Introduction to Maya Modeling Tools

Hello everyone!

In this class, we are going to get ourselves familiar with general modeling tools in Maya.
Our focus here is to learn how to use the software and its tools. Finally, we are going to model a pen and a tablet using the same tools and techniques we introduced throughout this class.

Interface and Navigation

List of most commonly used hotkeys in Maya (default)


Selection Tool Q
Move Tool W
Rotation Tool E
Scale tool R

Rough view 1
Smooth preview 3
Wireframe 4
Shaded Display 5


Cut Tools

NOTE: Around 09:15 min we start to talk about edge flow and maintaining the curve. Typically we would NOT add multiple edges on cylinders to maintain the flow of the cylinder. We would add more divisions to the cylinder instead. This example is only for demonstartion purpose to show how Edge Flow & Edit Edge Flow option works on maintaining the curve of the object.

Snap Tools/EditPivot

List of hotkeys.

Snap to points V
Snap to grids X
Snap to curves C
Move, Rotate, Scale Tool snapping J

Enable Pivot D

Loading Reference Images

Here is the list of hotkeys I used in the videos. Star symbol (*) represents my custom hotkey.

*Move E
*Rotate R
*Scale T
Subdivision On 3
Subdivision Off 1

Bevel CTRL+B
Extrude CTRL + E
*Multi Cut M
*Insert Edge Loop I
*Target Weld W

Group Objects CTRL+G
Repeat Operation G
Edit Pivot D
Isolate Selection CTRL+1 
Hide Selection SHIFT+H

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  1. I am a francophone and I arrived on your site by chance.
    You are so clear that my primitive English hone to understand you. :-o.
    The whole design of your work is magnificent. Simple effective and direct. : -o
    In addition to that, you have a sense of extraordinary presentation.
    I hesitate to train with another trainer but after following your Wacom tablet, I am convinced.
    This weekend and I invest in your training on maya because before, I have to move. I can’t wait for OMG * _ *

    google translate :p

    Je suis un francophone et je suis arrivé sur ton site par hasard.
    Tu es si clair que mon anglais primitif siffis à te comprendre. :-o,
    Tout le design de ton oeuvre est magnifique. Simple efficace et direct. : -o
    En plus de cela, tu as un sens de la présentation extraordinaire.
    J’hésitez à utiliser un autre formateur mais après avoir suivi votre tablette Wacom, je suis convaincu.
    Ce week-end et j’investis dans ta formation sur maya car avant, il faut que je déménage.
    Mon dieux, j’ai hâte * _ *

    • Hello Antonio,
      thank you so much for your kind words! It is always nice to hear that the work invested in training helped someone!
      To answer the question, yes rendering with Arnold will also be covered very soon.


  2. Great tutorials! When I finish these I will definitely be buying your Maya courses. I was also wondering how to install the custom UI for Maya 2019. In Documents I don’t have a 2019 folder. Just a projects folder. Looked for info online and only saw videos for customizing your own UI.

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