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Autodesk Maya 2013 Essentials by Paul Naas

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Chapter 1

Understanding the Maya Interface

Before you start creating in the Autodesk® Maya® program, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the application’s interface and the tools you’ll need to use frequently. The Maya interface can be intimidating and confusing, but you can start by getting to know a few of the windows and tools, and then learn the rest as necessary. This chapter presents what you need to know to get started.

  • Exploring interface elements
  • Moving views and manipulating objects
  • Using windows and menus
  • Setting preferences
  • Getting help

Exploring Interface Elements

Upon first glance, understanding Maya’s interface can seem to be a daunting task (see Figure 1-1).

Fortunately, you don’t need to know what all those buttons ...

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