Modeling Tools

Maya Modeling: Fundamentals Technical

In This Class You’ll Access…
This page shows you through the bulk of Maya’s polygon toolset. Use these foundations to create complex models. You’ll discover how to use each of polygon tool with lots of extra hidden tips.


The basics like Cut, Merge and Delete are covered here along with Extrude, Bevel, Extract and Combine. You’ll learn how to mirror objects and model symmetrically with efficiency.

Then it’s onto deleting history and bridging and filling holes. In the last section, you’ll see some of the foundations of SubD surfaces for creating smooth objects. These are the core tools.

You’ll also have the choice of using the specialized C3dC hotkeys that turn modeling into a fun and creative endeavor. Many insights and shortcuts on this page are missed in most vanilla Maya tutorials.

Learn how to model quickly like a pro without the hassle, and get started with this foundational class on polygon modeling here on this page.

Running Time: 59 mins
Software: Maya 2016
Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 59 mins

1. Cut, Merge and Delete (5:55 mins)

1.1 – Cutting And Deleting (2:25 mins)
1.2 – Merging/Welding (3:30 mins)

2. Extrude And Bevel (8:53 mins)

2.1 – Extrude (3:02 mins)
2.2 – Extrude Advanced (4:02 mins)
2.3 – Bevel (1:49 mins)

3. Extracting and Combining Objects (2:43 mins)

3.1 – Extract And Combine (2:43 mins)

4. Mirroring Objects In Maya (10 mins)

4.1 – Symmetry Modes (5:08 mins)
4.2 – Mirroring (5:40 mins)

5. Deleting History (4:50 mins)

5.1 – Deleting History (4:50 mins)

6. Bridging And Appending, Filling holes (9:51 mins)

6.1 – Bridging Tools (6:25 mins)
6.2 – Bridging Example (3:26 mins)

7. SubD Surfaces And Poly Smooth (16 mins)

7.1 – SubD Surfaces (6:01 mins)
7.2 – SubD Quads Artifacts (6:28 mins)
7.3 – Poly Smooth (3:51 mins)
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  1. ojkoorde
    September 22, 2017 at 1:08 am ·

    As for video 4.1 – in Maya 2017sp4 extrude and inserting loop works fine with symmetry.

    • Andrew Silke
      September 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm ·

      Yes, these videos are from 2016. 2017 and 2018 have had a lot of improvements re symmetry which has been great.

  2. ojkoorde
    September 22, 2017 at 2:24 am ·

    Why do some videos start or end in the middle of sentence (6.1 for example)?

    • Andrew Silke
      September 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm ·

      The videos are generally broken into key points so they can be browsed easily after watching. 6.2 the idea starts at that time. Later pages are broken up more than the ones here. This was one of the first pages so the layout has improved generally since this. You’ll see this throughout the site, the breaks don’t come in the most convenient places. It’s designed to be browsed with text so you can skip to the point you want more easily.

  3. Aninoss Pro
    April 23, 2022 at 10:26 am ·

    Nice, Helpful videos thanks for the hard work

    • Andrew Silke
      April 23, 2022 at 10:34 pm ·

      Cheers Aninoss, I’m looking forward to updating these soon with all the Zoo2 and newer Maya updates.

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