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Maya 6 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide by Adrian Dimond, Danny Riddell

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Chapter 8. Polygons

Polygons provide a fun, easy way to model a surface. A polygon is a surface made up of smaller, flat surfaces with three or more sides. These smaller surfaces are called faces. Working with polygons has more of a rigid construction feel, and working with NURBS has a more pliable, sculptural feel.

Games make extensive use of polygons because the complexity of a game must be limited if it is to offer fast interaction with real-time rendering. If your character has a low poly (short for polygon) count—that is, a low number of faces—it will render and interact quickly. A character in a game is usually limited to a certain number of polygons so that the game can run in real time (Figure 8.1).

Figure 8.1. This polygon model was designed ...

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