Just as the driver of
an automobile is familiar with the dashboard of their vehicle, it
is important for you to become familiar with the Maya “dashboard.”
Maya user interface refers to everything
that the Maya user sees and operates within Maya. The menus, icons,
scene views, windows, and panels comprise the user interface.
Through the Maya user
interface you access the features and operate the tools and editors
that allow you to create, animate, and render your three dimensional
objects, scenes, and effects within Maya.
As you spend time learning
and working with Maya, your knowledge of and familiarity with the
user interface will increase until it becomes second nature.
In this lesson you learn
- Start Maya on your computer.
- Use the Maya interface so that you can
begin to understand where and how to access the critical tools to
get started with Maya.
- Select the menu and icon sets within
- Learn the names of tools related to the
icons in Maya.
- Create a new scene view.
This first lesson contains
additional explanations of the tools and concepts compared to many
of the lessons later in this manual. We suggest you take some time
to review these explanations as they lay the foundation for understanding
where things are in Maya.