"From simulating realistic cloth and creating dynamic
effects, to building custom applications and creating an entire cartoon
environment, we have designed fun and creative projects for any artist using
Maya," notes Tanya Golubeva, director of emerging media at Digital-Tutors.
"Students and artists new to dynamics or scripting will gain a wealth of
knowledge, while professionals and experienced artists will find time-saving
techniques to environment creation and simulating cloth."
Creating Cartoon Sets in Maya ($59.99) covers look development, using an asset referencing workflow,
texturing with UVs and projection, and creating stylized models, among other
Introduction to Maya nCloth ($45.99) provides an overview of Nucleus Node, as well as details on
creating realistic cloth simulation, scene scale and settings, time scale,
mass, dynamic forces, friction, dynamic attributes and rigidity.
Introduction to Dynamics in Maya ($45.99) looks at particle systems and understanding
rigid body simulations. It also provides an overview of dynamic fields, such as
gravity, wind, turbulence and drag. The title shows users how to set up
simulations to run efficiently, and also covers particle instancing, rendering
particles with Maya Hardware, software and hardware render buffers, using the
fire effects, creating smoke effects, lighting and fireworks.
And Python Scripting in Maya ($55.99) details the fundamentals of Python programming, as well as
plug-in development, rewriting MEL as Python, understanding variables and
types, timeline based scripting, Python in Maya expressions, creating a Tkinter
GUI, working with Mayapy Shell, and using additional Python editors.