To ensure the lesson
works as described, do these steps before beginning:
File > New Scene.
- Make sure Construction History (below
the menu bar) is on: . (If
it is turned off, the icon has a large X across it).
- Select the Polygons menu
Unless otherwise noted,
the directions in this chapter for making menu selections assume
you’ve already selected the Polygons menu
- Make sure Display > UI Elements
> Help Line is turned on.
You will use the Help
Line while modeling.
- 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.
- As you work through these lessons, remember
to save your work frequently and increment the name of the file
every so often (filename1, filename2, and so on).
In this way you’ll have
earlier versions of your work to return to should the need arise.
- 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.