UV Fundamentals 2017

Maya UVs

In This Class You’ll Access…
Learn the Foundations of UVs in Maya 2017 in this class. We’ll cover the major tools and focus on the easiest seams and unwrap workflow that’s most commonly used today and look into many other UV functions.

 

You’ll learn the basics of UVs and how different UV layouts affect how textures are wrapped over objects. We’ll briefly explain other alternatives too such as PTex and Poly Paint and explain why UVs are still the predominant choice for 3d production.

This class focuses on the easiest and most popular workflows for UV Unwrapping with Maya’s unfold tool. You’ll see the tool in action in various situations, and you’ll get to know more advanced workflows such as pinning and unfold painting handy in cases like unwrapping tubes too.

Explore the base projection types, and get a quick tour of the UV editor. We’ll see how we can mirror UVs, pack them and use visual helpers of the UV editor to aid us in the process. And the common UV stretching issues involded in SubD workflows is covered in detail too.

Finally we’ll see how we can unwrap an entire character with a time lapse of the unwrapping of Zanzi.

2016 version of this class is here

Running Time: 1:24 hrs
Software: Maya 2017
Old Maya 2016

Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 1:24 hrs

1. UVs Explained (13 mins)

1.1 – How UVs Work (1:50 mins)
1.2 – How UVs Work (2:56 mins)
1.3 – Zanzi Example (2:24 mins)
1.4 – Unfold Workflow (4:36 mins)
1.5 – PTex and Polypaint (2:04 mins)

2. Projection Types: Planar, Cylindrical, Spherical and Automatic (10 mins)

2.1 – Planar Mapping (5:06 mins)
2.2 – Cylindrical Spherical (2:38 mins)
2.3 – Automatic UVs (2:38 mins)

3. The UV Editor (4:48 mins)

3.1 – The UV Editor (2:04 mins)
3.2 – UV Marking Menus (53 sec)
3.3 – UV Selection (1:51 mins)

4. Unfold The Easy Option (14 mins)

4.1 – Unfolding UVs (2:47 mins)
4.2 – Unfold Options (1:27 mins)
4.3 – Unfold Coat Example (3:58 mins)
4.4 – Unfold Face Example (5:45 mins)
4.5 – 2017 Unfold Updates (34 sec)

5. Paint Unfold UV Tool Workflows (10 mins)

5.1 – Paint Unfold Setup (1:03 mins)
5.2 – Unfold UV Tool (2:26 mins)
5.3 – Pipe Setup (3:25 mins)
5.4 – Pipe/Tube Unwrap (3:25 mins)

6. UV Visual Display Helpers (4:01 mins)

6.1 – Shaded UV Display (1:05 mins)
6.2 – UV Distortion (2:56 mins)

7. Mirroring UVs (2:08 mins)

7.1 – Symmetry Tool Setup (1:13 mins)
7.2 – Symmetry UV Tool (55 sec)

8. Packing UVs (Layout) (6:47 mins)

8.1 – Layout Introduction (51 sec)
8.2 – Layout Main Settings (3:06 mins)
8.3 – More Layout Options (2:50 mins)

9. Common Edge Warp/Stretch Issues (6:51 mins)

9.1 – Edge Warp Issue (2:12 mins)
9.2 – Edge Warp Fix (1:23 mins)
9.3 – Edge Warp Add Poly (2:26 mins)
9.4 – Edge Warp Cube (50 sec)

10. Unwrapping Zanzi (10 mins)

10.1 – Unwrapping Zanzi (10 mins)

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