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Revolving Curves In Maya - Modeling a Champagne Flute

Learn how to use Maya's "revolve curve" tool by creating a champagne flute. This is a beginner level Maya tutorial.

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Understanding the Differences Between AutoCAD and Other 3D Programs

CAD programs seem like just another type of 3D animation software, but there are some key differences.

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A Surfacing 101 Crash Course in the Basics of Texture Mapping

A texture map is a two-dimensional image file that can be applied to the surface of a 3D model to enhance its look.

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5 Techniques to Speed up Modeling in Maya

Here are five incredibly useful tools that will speed up your modeling workflow in Autodesk Maya.

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What Is a 'Spline' and Why Is It Important?

Discover the various definitions of the word "spline" and how all of the definitions are linked together.

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Why Some People See Blurry Lines Rather Than 3D Images

3D doesn't work for everybody, and we don't mean in the philosophical sense. In some cases, it really, physically, doesn't work.

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How to Use the 'Extrude Tool' in Maya (Lesson 2.2)

Extruding faces and edges in Maya. This slideshow explains how to use the extrude tool in this program to add additional geometry to a mesh.

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A Brief Overview of the Complex Process of Rendering

Rendering refers to the calculations performed by a 3D software package’s render engine to translate the scene from a mathematical approximation to...

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Essential Strategies for Selling Your 3D Models Online

Now that you know which sites you should be selling at, we'll take you through five tips to help get you on the right track in the 3D marketplace.

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How to Remove a 3D-Printed Support Structure

3D printing requires attention to detail. How you print the support can make your final cleanup easier or harder.

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8 Tips to Make Your 3D Renders More Realistic

There are eight techniques that will improve your 3D renders and help you achieve a higher level of photo-realism with your images.

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3D Defined in Computer Graphics and Film

A broad introduction to 3D computer graphics and film. We define the term in a general sense, and then explain how it relates film, games, and...

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Maya Tutorial Series - Basic Render Settings

In this lesson, we'll begin looking at how we can set up some basic settings to help us get a good render out of Maya/Mental Ray.

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Creating an Ambient Occlusion Render in Maya

A brief tutorial on how to create an ambient occlusion material in Maya to spruce up your work in progress renders, including application settings

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9 Animation and VFX Studios at the Top of Their Game

A focused list of animation studios at the top of the animation and visual effects fields, as well as what they do and their notable achievements.

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How to Make a Successful Demo Reel for 3D Artists

When you go looking for a job in the CG industry, your demo reel is like a first impression. These tips will show you how to make a killer demo reel.

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How Are 3D Models Prepared for Animation?

Before a 3D model can be animated, it must be passed to a character technical director (TD) for a process called rigging.

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What Does a CAD Administrator Do

Are you ready to move up the ladder and take on a position as a CAD Manager or Administrator? Here's a list of what to expect.

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Polygonal 3D Modeling Common Box and Edge Workflows

This page provides a concise walk-through of common polygonal modeling workflows for box and edge modeling.

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How to Prep Your Model for 3D Printing

We look at some tricks and techniques that will enable you to print your 3D models as easily and cheaply as possible.

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Just installed Maya—what the heck do I do now?

Follow our three quick steps and you will have a better idea of where you'd like to go with 3D and how to get there.

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Where to Successfully Sell Your 3D Models Online

We work through the numbers and show you which 3D marketplace will be most worth your time and effort.

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Top Places to Sell Your 3D Stock Models Online

These are the nine markets with the highest traffic, the best royalties, and the strongest reputations. Good luck!

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Indispensable ZBrush Resources

Fifteen resources to help you make the most of your sculpting experience--from brushes to materials, to alpha sets, these free downloads.

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How to Use the Modeling Tools in Maya

To make finished 3D pieces, we need to learn how to modify the topology of our model by adding faces & edges where we need more detail or control.

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3D Design

3D video and design is the future. Stay on top of it so you don't get left behind.

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What Are the Best Schools for 3D Computer Animation?

This best schools for 3D animation give their students all the right tools and skills and prepare them for careers in the field.

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Maya Training: Keyboard Shortcut Cheat-sheet

Find an abbreviated list of Maya shortcuts that just shows you the essentials—the stuff you'll need in your first weeks or months with the software.

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