Preparing for the lesson

To ensure the lesson works as described, do these steps before beginning:

  1. Select File > New Scene to create a new scene.
  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 Polygons menu set. Unless otherwise noted, the directions in this chapter for making menu selections assume you’ve already selected the Polygons menu set.
  5. Make sure Display > UI Elements > Help Line is turned on. You will use the Help Line while modeling.
  6. Ensure that the interactive creation option for primitives is turned off by selecting Create > Polygon Primitives > Interactive Creation. The option is off when a check mark does not display beside the item’s name in the menu.
  7. Make sure that Soft Selection is turned off by opening the Attribute Editor with the Select Tool active and unchecking the box marked Soft Select.