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Introducing Autodesk® Maya® 2012 by Dariush Derakhshani

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction to Computer Graphics and 3D

This book will introduce you to the workings of 3D animation (called computer graphics, or CG) with one of the most popular programs on the market, Autodesk Maya. It will introduce you to many of Maya's features and capabilities with the intent of energizing you to study further.

Having said that, let's face a basic fact: The best way to succeed at almost anything is to practice. Prepare to go through the exercises in this book, but also try to think of exercises and projects that can take you further in your learning process. A book, class, or video can take you only so far; the rest is up to you. Imagination and exploration will serve you well.

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