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Digital-Tutors Announces First Training for Maya 7 DVD

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO MAYA: 2ND EDITION and INTRODUCTION TO PAINT EFFECTS training kits.

"This first set of training for Maya 7 provides users with a highly detailed overview and powerful capabilities of Maya," said Hillary Ahrens, operations director. INTRODUCTION TO MAYA: 2ND EDITION provides a unique overview of several critical facets of Maya including modeling, animation, texturing, lighting, and rendering. INTRODUCTION TO PAINT EFFECTS is perfect for artists seeking creative ways to incorporate Paint Effects into their workflow."

INTRODUCTION TO MAYA: 2ND EDITION provides more than nine hours of project-driven training and guides one through the entire process of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering within Maya. Each lesson is developed to increase productivity with time-saving tips and hands-on projects. Popular topics covered in include: a thorough understanding and overview of the Maya interface, working with different surface types, modeling with Polygon Meshes, sculpting NURBS surfaces, assigning materials and textures, parenting objects, using skeletons, effectively working with UVs, applying rendering techniques, adjusting pivot points, utilizing the hypershade, texture projections, mastering history, creating particle simulations, creating an environment and several additional lessons.

INTRODUCTION TO PAINT EFFECTS provides more than four hours of project-driven training and guides users step-by-step through Maya's brushed-based technology, Paint Effects. Popular topics covered include: a thorough understanding and overview of the Paint Effects system, toon rendering with Paint Effects brushes, modifying existing textures using Paint Effects, connecting brush strokes to surfaces, efficiently using Paint Effects animation utilities, optimizing scenes and using the Mesh Brush to create 3D objects, creating a potted plants entirely from Paint Effects, building a trees from scratch, developing light based and control curve based effects with secondary animations and several additional topics.

A leader of interactive video-based training, Digital-Tutors develops award-winning training solutions for emerging digital artists. To learn more, visit

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