With its cutting-edge tools and high-end plugins, the Autodesk Maya is the go-to package for serious 3D animators. Fire up your copy of Autodesk’s 3D animation software and try out some of these amazing Maya tutorials which include rendering realistic creatures, character rigging, and many more.

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Beginners Guide to Maya

Beginners Guide to Maya

If you sign up and register to Digital Tutors with a demo account, you can watch and learn from a selection of free lessons and courses, including this beginners’ guide to Autodesk Maya. This helpful video tutorial explains the essential workflows, terms and techniques to help you get started with Maya.

Six Free Maya Tutorials from Escape Studios

Six Free Maya Tutorials from Escape Studios - Copy

This is a handy six-pack of useful Maya tutorials that include comprehensive guides to repeating and staging; NURBS modelling, polygon modelling and skinning; plus creating fog and glow effects. You must sign up in order to access this set of tutorials.

 

Rendering Realistic Pre-Historic Animals

Rendering Realistic Pre-Historic Animals

Let’s travel back in time with this cool Maya tutorial, which will teach you how to render your pre-historic animals once the model has been finalized. This is one for the more advanced Maya user, and it will stop your models from looking like plastic.

Creating a Pack of Tigers

Creating a Pack of Tigers

Missimo Righi is here to teach you how to create your own pack of feral Bengal tigers using Maya 8.5 for the modelling, MentalRay for rendering, Photoshop for creating realistic textures, and Shave and HairCut for the fur of the head.

 

Creating a Switchable IK/FK Character Rig

Creating a Switchable IKFK Character Rig

Chad Robert Morgan is an active member of the Maya tutorials team, and he’s here to show you how some clever scripting can help you establish a character rig that transitions smoothly between animation states.

 

Creating Awesome Cloth Simulations Using nDynamics in Maya

Creating Awesome Cloth Simulations Using nDynamics in Maya

Getting realistic effects right can be the big difference between a failed Maya creation and a great one. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create life-like cloth simulations using the powerful nDynamics’ passive colliders and nCloth objects.

 

How to Make an Object Glow in Maya

 

Making objects glow when rendered in Maya isn’t a difficult thing to do, especially when you have this handy tutorial up your sleeves. In every shader, be it a Lambert or a Blinn, you have a Glow Intensity attribute sitting dormant under the Special Effects tab. This tutorial by 3D artist Antony Ward will take you beyond the standard options for an amazing glow effect that you can fully control.

Making Models That Look Like Clay

 

In order to make a model appear like clay, you’ll need to find a good balance of model detail and displacements. Not only that, you also need to have the right materials and lights that support the look. Everything is explained in this tutorial.

Create a Brushed Metal Material in Maya

 

Some Maya tutorials are important for building your core skills. In this tutorial, Firat Enderoglu will show you how to quickly and easily achieve a realistic metallic effect that you can apply to your 3D models.

UV Layout on a Human Head in Maya

UV Layout on a Human Head in Maya

This handy Maya tutorial from the Gnomon Workshop will teach you how to unwrap UVs on a human head using only the tools inside Maya. You’ll discover the proper technique for cutting the mesh, before unfolding and flattening the various pieces and properly sewing the mesh back together while performing fixes to various regions of the UV mesh.