Join Aaron F. Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the project, part of Creating Natural Environments in Maya.
In this training course, I am going to use a slightly different interface for…Maya, just for legibility's sake.…It's a little bit difficult to read the white text on a black background,…so I am going to actually be using the more traditional interface of black text…on a light gray background.…So I am going to show you how to do that on Windows.…I am going to go ahead and shut down Maya, and I want to go to All Programs >…Autodesk > Autodesk Maya 2011 to find that shortcut.…
I need to just modify this shortcut.…I'll right-click and choose Properties.…All I need to do is at the end of this line, it says Target. After the quotation…mark, I'll put in a space, a dash, and the word "style," a space, and the name of…the style, and the one I am using is called plastique.…And then the next time I launch Maya it will have that color scheme.…
So as you can see, now we have a more traditional layout.…I also opt to use a more traditional background for the viewport, and there is a…keyboard shortcut for that, which is Alt+B, and it'll lead you cycle through all…
AuthorAaron F. Ross
Recommended prerequisite: Maya 2011 Essential Training
- Laying out the scene
- Sculpting terrain with Soft Selection and the Sculpt Geometry tool
- Creating 2D textures using Artisan and Paint Effects
- Applying 2D and 3D procedural textures
- Building backgrounds with skydomes and matte paintings
- Shaping clouds with Maya Fluids
- Creating non-physical daylight and casting shadows
- Rendering with Maya software
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: When I create a new document and attempt to use the Fly tool, it works as expected. When I try to use the Fly tool with any of the downloaded exercise files, I get the following error message:
// Error: setAttr: A child attribute of 'camera1.rotate' is locked or connected and cannot be modified.
A: In some of the lessons, the camera is locked. That's by design.
If you want to unlock the camera, go to the Camera panel menu directly above the viewport. Choose View > Select Camera. Now look in the Channel Box. The Translate or Rotate channels may be grayed out. Click-drag the names (not the numbers) to select multiple channels. Then right-click and choose Unlock Selected.
One exception: if you see a channel displaying in blue, that means the camera is constrained to something. For example, the Rotate channels could be aim-constrained to the camera's aim point. You don't need to unlock these and you shouldn't try to change them or keyframe them.
1. Terrain Modeling
4. Fluid Clouds
5. 3D Paint Effects
6. Lighting and Rendering
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