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Introducing Autodesk® Maya® 2012 by Dariush Derakhshani

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CHAPTER 3

The Maya 2012 Interface

This chapter takes you on a guided tour of all the elements visible on the Maya 2012 screen as you build a simple model of a decorative box. The chapter draws from the experience you had in Chapter 2, “Jumping in Headfirst, with Both Feet,” with the Solar System exercise. You'll visit the menus, icons, and shelves to become familiar with the interface basics as you build a model. For now, while you're first getting into this, knowing the name of everything and its purpose is a good idea. Don't get nervous; you won't need to retain a lot of information. Think of this more as a nickel tour.

This chapter also serves as a good reference when you're wondering about the purpose of a particular icon.

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