This learning path focuses on teaching you how you can incorporate the 12 principles of animation in Maya. Because of the focused nature of this learning path, a majority of the tutorials in this learning path assume that you are already familiar with both moving around in Maya as well as familiar with basic animation workflows. Throughout this learning path you'll take an in-depth look at each of the 12 principles of animation and learn how they can be efficiently incorporated into character animation in Maya.
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Q: How is the Animation Principles in Maya learning path different than the How to Get Started with Animation in Maya learning path? A. This learning path is not intended to teach you the basics of animation in Maya. Instead, with this learning path you'll focus on taking the core fundamentals of animation that you already learned in the How to Get Started with Animation in Maya learning path and expand on that to learn how you can incorporate the 12 principles of animation into your own animations.
Q. Are there any tutorials that I should watch before starting this learning path? A. We recommend this learning path for artists who are already familiar with moving around in Maya and want to build on their existing knowledge to learn how to animate their own characters directly in Maya. If you've never used Maya before, you can get up to speed with the How to Get Started in Maya and How to Get Started with Animation in Maya learning paths before starting this learning path.
Q: What sort of animations will I be able to create when I've completed this learning path? A. This learning path isn't focused on giving you a single type of animation as an outcome but rather is focused on techniques to be able to enhance the polish and believability of your character animations by incorporating the 12 principles of animation into your animations.
Q. Where do I go after completing this learning path? A. As artists, there are always new tips and techniques that can be learned. After completing this learning path we recommend taking a look at some of the more advanced and focused Maya animation learning paths here at Digital-Tutors.
Q. What if I don't use Maya? Can I follow along in my favorite 3D software? A. While we recommend using Maya to follow along with this learning path, nearly all of the core fundamentals can be ported to another piece of software if you are familiar with that software. If you find it difficult to transfer these techniques to your preferred software, we have a variety of other learning paths for other software. Check out the Learning Paths page to see the learning paths for your favorite software.
Q: What is a learning path? How do I use them? A. Learning paths are a series of courses organized into levels for easier organization. We recommend that you start with the first course in level one and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially.
Q: Do I have to follow along with the tutorial? Can I work on my own project? A. The ultimate goal is to be able to transfer the techniques and tools you've learned in this learning path to your own projects. While everyone learns at a difference pace, we recommend a three-step process before trying to apply the techniques to your own projects. The first step is to watch each tutorial and take notes along the way. Secondly, watch the tutorial and follow along trying to replicate each step in the tutorial. Lastly replicate the project from the tutorial on your own trying not to watch the tutorials as much as possible. This helps to ensure that you not only are able to replicate what was taught in the tutorial but that you understand the techniques and tools that were used so you can then transfer them to your own projects.
Q. What if I have questions while going through this learning path? A. We have set up a community specifically as a place for you to ask technical questions. Our community is frequented by the Digital-Tutors instructors, staff members, moderators and other helpful members that can answer your questions as you learn Maya. You can get to the community by clicking this link.
Q: What if the version of Maya in the tutorial is different than what I have? Can I still follow along? A. Yes! While there are certainly new tools and features that get added with each new version of Maya, a majority of the core techniques taught are the same and can be transferred easily from version to version. Just keep in mind that due to file version differences it may not be possible to open project files that were created in a newer version of Maya if you're using an older version. And of course you can always post questions on our forums if you ever come across something that looks different in your version of Maya than in the tutorial.