**HW0: Warming Up with Maya** Getting Maya =============================================================================== If you already have Maya installed on your computer, head over to the next section entitled "Introduction to Maya". Downloading Maya ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You will need to register with Autodesk in order to gain access to Maya. You will want to register with a valid uci.edu email address. Go to [here](https://www.autodesk.com/education/edu-software/overview?sorting=featured&filters=individual) to unlock educational access to Maya. Click "Get started" and register an account with your uci.edu email address. You will be prompted to enter your educational background and other related information. Sometimes, you might need to upload additional documents to prove your student status. ![Unlock educational access](./images/maya_edu.png height=500) After you successfully unlock the educational access, you can go back to [this page](https://www.autodesk.com/education/edu-software/overview?sorting=featured&filters=individual) and download Maya. There are not big differences between versions of Maya but for consistency, we will use Maya 2019 for the course. Notice that Maya 2022 comes with a cool interactive tutorial that covers most of the topics in [Introduction to Maya](#introductiontomaya). If you prefer that over the wrtitten instructions, you can download Maya 2022 instead. ![Download Maya](./images/maya_download.png height=300) Once you select your version, you will be taken to the download page. The download should start automatically. I suggest catching up on some reading while you wait. Installing Maya ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once your download is complete, simply run the installer and follow the on screen instructions. There are some optional components to install, however, we won't need them in this course. ![Maya 2019](./images/installation_2019.png) After installation, you will be prompted to sign in to your account. Use the one you just register. Configuring Maya ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- **Setup the Mouse** If you are already using a 3-button mouse, please feel free to skip this section. The Maya interface makes heavy use of three-buttons. If possible, we recommend acquiring one. If you are using a computer without a three-button mouse, you will likely need to experiment with settings to emulate this behaviour. For example, on a Mac, open up System Preferences. Select Mouse and Keyboard. Select Mouse in the top menu. Set the right-click button to Secondary. Also change the middle mouse button from "Off" to "Button 3". You may need to change this setting twice for it to stick. ![](./images/mouse.jpg) **Enable Infinite Undo** When learning Maya, you're going to make mistakes (no matter how good you are). Pressing "z" will undo your last move in Maya. By default, Maya only lets you undo a certain number of moves. To enable infinite undo, Select **Windows -> Settings/Preferences -> Preferences**. Select the "Undo" menu from the side bar and change the Queue to Infinite. ![](./images/infinite_undo_1.png) ![](./images/infinite_undo_2.png) **Maya Key Shortcuts** - [Autodesk Website]("https://www.autodesk.com/shortcuts/maya") - [Key Shortcuts(pdf)]("http://animationboss.net/Autodesk_Maya_Key_Shortcuts.pdf") - [Hot Shortcuts(pdf)]("https://www.asc.ohio-state.edu/accad/womenandtech/Resources/MayaCheatSheet.pdf") Introduction to Maya =============================================================================== These exercises are designed to introduce you to the basics of interacting with Maya. While these exercises are not graded, the assignments will assume that you know the material presented here. It will be the most beneficial for you to walk through each exercise with a Maya file open, but merely reading through each exercise will help you a great deal. There are numerous screenshots sprinkled throughout the exercises. In the exercises they are presented in a smaller format, however they can be expanded if you need a better view. Simply right click the image. Some of the assignments will be using a simple Maya file called [**block guy**]("./exercies/block_guy.ma" download) (Right click the link and select "Save Link As..." to save the file instead of opening the file as text in the browser). The exercises here are listed in order, with later exercises assuming you have finished earlier ones. **Complete the 7 general excercises** listed here on the following: 1. [Maya's User Interface (UI)]("./exercies/ex1_ui.md.html") 2. [Camera Controls]("./exercies/ex2_camera.md.html") 3. [Basic Selection]("./exercies/ex3_selection.md.html") 4. [Basic Manipulation]("./exercies/ex4_manipulation.md.html") 5. [Hierarchy]("./exercies/ex5_hierarchy.md.html") 6. [Polygon Selection]("./exercies/ex6_polygon_selection.md.html") 7. [Polygon Editing]("./exercies/ex7_polygon_editing.md.html") These exercises will not be graded, but will be very useful for completing the assigned homeworks, specifically HW1. If you are interested in learning more about Maya's capabilities, Maya provides a fairly extensive Help reference. This can be accessed by hitting **F1** or going to **Help -> Maya Help**. **Credits** This content is a mirror of the excellent [reference](http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/courses/cse458/11au/) pages from Barbara Mones.