lynda.com Announces Release of Maya 8 Essential Training Eight Hours of Hands-On Tutorials on 3D Modeling, Animation, and Rendering

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lynda.com, the company specializing in self-paced career and computer training in digital media and design, today introduced Maya 8 Essential Training.

lynda.com, the company specializing in self-paced career and computer training in digital media and design, today introduced Maya 8 Essential Training.

In this title, renowned animator George Maestri explores the latest features of Maya 8, from the improved interface to the new productivity features for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. The training also includes detailed tutorials on topics as varied as creating and connecting surfaces, texturing and shading, adding light and depth of field, and ghosting and motion trails. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

"Our past Maya training has been very popular, and we're honored once again to have renowned 3D expert George Maestri deliver these tutorials on the latest version. Many of our customers are using Maya for game and film design--two great career directions for digital artists today," says Lynda Weinman, CEO of lynda.com.

GameDev.net gives Maya 8 a score of 4.5 out of 5, citing its important new tools and features, along with significantly increased performance, as the key reasons for its high score. Each of these tools and features is discussed at length in Maya 8 Essential Training, along with how to best exploit these improvements for better workflow efficiency and creativity.

Anyone with an internet connection can access Maya 8 Essential Training by subscribing to lynda.com's Online Training Library™. A separate DVD version of Maya 8 Essential Training is scheduled for release later this month.

Subscriptions to the lynda.com Online Training Library™ start at $25 per month, and provide access to more than 16,500 movie tutorials covering a wide range of technology career tools, software, and techniques. Subscribers can access any of the computer-based training titles at their convenience. Multi-user subscriptions are also available for companies and institutions seeking to provide education and training to groups.

For free online samples of Maya 8 Essential Training and more detailed product information, please visit http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?ID=329.

To arrange to view the full training title, please contact megan@lynda.com.

For more information on lynda.com products, please visit http://www.lynda.com or call 1-888-335-9632.

About lynda.com

Since 1997, lynda.com has provided education and technical training solutions for designers, computer graphics specialists, digital media users, and computer owners. lynda.com products include web-based training, instructional books, CD- and DVD-based video training, self-paced online learning, and events for creative designers, instructors, students, and hobbyists. lynda.com specializes in teaching fundamental design and graphics principles along with the latest computer software, digital media technologies, and techniques.

About George Maestri

George Maestri is an animation director and producer based in Los Angeles. He has written a number of books on 3D character animation, including Digital Character Animation (New Riders), and Maya at a Glance (Sybex Books). His credits include work for such studios as Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Comedy Central.

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