Preparing for the lessons

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

  1. Select File > New Scene to create a new scene before starting each lesson.
  2. Make sure the Construction History icon (below the menu bar) is on: . (If it is turned off, it has a large X across it.)
  3. 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.
  4. Select the Surfaces menu set. Unless otherwise noted, the directions in this chapter for making menu selections assume you’ve already selected the Surfaces menu set.
    NoteBefore you perform the lessons in this book, ensure that the Interactive Creation option for primitives is turned off by selecting Create > NURBS Primitives > Interactive Creation. That is, ensure a check mark does not appear beside the menu item.
  5. Make sure that Soft Selection is turned off by opening the Tool Settings Editor with the Select Tool active and unchecking the box marked Soft Select.