patterns and symmetry (MLC, Maya 2016, 12 min)

 

UV Mapping

Basic UV mapping (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Cylindrical projections (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Understanding the UV Editor (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Mapping in the UV Editor (Lynda.com, 8 min)

UV unwrapping tutorial for Maya 2016 (James Taylor, 16 min)

Maya 2016 Modeling and UV Editing Improvements (Steven Roselle, 10 min)

UV Mapping in Autodesk Maya 2015 (Michael Swartz, 107 min)

Creating the UV Snapshot Maya 2015 (Brain Puff, 11 min)

 

Texturing

Applying multiple materials (Lynda.com, 4 min)

3D painting (Lynda.com, 7 min)

Ocean Shader (Maya Mondays, 8 min)

 

Texture Transfer

Transfer textures to a new UV layout in Maya (Creative Bloq)

Create texture maps with the Transfer Maps editor (Maya 2016 Help)

Maya texturing, sculpting, baking (Blog, Aldo Vicente)

 

Shading / Materials

Basic shader types (Lynda.com, 10 min)

Displacement and bump mapping (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Mental ray materials (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Raytracing reflections and refractions (Lynda.com, 6 min)

 

Camera

Camera basics – Lynda.com, 9 min

Adding depth of field – Lynda.com, 6 min

Motion blur – Lynda.com, 4 min

Animation Principles in Staging – Digital Tutors Maya tutorial

Animating Camera Cuts – AnimationMethods, 13 min

4 Camera Tips – reaction, tracking, crane / boom shots, hand held, Bloop Animation, 5 min

Camera Path Animation and Following Objects – Mike Hermes, 8 min

 

Animation

Animation cycles (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Animating objects using Set Key (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Modifying keys in the Graph Editor (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Modifying keys in the Dope Sheet (Lynda.com, 3 min)

Animating objects along spline paths (Lynda.com, 6 min)

 

Instancing

How to use Duplicate and Duplicate special (Maya 2014 tutorial, 10 min)

Instance geometry with nParticles (Autodesk knowledgebase)

Instance Along Curve Maya Plugin (Free python plugin)

Maya Bonus Tools 2012 – Paint Geometry Tool

 

XGen

Creating Topological Art with XGen (Maya Learning Channel, 12 min)

Maya 2015 XGen Instancing Overview (Steven Roselle Maya 2015 tutorial, 27 min)

Controlling complexity with Xgen in Autodesk Maya 2015 (Autodesk, 51 min)

XGen – Spline output as curve (Maya Monday, 2 min)

10 tips for using Maya’s XGen in production (cgchannel.com blog)

 

nParticles

Start Understanding nParticles with collissions (Digital Tutors free, 15 min)

nParticles along motion path (Phil Radford, 13 min)

Goal Oriented nParticles in Maya for Morphing (Simply Maya, 12 min)

 

Bifrost

Intro to Bifrost Fluid Sim in Maya (CG Swot, 39 min)

 

Smoke effects

Maya 3D – Dynamic – Fluid Effect (Advanced Smoke) – Sangiemenla, 11 min, silent

Maya 3D – Dynamic – Fluid Effect – Smoke Effect – Sangiemenla, 25 min, silent

 

Paint effects

Discover Paint Effects (Autodesk Maya 2013, 62 min)

Maya 2014 – Paint Effects Enhancments (Autodesk Maya 2014, 14 min)

 

Lighting

Lighting types (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Creating shadows (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Falloff for realistic lighting (Lynda.com, 5 min)

Indirect lighting for softer shadows (Lynda.com, 3 min)

Image based lighting (Lynda.com, 4 min)

Add image based lighting with a preset or custom environment in the Material Viewer (Maya help)

Image based lighting interior with HDR and portal light (James Taylor, Maya 2015, 6 min)

Introduction to Lighting in Maya (Digital Tutors, 76 min)

 

Viewport 2.0

Viewport 2.0 outdoor lighting tips in Maya 2016 (Autodesk Maya Mondays, 16 min)

 

Color Management

Achieving accurate colors using Color Management (Maya Learning Channel, Maya 2015, 16 min)

 

Rendering

Maya rendering overview (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Render settings (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Raytracing reflections and refractions settings in Mental Ray (Lynda.com, 6 min)

Batch rendering (5 min)

 

Mental Ray

Mental Ray in Maya 2016 improvements (Blog)

http://blog.mentalray.com/ (Blog)

 

Maya Bonus Tools / Extensions

Maya BonusTools 2016 Overview  (Steven Roselle, 15 min)

Maya Bonus Tools for UV workflows  (Lesterbanks / Steven Roselle)

Maya 2016 Extension 1: 3D Type (Autodesk, 11 min)

Maya 2016 Extension 1: Improved Vector Graphics Workflow (Autodesk, 8 min)

Maya 2016 Extension 1: New Look Development Shading Nodes (Autodesk, 9 min)

 

Video Channel

Maya Mondays with Daryl Obert (Youtube Channel)

Maya Learning Channel (Youtube Channel)

 

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