Preparing for the lessons

To ensure the lessons work as described, do these steps before beginning:

  1. Create a new scene.
  2. If you have not already done so, copy the GettingStarted folder from its installation location to your projects directory. Then, set the GettingStarted directory as your Maya project. For more information, see Copying and setting the Maya project in the Getting Started with Maya guide.
  3. Select the Dynamics menu set.

    Unless otherwise noted, the directions in this chapter for making menu selections assume you’ve already selected the Dynamics menu set.

  4. Switch to shaded display mode for a hardware render view of the fluid simulations (Shading > Smooth Shade All on the view menu bar).
  5. In the Time and Range slider, set the start frame to 1 and end frame to 200.
  6. Before you perform the lessons in this chapter, ensure that the Interactive Creation option for primitives is turned off by selecting Create > Polygon Primitives > Interactive Creation and Create > NURBS Primitives > Interactive Creation. That is, ensure that a check mark does not appear beside either of these menu items.
  7. Make sure you understand the basic usage of the animation playback controls. See the chapter entitled “Animation” in Getting Started with Maya or refer to the Maya Help.