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Maya Visual Effects The Innovator's Guide: Autodesk Official Press, 2nd Edition by Eric Keller

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Chapter 4

Creative Blend Shape Techniques

Blend shapes are a type of deformer most commonly used to create facial expressions for characters. I find them to be an indispensable tool for creating a wide variety of nifty effects. They are easy to set up, use, and edit. In this chapter, you’ll learn a few techniques for using blend shapes in uncommon ways to create some cool effects.

Chapter Contents

  • Create an Interactive Blend Shape Rig
  • Combine Blend Shapes and Other Deformers to Create Swimming Plankton
  • Automate Blend Shape Sequences Using MEL

Create an Interactive Blend Shape Rig

The first challenge in this chapter involves creating an abstract ...

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