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Monsters, Inc., The Matrix, Spider-Man, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Avatar, Finding Nemo and the very popular Game of Thrones have been made using Maya or Autodesk Maya. It is a 3D computer graphics software that runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, originally developed by Alias Systems Corporation. Some of the most creative minds in the industry came together to develop Maya. Each new release of Maya is empowering individual artists and studios around the world to create masterpieces and wow the audiences with their creativity. Maya’s main scripting language MEL is highly customizable, and that is one motivation why Maya can be found a lot in the film industry as studios like to be able to generate their own set of tools that can help them attain their job much easier. Maya has really been know as the go-to app for 3D animators among the industry for its robust rigging and animation tools and its animator friendly workflow

Maya is one of the most popular 3D software packages on the market. And the internet is full of endless resources and tutorials for people wanting to learn how to use it.

Simply Maya specializes in Maya tutorials, offering over 1000 individual training videos, which range from the basics through to intermediate training. Each lesson has been created by instructors with industry experience and are designed to get you up and running in the software quickly.

Creative Crash has some great eye popping free tutorials. Literally abundant with creative content, it has a section dedicated to Maya training. And very interestingly the user can filter their search by language, user skill level, choose from video or text training and whichever operating system you’re using.

Cg tuts+ is a learning source for all that is related to computer graphics, including Maya. There’s something here for users of all skills with tutorials covering everything from designing and creating cartoon characters, using rigs, expressions and constraints as well as dealing with the difficult issue of hair.