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In Maya 2009 New Features, George Maestri demonstrates several breakthrough updates in the latest version of this 3D modeling, rendering, and animation tool. He explores the upgrades to the interface and covers soft selection and other modeling tools. George then delves into more complex new features, including the Asset Manager for organizing objects and nodes within a scene; animation layering to blend, merge, group, reorder, override, and add to preceding layers; Maya Muscle, for creating lifelike skin motion; and nParticles, a new particle system. Exercise files accompany the course.
One additional feature in the Selection tool is the ability to select portions of a face loop or an edge loop, so let me show you how that works. We have got this Head model open and let's go ahead and start with Edge Loops. So I am just going to go ahead and select Edge. We know that if I double click on an edge, you get the whole Edge Loop. Now, if I just want portions of that Edge Loop, I can use a Shift+Double-click. So for example, if I select the Edge Loop here at the front of his hair and go back here and Shift+Double-click that one, I get all the edges in between.
Pretty simple! It's a great way to select portions of this. So for example, if I wanted to move this or remodel this, it would be very easy to select that portion of his head. Now, it also works for Face Loops as well. So let's go ahead and right click here, go to Face and I could, for example, click here and Shift+Double-click here and I can select, again, just portions of his head. So if I click here and Shift+Double- click here, again I am selecting that whole loop of edges in between those two, which is really handy because you can certainly see how that makes it much easier to select very specific areas of your model when you go to model.
So that's just about it for Face and Edge Loop selection.
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