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Creating Visual Effects in Maya by Lee Lanier

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Introduction

Although Autodesk Maya is often used for such tasks as modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging, and animation, it has a wide range of visual effects systems and tools. You can create the visual effects for a fully-built Maya scene or prepare the visual effects for exportation and integration with live-action film or video footage. In a broad sense, visual effects refers to digitally-created special effects that recreate natural phenomena that are too complex for standard 3D techniques.

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Creating Visual Effects in Maya: Fire, Water, Debris, and Destruction is aimed at digital artists who have a working knowledge of Autodesk Maya but would like to learn more about the program’s visual effects systems and tools. As such, ...

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