To ensure the lesson
works as described, do these steps before beginning:
- Review the Polygon Modeling lesson in
this guide. Knowledge of polygonal modeling tools is essential to
becoming proficient in subdivision surface 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.
- Create a new scene.
- Select the Surfaces menu
Window > Settings/Preferences > Preferences.
- In the Preferences window,
select Subdivs from the Categories list
to display the subdivision surface preferences.
- In the Subdivision Surfaces
Component Display settings, set the Component
display to Numbers,
then click Save.
Setting the subdivision
components to display as numbers allows you to see the subdivision
surface level directly on the surface.
Before you perform
the lessons in this book, ensure that the Interactive Creation
for primitives is turned off by selecting
Create > Polygon Primitives > Interactive Creation
That is, ensure a check mark does not appear beside the menu item.
- 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.