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Maya Mini-tut  Create Material by Athey Maya Mini-tut  Create Material by Athey
This is a super beginner to maya tutorial.

After using an app for a while, its easy to forget that something that seems so basic and simple can be incredibly confusing to someone who has never used the app before.

For anyone who is new to 3d, or new to just Maya, the simple act of creating a texture can be frustratingly complicated, and very unintuitive. This explains it.
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Stompy1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Any chance you'd be able to do a bump mapping tutorial? I have no luck with that, despite following what - in my mind at least - seems perfectly logical in my guesswork with the programme!
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Athey Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Umm.... seeing as it's been years since I used bump maps, I doubt I could make a good bump map tutorial.
Normal maps, however, I could try and throw something together. It's actually a fairly decent idea for a tutorial. So I'll look into doing something like that, I think.
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Stompy1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Cool, thanks a lot!
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Carboncast Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much for making this, and for all the help you've given me already! @ w @ <3
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Athey Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :) glad it helped.
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Raevell Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010   Digital Artist
It seems so hard to find just good basic tutorials when it comes to 3D applications. I think it's awesome that you put tutorials like these together! Thank you for creating such awesome and easy to understand instructions. :D I'm native to Maya so to speak, but I find myself sometimes forgetting the simplest of things and for some reason what is simple can sometimes be the hardest to find info on.
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Darkness545454 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
After doing enough researching and writing 3d shaders, I think the "unintuitive"-ness that comes from Maya most likely comes from the fact that there's no standard way to combine shaders together. So I assume that as they added more and more shaders to the application, it just became more and more cluttered with things that felt unconnected. I assume that 3ds max must have had some good long meetings together before they decided the best method to creating their Material Applier window, since I feel it is very intuitive.
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Gracore Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thanks for the tutorial, and yes you are right; "After using an app for a while, its easy to forget that something that seems so basic and simple can be incredibly confusing to someone who has never used the app before."

Ive been in 3DSmax for nearly 3 years, and as of last week started working half in Maya for my new college course... very frustrating, going to take allot of tutorials and patience to re-learn in a new package.

So this should help allot, Thank you! XD
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Athey Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've had to endure the transition from Max to Maya (and back, and back again) because of jobs, so I've figured out a lot of the crosses between the two. Feel free to post a question to me if there's anything specific from max that you're looking for in Maya that you can't find/figure out.
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Gracore Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thanks, And I may just take you up on that :)I love your Gallery btw! Its not often you find anyone giving out so much useful advice for the game industry and efficient modelling, inspirational stuff, im sure I can learn buckets full of tips through your tutorials. So thank-you for making them.
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