Introduction to Maya

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With over 12 hours of high quality training, you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to get started with Maya! We’re looking at topics like 3D modeling, retopology, xgen, rigging, shading techniques, lighting and using Arnold for rendering.

About your instructor

Your instructor, Henning Sanden, has worked in Maya for a decade. During his film experience, he’s worked with Maya on movies such as Alien Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean, Venom, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Batman V Superman – and many more! The techniques shown in this series are based on his career in film.

Project Based

We believe it’s important to learn both how the tools work and also how to actually practically use them. The spartan helmet project is a 3.5 hour long real time series where you can easily follow along. We cover setting up image planes, making an industry standard 3D model, advanced shading techniques, grooming with Xgen and finally lighting and rendering everything with Arnold.

Contains

  • 73 Video Tutorials
  • PDF with helpful notes
  • All scene files

Software Used

  • Maya 2020

Chapter List:

Learning Maya

01– Intro
02 – Interface Overview
03 – Navigation
04 – Saving
05 – Outliner
06 – Maya is Node Based
07 – Channel Box & Attribute Editor
08 – Customizing Maya
09 – Custom Shelf
10 – Custom Hotkeys
11– Marking Menus
12 – Hotbox
13 – Creating Primitives
14 – Moving, Scaling and Rotation
15 – Component Vs Object Mode
16 – Selection
17 – Hiding Isolation
18 – Understanding History
19 – Modeling Tools
20 – Subdivision
21 – Sculpting
22 – Soft Selection
23 – Curves
24 – Pivots
25 – Snapping
26 – Deformers
27 – Blendshape
28 – Booleans
29 – Duplication
30 – Imageplanes
31 – Retopo Basics
32 – Retopo Head
33 – Uv Mapping Basics
34– Uv Mapping Head
35– Transfer Uvs
36 – Setting The Project
37 – Relative vs Absolute Path
38 – Importing Exporting
39 – Display Layers
40 – Fixing Common Issues
41 – UI Scene Management
42– Xgen
43 – Animation Basics
44 – Animation Cogs
45 – Parenting
46 – Constraints
47 – Joints
48 – Weightpainting
49 – Rendering Basics
50 – Assigning Shaders
51 – Understanding the Shader
52 – Displacement & Bump Mapping
53 – Render View
54 – Hypershade
55 – Essential Nodes
56 – AVOs
57 – Render Settings
58 – Lighting
59 – Hdri
60 – Camera

Spartan Helmet Project

01 – Image Planes
02 – Model Blockin 01
03 – Model Blockin 02
04 – Model Blockin 03
05 -modeling Top Piece
06 – Sculpting
07 – Xgen
08 – Shading Environment
09 – Making The Shaders
10 – Shader Blend Displacement
11 – Hair Shading
12 – Pedastal Modeling
13 – Lighting

Skill Level

Introduction to Maya is the perfect series for beginners and advanced artists alike! If you’re interested in learning Maya, this is the series for you no matter what level you’re at. We cover tools and concepts which beginners will love and more advanced techniques which advanced artists can add to their arsenal.

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Average rating: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazing intro to Maya

    As a beginner 3d artist it was an amazing introduction to the overwhelming Maya package.

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  • This should be the only intro to maya you should consider.

    This is one of the best tutorial series I’ve purchased, you can’t go wrong with this series if you want to learn maya properly. Henning is a great instructor and very understandable.

    Totally worth it.

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  • Introduction on Expert-Level

    Guys, please buy this course.

    Henning really knows his stuff and gives you a brief overview of the program, before diving in on techniques that I have never learned before on a beginner course. He teaches you how to optimize your workflow from the beginning on, so that you can get on production-level extra fast.

    I love this course and you simply get to feel how it is to learn from master of his craft. Keep it up and I hope to get anywhere near your level in the future!

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  • How to fell in love with Maya

    Amazing series to get started with Maya and love it at first sight (although not Hypershade. Even Henning can’t make it good :D). Only useful and structurish informations without too much chatting around.

    The only thing I’ve missing is some kind of question section. When I moved to my first own project, I’d facing issues and with couple of them I really don’t know how to deal (like, idk even what do I need to google). Well, but maybe it’s too far away from “Introduction” field ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Amazing Tutorial; Useful Even For Non-Beginners

    I’ve been using Maya for a couple years, half self-taught and half via YouTube tutorials. I had a feeling that there were gaps in my knowledge, that I had some inefficient workflows and was missing some crucial shortcuts. Even though I didn’t learn how to do anything *new* from these videos, I now know how to do everything *faster and better*. What more could you ask for?

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  • Lifelong max user who is now switching to maya for all personal projects.

    This intro series is spectacular, Henning is a master at making sure you always know what you’re doing and why, and exactly what the student actually needs to know to be able to progress with the software. You only learn what you need to and what is important but easily missed is pointed out to you in advance. By the end I really do feel I have a firm grasp on the software and can start using it in projects to learn the rest.
    Dont get me wrong, this is an intro series, you wont be coming away landing a job at a VFX studio, but you will be well past the first awkward fumblings trying to find a foothold in the software and able to move on to your focus, and for that the series is worth the cost and so much more.
    If you have any interest in maya, buy this software and put in the time to really get through it. I set aside 5 5-hour blocks over five weekends and was able to digest it easily, and feel like I could’ve powered through it faster if I wanted.

    As a bonus you also get a free copy of the best UV grid ever made. If that sweetens the pot any.

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  • Very Good!

    I have a background using maya, but I stopped for some years.., so i bought this course to get back at it and I believe this is the best introduction course I’ve ever done, because of the way the instructor explain, everything is explained with peace and in a production way so nothing here seems to be a robotic kind of explanation . There is not Speedvideos… here in everything you can go along with the instructor. The instructor do a very good job and feels very casual like a friend teaching you. I totally recommend this course to beginners+ or like me that i needed a refresh of the software. Thanks!

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  • Best series ever...Tons of modelling tricks and shortcuts

    I had issues using Xgen module and Arnold displacement and I’ve tried many times.
    in Xgen I get only few hair even if I increase hair count to 3000 and above.
    and displacement map is not giving me proper details.

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  • A good place to start!

    This is a great place to start for beginners who are interested in learning Maya. Having learned Maya from Lynda some long years ago, I say Flippednormals does a better job at explaining the basics. The videos themselves are short and concise, they cut right to the chase so you are not wasting time and they bring up some common problems that Maya comes with which I think is the main reason why people think Maya is broken or doesn’t work for them. They also show some neat keyboard shortcuts that I didn’t know about, which is incredibly helpful (feeling embarrassed not knowing this after using Maya for 5 years…). Overall, they cover every basic concept you need to know within Maya.

    That said, comparing to Lynda, I find this to be far better. And remember, the best way to learn is to put it to practice, and start creating! The money you spend here is well worth the knowledge you’ll gain, and I think that might go for any other Flippednormals tutorials (I bought several), so good job guys!

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  • Awesome to expend your basic Maya knowledge

    Thank you Henning for this awesome tutorial.
    Love all the “small” seperate chapters!

    This tutorial motivates me to go on with 3D ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Great value

    For the first time I decided to try a paid tutorial series and it was definitely worth it.

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  • Maya Beast Tamer!

    Maya is a beast of a program, but Henning does a fantastic job in breaking the program down into smaller pieces and making it easy to learn, even for a complete beginner. He is thorough, in-depth, fun, professional, and sticks to making sure you learn what’s important and why so you can be confident within the program and be ready for industry work. A lot of love, work, and pride went into making this and it shows in every chapter. Highly recommended, highly praised, and a must have for beginners and those wanting to take their skills to the next level.

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  • Great series

    Very nice tutorial easy to learn, very helpful for those who want to learn Maya from scratch.This tutorial is going slowly. It’s a lot to take in and most of the “beginner” tutorials still go super fast.

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  • Perfect!

    The first purchase on this marketplace for me, been waiting for this tutorial for a long long time. Very detailed and nicely paced learning experience. I will definitely buy the Intro to Substance painter and Intro to Zbrush.

    Just a question for FlippedNormal, Is there any workflow lesson work gaming industry?

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  • Tons of detail

    Love this series, it has tons of information about Maya, it’s has quite a slow paste, quite simple explanation. I would really wish that he would show what keys he was pressing.

    -1 star because when I am following this tutorial, I was doing everything he was telling me to. but, I made a mistake and I didn’t realise it. When I did, I had no idea how to fix it, had to go over the “learning Maya” and dig the answers there. I wish he would say like “if you can’t get sculpting to work, and you are seeing a message, refer to [X] video to fix it” or something like that. So that I knew how to know if I did or didn’t do something wrong. Hopefully, that made sense.

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    • Thanks for the review!

      What issue did you have with the sculpting? Feel free to email me at [email protected] and I’ll be more than happy to check out your issues and give you a hand ๐Ÿ™‚

      Henning

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  • Amazing series!

    This is the series you need to watch of you want to know EXACTLY how to get going in Maya. The videos are thorough, professional, and makes the learning really fun.

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  • New chapter for me.

    Im really new to Maya and after I've been watching and studying this tutorial, I'm starting to get a better understanding of how everything works. If you need to Learn Maya and want to get wonderful renders, I really recommend this introduction tutorial. Wonderful work on this tutorial, it's very easy to understand.

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