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Do you want to make working in Maya easier and more efficient? This collection of over 40 tips and tricks will help you work smarter, not harder. Aaron F. Ross shares his productivity tips for creating, merging, and archiving projects; customizing the interface; and adjusting preferences to set up Maya just the way you like it. Learn how to enable versioning and define hot keys that will place often hidden commands right at your fingertips. Plus, Aaron will show you how to integrate with other applications, optimize Maya's performance, create scene references and proxies, and lay out heavy scenes with assemblies.
A common thing you might want to do in Maya is to change the overall interface scheme. For example, so you can get black type on a light-colored background. This is the default Maya interface, it has white text on a dark background, and that's a little bit harder to read. Ironically and paradoxically, it turns out that the cognitive science research has shown that people actually learn better when the type is harder to read, more difficult to make out. So you might not want to do this until you get really familiar with Maya, so you'll have the added benefit of difficult type, but I'm going to show you how to change it up.
I'm going to close Maya, just shut it down. And under Windows, the technique is to modify the shortcut to Maya. I've got a shortcut here. I'm just going to make a duplicate of that. I'm going to right-click and copy it and then paste, so I have a separate one I can play around with. And I'll rename it, I'll just click on the name there and I'll rename to Maya 2014 light interface. And I'll right-click on it and choose Properties, and I want to zoom in on this so we can see it a little bit better. Here you will see the target, and what we want to do here is after the quotation mark, enter in a space and then a dash or hyphen, and the word style.
Another space, and then the name of the style. And the one I'm going to use is called plastique. Plastique. Once I've done that, then, I can go ahead and zoom back out. And I'll go ahead and click OK. And now, when I double-click on this icon, it will launch Maya with those command line modifiers. And as you can see now, we've got dark text on a light-colored background, which is exactly the result that I was hoping to achieve. If I want to use the default Maya interface, I just go back to the other shortcut.
I'll show you also a list of the different styles that you have available to you. So these are all the styles that you could choose from. Plastique is really the best one for Windows. You'll see that there is one for Macintosh, but it only works on the Macintosh. You won't get a Macintosh look under Windows, no matter what you do. Okay, that's how we can apply a Maya interface style in Windows.
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