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3D character modeling and environment modeling

Maya® software provides powerful, production-proven tools for 3D character modeling and environment modeling. Build and texture both organic and hard-surface models with an extensive polygon, NURBS, and subdivision surface toolset.

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    3D modeling

  • Streamlined retopology toolset New

    More easily optimize meshes for cleaner deformations and better performance. The Quad Draw tool integrates a Relax and Tweak feature with Soft Selection and an interactive Edge Extend tool. 

  • Polygon modeling New

    Enjoy more reliable polygon modeling. An efficient library enables faster, more consistent Boolean operations on polygon geometry. Produce better bevels with an extended Bevel tool. A more deeply integrated Modeling Toolkit streamlines polygon modeling workflows.

  • OpenSubdiv support New

    This feature is open-sourced by Pixar and incorporates technology from Microsoft Research. Use both parallel CPU and GPU architectures for faster draw performance when deforming. Interactively view displacement maps without the need to render. Closely match subdivision surfaces generated in Pixar's RenderMan renderer.

  • UV toolset New

    A multithreaded unfolding algorithm and new selection workflows enable you to quickly create and edit complex UV meshes and get high-quality results. Easily toggle checkerboard and compression shaders to visualize UV distribution. Maya supports loading, visualizing, and rendering UDIM and UV tagged texture sequences, for a more streamlined workflow with Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software and certain other applications.

  • Polygon and subdivision mesh modeling

    Create and edit polygon meshes with a production-proven, intuitive 3D character modeling and environment modeling toolset. Integrated modeling feature set built on technology from the NEX toolset from dRaster. Tools include Bridge, Poke, Cut, Wedge, Bevel, Extrude, Quad Draw, and Chamfer Vertex. You can preview or render smoothly subdivided meshes while editing a lower-resolution proxy or cage.

  • Surface modeling

    Create mathematically smooth surfaces using relatively few control vertices via NURBS or hierarchical subdivision surfaces. Add complexity to different regions of subdivision surfaces. Attach, detach, align, stitch together, extend, fillet, or rebuild NURBS surfaces with a high degree of control over parameterization and continuity. Convert NURBS and subdivision surfaces to polygon meshes, and vice versa. Use precise spline-based curve and surface construction tools.

  • UVs, normals, and color-per-vertex

    Create and edit UVs, normals, and color-per-vertex (CPV) data with a streamlined creative texturing workflow. Software, interactive, or in-game 3D rendering requires extra data. Multiple UV sets support separate texture coordinates for separate texture channels. Use a single mesh to represent multiple objects with per-instance UV sets. Multiple sets of animatable CPV, prelighting, user-defined normals, and normal map generation are suitable for game design.