Join Aaron F. Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Maya 2016 New Features.
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- Premium subscribers to lynda.com can download the exercise files for courses. Let's take a look at setting up Maya whether you have the exercise files or not. If you don't have the exercise files, you'll need to create a project for the course. Go to the file menu and choose project window. This tells me my current project is the default one in the current users documents Maya projects. I'll create a new project and call it Maya 2016 new features.
When I click accept, the project folder structure is created. And if I now then try to save a scene, for example, I'm taken to Maya projects, Maya 2016 new features, scenes. So you can add new files to this scenes folder as you progress through the course. If you do have the exercise files, then unzip them and place them somewhere on your hard drive. I've just put them on my desktop. And then use the file, set project menu item.
And point to the project. And once again, in my case it's just going to be on my desktop, exercise files. Just select the top level of that folder and click set. And now when I go to file, open, or file, save, I'm taken to current user desktop, exercise files, scenes. And these are all the scene files for the course. In some cases I've provided finished examples here. And in some cases you are going to save files out in the course of an exercise.
And I've made sure that there are no name clashes by adding the words, finished example to any file that either you're supposed to create or that I'm just simply supplying for reference. Okay, that's how we set up our project, either with or without the exercise files for the course.
- Navigating menus and shelves
- Using the new transform tools
- Accelerating meshes and material loading
- Using the Game Exporter
- Adjusting color management settings
- Using Hypershade
- Working with the sculpting tools
- Editing UVs with the brush tools
- Animating with Bifröst and Nucleus