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Learn Animation Blendshapes in Maya

Combine and blend 3d animations together with ease for game and film using Blendshapes in Maya

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With Blendshape Creation in Maya, instructor Chad Robert Morgan gives us a detailed look on how to use blendshapes, including how to create blendshapes nodes, adding new targets, and how to create targets. We highlight common pitfalls to avoid that can break your blendshapes, and tips for making your blendshape workflow more efficient and easy to edit. We will see how we can combine blendshapes with skinclusters to combine joint animation with blendshapes, as well as how to ensure the correct order of your inputs so they will work correctly.

We also look at an optional method using Mudbox to create blendshapes as sculpt layers and link it with Maya using OneClick. We use the Paint Blendshape Weights tool to paint out the influence of a blendshape and use it to split one target into multiple blendshapes. Learn pro tips like using wrap deformers to create mirror shapes and extra Maya tools found in Bonus Tools from Autodesk to create corrective blendshapes. See the updates from the new tools found in Maya 2016, which will allow us to create blendshapes without target meshes. Lastly, we learn how to export our blendshapes from Maya via FBX and import the blendshapes and the animation into Unreal 4.


Your Instructor


Chad Morgan
Chad Morgan
Chad Robert Morgan started his career at LucasArts where, as a newbie to the industry, was fortunate enough to work with some very talented mentors who taught him how to use Maya. Since then, Chad has been trying to pay it forward by sharing what he has learned, first by giving lectures at Autodesk Master Classes, then publishing an article in 3D World magazine, posting tutorials on YouTube, and finally teaming up with 3dmotive. Working at LucasArts, Chad worked on the games Obi-wan, Starfighter, and Gladius. Chad has also worked for ReelFX on the direct-to-dvd movie G.I. Joe – Valor vs. Venom, and then moved on to Double Helix where he worked for ten years on such titles like Strider, Killer Instinct, Front Mission : Evolved, and Silent Hill : Homecoming. Chad is currently a freelance technical artist, working with clients such as Whitemoon Dreams, as well as developing his own independent game and video titles under his own company, Spectral Ink Productions.

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