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Customizing shelves

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Video: Customizing shelves

In this video, we're going to discuss very quickly how to customize a shelf in Maya. If we open up a file in Maya, you'll We can have a shelf for different flows for example, we can have a shelf for Let's give it a name.

Customizing shelves

In this video, we're going to discuss very quickly how to customize a shelf in Maya. If we open up a file in Maya, you'll notice this the standard array of shelves that Maya supplies. At the very end, we have one called Custom. Now Custom is blank, so it allows us to add our custom commands into this particular shelf. We can have a shelf for different flows for example, we can have a shelf for rendering, we can have a shelf for modeling and we can also have a shelf for animation. Let me show you how to create a brand new shelf. On the left hand side here if we just hover over this little triangle, hold it down, I'm going to say new shelf.

Let's give it a name. And in this case, we'll just call it F1. You'll notice that F1 appears, but it's blank, so we haven't actually inserted any commands into that shelf. To do that, let's go up to Windows, Settings and Preferences, and choose commands that we use commonly. I'm hold down my ctrl and shift, and I'm going to click on preferences. I'm going to click on Plug in manager, and also Hotkey Editor. You'll notice those three commands now appear in that shelf. I can move the location of those commands by simply using a middle mass button and sliding them to a new location.

I can also use my middle mouse button, drag them straight to the trash, to delete them. Now once I have my commands in there, I can customize the icons to make them more distinctive. Let's go back to the same location over here to shelf editor. Now you'll notice I've got F1 selected here, and under F1 I have two commands currently, plug-in manager and preferences. Let's change the characteristics of this icon. We can go to the icon label color and let's make that red. Now you'll notice it gives you a preview immediately of how that will look.

You can change the background color as well. So we can completely customize these icons to make them more distinctive. Once we've done that we can say, Save All Shelves and that saved that particular shelf. If I wannna load the shelf I go back to the same location and say, Load Shelf. The shelves are located in the default installation path on Maya. Which in this case will be Documents> Maya> 2014> Preferences and then Shelves, there's our shelf F1. There may be a time when we want to delete a shelf completely. In order to do this let's go back to the same location on the left hand side, and go to delete shelf.

And once that shelf is deleted, let's try to reload it again. Let's go back to Load Shelf, let's go back to the Default Installation Path. And you'll notice that F1 shelf has disappeared. So, deleting the shelf will delete the mel script as well. So again, it's worthwhile starting to populate a custom shelf because it will really help speed up the workflow as we move through this F1 project.

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Modeling an F1 Wheel in Maya

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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 17m 3s
    1. Setting the project defaults
      1m 24s
    2. Setting the scene units
      1m 57s
    3. Customizing shelves
      3m 8s
    4. Importing the reference image
      2m 26s
    5. Checking the footprint in Alias Design
      3m 19s
    6. Comparing different workflows
      4m 49s
  3. 40m 29s
    1. Using the Create Polygon tool
      2m 12s
    2. Snapping polygons
      2m 58s
    3. Creating quads with the Interactive Split tool
      3m 15s
    4. Creating a solid with the Extrude tool
      1m 47s
    5. Adding a chamfer using the Bevel tool
      6m 7s
    6. Understanding the Insert Edge Loop tool
      2m 47s
    7. Mirroring across the centerline with Duplicate Special
      2m 54s
    8. Alternatives to Duplicate Special
      2m 2s
    9. Understanding the Combine and Merge commands
      1m 59s
    10. Using the Merge Vertex tool
      5m 16s
    11. Using the software renderer for quick renders
      2m 29s
    12. Using mental ray for higher-quality renders
      3m 27s
    13. Understanding mental ray's Approximation Editor
      3m 16s
  4. 16m 39s
    1. Adding button recesses with Boolean operations
      2m 51s
    2. Creating quads using the Interactive Split tool
      3m 19s
    3. Creating the button base
      5m 23s
    4. Creating the button indent
      3m 39s
    5. Scaling the buttons
      1m 27s
  5. 11m 39s
    1. The main footprint
      1m 25s
    2. Creating quads
      1m 10s
    3. Create a solid
      3m 44s
    4. Fine-tuning the handle
      2m 45s
    5. Mirror across the centerline
      2m 35s
  6. 20m 56s
    1. Creating the paddles
      4m 46s
    2. Modeling the rotary dial
      8m 26s
    3. Modeling the center pad
      4m 35s
    4. Modeling the digital display
      3m 9s
  7. 18m 8s
    1. Create an alpha in SketchBook Pro
      58s
    2. Rendering exercise
      4m 49s
    3. Positioning lights and adjusting light attributes
      5m 18s
    4. Render settings
      3m 3s
    5. Comparing and saving renders
      4m 0s
  8. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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