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This professional, Alias-endorsed consultant deals finished, in-depth assurance of the Maya interface. you can find: * a brief begin assessment by means of in-depth insurance of the Maya interface and all the instruments for modeling, texturing, animation, and lighting tricks. * details on of all of Maya's most recent good points in addition to chapters on complicated subject matters. * fabric on Maya limitless themes comparable to textile, fur, and fluids. * A logical association that that follows the common Maya workflow. * Tutorials for modelers and animators from all disciplines.

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11. 14 The Command line and the Help line Command line Help line Maya is based on Maya Embedded Language (MEL), and all its functions and commands invoke an appropriate MEL command. MEL is a user-accessible programming language and is mostly what allows Maya to be as resourceful and flexible as it is. You can write your own commands or scripts in MEL, entering them into either the Command line or a window called the Script Editor. 14) to enter single MEL commands directly from the keyboard in the white text box portion of the bar.

This feature is also useful for selecting objects that you do not readily see in the view panels. The Channel Box/Layer Editor The last part of the Status line deals with the area defined as the Channel Box/Layer Editor. These icons toggle through three available views in the area on the right side of the screen. Clicking the first button displays the Attribute Editor on the right part of the screen, with which you can edit Maya’s object attributes. Clicking the second turns on a window called Tool Options in that column, giving you access to options for the currently active tool.

This is convenient because different scenes and work flows can call for different view modes. Experiment with the layouts by clicking any of the six presets in the Tool Box. The Channel Box The area running vertically on the right side of the screen is usually for the Channel Box with the Layer Editor immediately below it. The Channel Box is a key element in Maya. It lists the commonly animated attributes of a selected object and lets you quickly adjust attributes and add animation and expressions without having to open the Attribute Editor (which is the window that lists all the attributes of an object; more on this later in this chapter).

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