Maya Training

Introduction to Hard Surface Modeling

Maya Training

Interiors and Furniture Vol 1 & 2 - Modeling & Cloth

Maya Training

Shading, Lighting and Rendering the Bedroom in MR

Maya Training

Robot volume one - Modeling with animation in mind

Maya Training

Spach-Alspaugh House the complete courseware

Maya Training

Burt The Cartoon Dinosaur Vol 01 - Modeling

New Maya Training

Robot Volume 02 - Hybrid Rigging
You are here > Home > SimplyMaya Community Forums
Loading

Welcome to Simply Maya

Please Sign in or Sign up for an account

Member Login

Lost your password?

Not a member yet? Sign Up!

Old 07-12-2002, 05:31 PM   #1
Hidalgo
Subscriber
 
Hidalgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Idaho USA!!!
Posts: 492
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default My first post - Hello!

I wonder just what I am getting myself into. I got the opportunity to spend some time with a program called Imagine on the Amiga about....my God...almost 10 years ago!! I never really got past the metal sphere on the checkerboard but I thought those were really cool! Several years later I spent about 4 months with Lightwave at my local college.

Now I would like to see what Maya is all about. I have the PLE but since I have 2 kids and home school them myself, I am just now getting around to diving into this.

What have I done? I have read some of the posts on this forum and the people here seem genuine and eager to lend a hand. I might need one every so often.

Looking forward to some nice communication,

-Hidalgo
Hidalgo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2002, 05:53 PM   #2
undseth
Subscriber
 
undseth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,135
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hi Hidalgo!

If you are completely unfamilliar to the maya interface, just keep those questions coming.

Here's some tips:

1) Holding shift while drawing curves, turns on a temporarily 90 degree snap, for making straight lines/curves.

2) Vertices can be moved with both the move tool AND the scale tool (when two or more vertices are picked).

3) The spacebar contains many "hidden" menues. With the spacebar you can access almost all the menu items (but not all).
In addition to menu access you can also set your view to ortho/persp or go to the hypershade (where you view/make your shaders/materials/textures). You can also change the screen layout with via the spacebar, although this is something I discovered two days ago

4) I use some special menus, which came with the book Maya Fundamentals; example; Holding down Ctrl+X+LMB brings up a menu for creating poly-objects. You can make such menus yourself if needed.

5) Some tools are quite handy when put onto the shelf for easy access and execution. Example;
-Center pivot point
-Duplicate x axis (or y or z)
-Show last hidden
-Show selected
-Show all
-Delete history

Oh, and holding down Ctrl+Shift and picking a menu item creates a button on the shelf. Drag the button to the waste bin if you want to delete it.

But these are just my preferences.
__________________
I do not support Bush! Nor Saddam! Long live UN!

Last edited by undseth : 07-12-2002 at 05:56 PM.
undseth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2002, 06:03 PM   #3
Roman
Supreme Being
 
Roman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Athens, Greece
Posts: 1,123
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Welcome to SM Hildalgo.. :p
Roman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2002, 06:22 PM   #4
Kurt
Registered User
 
Kurt's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Posts: 5,285
Thanks: 0
Thanked 64 Times in 64 Posts
Default

Welcome Hildalgo!!!!!!!!
__________________
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination, knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world. (Albert Einstein)

http://kurtboutilier.cgsociety.org/
Kurt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2002, 07:03 PM   #5
Hidalgo
Subscriber
 
Hidalgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Idaho USA!!!
Posts: 492
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for the replies. And thanks undseth for those tips. I can see there are enough differences between Lightwave and Maya to make me go back to the very beginning...again.

:yipee:
Hidalgo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2002, 07:22 PM   #6
undseth
Subscriber
 
undseth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,135
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

More tips:
1) All objects/things in maya have pivot points, which are both handles for moving AND a point which one say, can rotate/duplicate around. Sometimes the pivot points are set to the center of the grid. To change the pivot point do this;
Press the "insert" button on your keyboard once, this puts your manipulator into "alter pivot mode". Move it around, wildly or by the arrows, or snap it to lines/vertices as desired. Press "insert" again to go to "normal mode"

2) You can snap to gridpoints, vertices and lines/curves in maya.
press and hold "c" for snapping to curve
press and hold "x" for snapping to the grid
Press and hold "v" for snapping to vertice points or locators

You can also ues the curve-snap, to snap onto isoparms, which isn't an actual curve made by you. By pressing 3 on your keyboard you get more isoparms to snap on to. The level of detail on an object in your workspace is set either by pressing 1,2 or 3 on the keyboard (default settings) or press Ctrl+A for opening the attribute editor. You can then set curve "apparent accuracy" "apparent shading accuracy" and more.

3) For making curves off of shapes, select an isoparm and chose "duplicate surface curves" under "edit curves".
__________________
I do not support Bush! Nor Saddam! Long live UN!
undseth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2002, 08:08 PM   #7
Darkware
Subscriber
 
Darkware's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: USA
Posts: 1,172
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default

Welcome Hidalgo! I myself was once a homeschooler, so I know right where you're at! I really hope you're here to stay because we love to answer questions. People here literally pounce at the chance to help. So you had better watch out! lol.
__________________
www.Darkware3D.com
Darkware is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2002, 03:52 AM   #8
Saiyan
Registered User
 
Saiyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 441
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

woah!!...slow down undseth....LOL....his first post and your already goin nuts.....let the man breath

Welcome to simplymaya Hidalgo :banana: :banana:

As Darkware has pointed out we are here to help
Saiyan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2002, 05:30 AM   #9
iron_tick
Subscriber
 
iron_tick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Chicagoland USA
Posts: 719
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Welcome Hidalgo
__________________
<html><font size=2>
<font color="blue">
And after calming me down with some orange slices and some fetal spooning,
E.T. revealed to me his singular purpose.

--TOOL, 10,000 Days---

</font></pre>
</html>
iron_tick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2002, 01:06 PM   #10
mumbojumbo_13
Subscriber
 
mumbojumbo_13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: The Land Down Under
Posts: 1,047
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Default

hey man --
thanks sethy i didnt even some of that stuuf yet
your gonna love this site you learn stuff without even asking anything
__________________
Thanks for wasting your time reading this line.
mumbojumbo_13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2002, 01:59 PM   #11
David
SM Site Programmer
 
David's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Thanked 385 Times in 300 Posts
Default

I used Imagine on my A4000 great programe

Welcome to sinplymaya

David
__________________
Worst Response To A Crisis:
From a readers' Q and A column in TV GUIDE: "If we get involved in a nuclear war, would the electromagnetic pulses from exploding bombs damage my videotapes?"
David is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 06:41 PM   #12
Hidalgo
Subscriber
 
Hidalgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Idaho USA!!!
Posts: 492
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I had an Amiga 2000HD and I think I had about 16 or 32 megs of RAM and a 20 MB HD...

It took forever to render anything on that machine!! Days and days!

I even ran a BBS on it for about 2 years...
Hidalgo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 07:38 PM   #13
Garry1953
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Australia
Posts: 352
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Hidalgo

I still have an Amiga 1200 sitting on my desk.
Dam....... it was a good machine in its day.

P.S. Welcome aboard
Garry1953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 08:03 PM   #14
SuperDave71
Registered User
 
SuperDave71's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 147
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default More Tips

Welcome Hidalgo,


Here are some more tips.


1) Always brush your teeth between meals

2) Never, ever use a blowdryer while in the tub!

3) When a woman asks "Do I look FAT and you love her...SAY 'NO'!!!!

4) Never play leapfrog with a porcupine!!

5) Always wear clean underwaer no matter where you go!!




I hope these help you on your quest


Welcome to the forum and good luck to you



-SuperDave71:banana:
__________________
"Yeah I want my Cheezy Poofs!"
SuperDave71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 11:05 PM   #15
tariqrf
Subscriber
 
tariqrf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,253
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Default

weleome to SM Hidalgo,,, i am sure whatever problem you have with maya(or anything else for that matter), you will get it solved here....

Tariq
__________________
:banana: :mingun: :yipee: :mingun: :bgreen: :mingun: :argue:
tariqrf is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PROJECT_X murambi Work In Progress 19 05-05-2011 01:17 PM
New Feature: Post videos David Members Lounge 8 09-12-2010 07:54 AM
where can i post info about 3D job openings? atadami Members Lounge 3 03-12-2010 10:51 AM

Thread Tools





A little bit about who we are
Links you might find useful
Catch up with SimplyMaya
SimplyMaya specialises in Maya tutorials. We offer over 1,000 individual Maya training videos, ranging from basic Maya tutorials through to intermediate Maya tutorials. Our tutorials are created by instructors with industry experience and are designed to get you up and running in Maya quickly without making it seem like hard work.

Copyright © 1999-2015 SimplyMaya - vBulletin® Copyright © 2000-2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.