Maya 2011 New Features
Illustration by John Hersey

Maya 2011 New Features

with George Maestri

Video: Using the Spin Edge tool

Another great new modeling tool in Maya 2011 is called the Spin Edge tool. Now what this does is it takes an edge and allows you to change its orientation or spin it around the model. Now, I have a Maya file open and this file has a simple plane. Now, what I've done is I've actually used Connect Components to draw two diagonals across this plane, and this will give me some additional edges so we can illustrate the Spin Edge tool a little bit easier.

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Maya 2011 New Features
1h 22m Intermediate May 13, 2010

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Author George Maestri explores the significant and robust feature set in Maya 2011 that add functionality for its 3D workflows in Maya 2011 New Features. This course covers the addition of Bezier curves for NURBS modelers, the Connect Component and Spin Edge tools in the polygonal modeling mode, and rigging tools for character animation. Enhancements to rendering and special effects are also reviewed. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Choosing colors with the Color Picker
  • Using the new Shelf Editor
  • Adjusting skin weights with color feedback with Paint Skin Weights
  • Connecting characters to skeletons with Interactive Skin Bind
  • Making object-level soft selections
  • Constraining objects to polys
  • Using the camera sequencer
  • Exploring the Hypershade window improvements
Subject:
3D + Animation
Software:
Maya
Author:
George Maestri

Using the Spin Edge tool

Another great new modeling tool in Maya 2011 is called the Spin Edge tool. Now what this does is it takes an edge and allows you to change its orientation or spin it around the model. Now, I have a Maya file open and this file has a simple plane. Now, what I've done is I've actually used Connect Components to draw two diagonals across this plane, and this will give me some additional edges so we can illustrate the Spin Edge tool a little bit easier.

So, in order to do this, we need to select an edge. So, I'm going to right-click, go into Edge mode, and let's go ahead and select this edge. Now, we can get into the Spin Edge tool in two ways. One is through the menu. The other is through the Keyboard Shortcut. Let me show you where it is on the menu. Under Edit Mesh, we have Spin Edge Forward and Spin Edge Backward. But this tool really works much better as a keyboard shortcut.

And the keyboard option is Ctrl+Alt+Right or Ctrl+Alt+Left and that means the Left arrow. There on the Mac, you're going to using Control+Option+Right/Left. So let's go ahead and use the keyboard shortcut rather than the menu, so you can see how this works. So, I'm just going to hit Ctrl+Alt+Arrow key. So, I'm just going to Arrow Right, Arrow Left, while holding down Ctrl+Alt or Control+Option. And you can see how that spins. Now, if I actually go over to this edge, you can see this is a little bit easier, you can see how it kind of spins around and actually gives you a number of different options.

Maybe an edge like this, you can see how it can spin clockwise or counterclockwise, just depending on which Arrow key I press. There's something like this might not spin as much, because it's on a triangulated edge already. It really works a little bit better on ones where you actually have the option for multiple ones. But you can see how this works and you can see how it really gives you much wider control over your edge orientation, and they can help you get yourself out of little modeling jams that you've gotten yourself into.

So go ahead and memorize these two keystrokes, because I'm sure this is going to come in very handy if you ever do any sort of polygonal modeling.

There are currently no FAQs about Maya 2011 New Features.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Maya 2011 New Features.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.