100+ Maya 3D Tutorials For Beginners, Intermediate And Advanced Users

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When it comes to high-end 3d computer graphics and 3d modeling software package, Autodesk Maya is always one of application to be considered. Maya plays an important role in the 3d visualization and animation industry and they are top choices for many designers on large or small-scale production.

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If you are looking to picking up Maya to design your 3d models, this article is for you. We’ve collected more than 100 useful Maya 3D tutorials, ranging from beginner level to intermediate and advanced users. Full list after jump.

For Beginners

Flying Butterfly Animation – Tutorial for Beginners
This tutorial will teach you to make a simple butterfly and animate it.

flying_butterfly

Animate a Logo Forming from Particles in Maya
In this tutorial Abed Ibrahim will walk you through the process of creating an animated logo using particles in Maya, and then reverse the rendered animation in any video editing software of your choice.

logo_forming_from_particles

Create a coin 3D model
This tutorial will show you how to create very realistic coin using only maya 3d.

3D_coin

Flying Arrows
This tutorial will teach you how to create flying arrows.

flying_arrows

Creating Text In Maya
This tutorial covers how to create text in Maya.

creating_text_in_maya

Make A Screw-Driver
This is a basic modelling tutorial that will teach you how to make a screw-driver and render it.

screw-driver

Basics Of Maya Key Frame Animation
This tutorial will teach you the fundamentals of the way Maya animates.

keyframe_animation

3D Street Lamp Modeling
This tutorial will teach you how to modeling 3d street lamp.

street_lamp

Melting Text
This tutorial will teach you explore some of the tools and options of fluid to create melting text effect like smoke.

Spiral Modeling
Learn how to model a spiral.

spiral_modeling

5 Tricks On Using Cameras In Maya
This tutorial covers 5 cool tricks you can do using cameras in Maya.

camera_tricks

Create 3D Heart Model
Learn how to create a heart from poly cube.

model_3d_heart

Create Awesome Cloth Simulations using nDynamics in Maya
In this tutorial you will learn how to use nDynamics’ passive colliders and ncloth objects, in conjunction with fields like air and gravity, to easily simulate realistic dynamic objects such as a windy flag or a water container.

Cloth_Simulations

Boolean Modeling in Maya
This tutorial covers in depth, basic boolean operations, anatomy of a boolean, where to use booleans, and common boolean errors.

boolean

Basic Technique of Creating An Animation
In this tutorial you’ll learn the very basic technique of creating an animation in Maya.

basic_animation

Animated Arrows
This tutorial will teach you how to create animated arrows.

animated_arrows

How Shaders Work In Maya
This tutorial teaches you how materials work, and how to create materials in Maya.

shaders

Grab and Move an Object
In this tutorial I will explain how to grab and move an object.

grab_move_object

Finding Distances In Maya
This tutorial teaches you how to find distances in Maya.

distance_in_maya

Duplicate Special
Duplicate Special lets you duplicate objects, change the transformation attributes of the duplicated object(s), and duplicate mulitple objects at a time.

duplicate_special

Creating Natural Light
This tutorial will teach you how to make a light rig that will generate a nice, clean, soft overall light that’s tinted green.

creating_natural_light

Creating Lightning In Maya
This tutorial covers how to create lightning effects in Maya.

creating_lighting

Create Simple Wave
Create simple wave using Sine Deformer for flag wave if you not using soft body or for fish tail.

simple_wave

How to Rendering Shadow Only
This tutorial will teach you how to rendering shadow only. This is simple and fast.

render_Shadow_only

Importing Audio Into Maya
This tutorial covers how to import audio into Maya.

import_audio

Making Blendshapes
This is the first part of a multi-part tutorial on blend shapes.

blendshapes

Modelling Hammer
In this tutorial we will be modeling a hammer with help of poly and subdiv.

modeling_hammer

Model and Texture a Photo-realistic USB Cable with Maya and Mental Ray
In this tutorial you will go through the process of modeling and rendering a Photo-realistic USB cable in Autodesk Maya.

photorealistic_usb_cable

Modeling a Face
This tutorial will teach you how to model a basic face that can be used for cartoon or realistic.

Modeling A Knife
This tutorial will teach you how to model a knife quickly, using Maya.

modelling_a_knife

Modeling Saw
n this Maya tutorial we will learn how to modeling saw.

modelling_saw

Parent/Child in Maya
Learn how parent and child function works in Maya.

parent_Child

Pivot Points
This tutorial covers how to edit pivot points in Maya.

pivot_point

Creating Gears
This tutorial will teach you how to create gears.

creating_gears

Getting started with Mental Ray’s Final Gather
This tutorial was designed to teach anyone who is interested in rendering with Mental Ray’s Final Gather.

metal_ray

Two Tips For Move And Rotate Tools
This covers some tool settings that I found useful to help the modeling process.

tips_rotate_move

Understanding Lights in Maya
This tutorial will explore Maya’s default light options for every and each light in the list

understanding_lights

Using Revolve
This tutorial will teach you how to use revolve tool in Maya.

using_revolve

Using The Extrude Tool
This tutorial will cover in depth the extrude tool and all of its functions.

using_extrude

Modelling LCD Monitor
This tutorial will use allot extrude, scale, move, and split polygon object to create a LCD Monitor.

lcd_monitor

Building a Polygon Arch
This tutorial will show the method I used for making my arches in a building.

polygon_arch

Wireframe Rendering
In this Maya tutorial we will learn how to create wire-frame rendering.

wireframe_rendering

How to Create a Wine Glass
Create a wineglass using the curve tool.

create_wine_glass

For Intermediate Users

Modeling a Coca-Cola Bottle
This tutorial is intended to show you how to make a Coca-Cola bottle using Maya.

modeling_coke_bottle

How do Create A Flash Photography Effect
This tutorial will teach you how to create a flash photography effect in Maya.

flash_photography_effect

Modeling A Head Using Nurbs
Modeling a head using Nurbs-Polygon technique by Sasan Rafiee.

modeling_a_head_using_nurbs

3D Modeling Keroro Gunso
In this Maya tutorial we will learn how to modeling Keroro Gunso.

modelling_keroro_gunso

Realistic Ear Modeling
This tutorial is mainly aimed at those users with experience in polygon modeling.

realistic_ear_modeling

Realistic Eye Modeling for 3D Characters
A tutorial on how to model and apply shaders to get realistic eyes, the “windows of your character’s soul”.

realistic_eyes_modelling

Build a Reusable Light Rig in Maya
In this tutorial you will learn how to setup a basic lighting rig in Maya.

lighting_rig

Caustics
Tthis tutorial will teach you how to make a picture of a glass using caustics.

cautics

Modelling in Alias – Ceiling light
Learn how to create ceiling light in Maya.

ceiling_light

Modeling Kempston Pro Joystick
In this tutorial you will learn how to model kempston pro joystick using polygons and NURBS.

modelling_pro_joystick

Animate a Dancing Ice Cream Bar in Cinema 4D and After Effects
In this 125 step monstrosity of a tutorial you will learn everything you need to know to make a dancing ice cream bar animation in Cinema 4D, and then composite it in After Effects.

dancing_ice_creme_bar

Adding A Vase on Your Table
Table is a multiple functioned object, but without a nice flower vase looks incomplete. Follow the tutorial and see how it’s made in Maya.

vase_on_table

Create Fire in Maya
In this tutorial we will learn how to create fire effect from scratch using Maya particle system which will help you achieving your desired look.

create_fire

Create a New York Subway Entrance in Maya
Learn how to model the low-poly mesh from reference, and then move on to creating the high-poly source for the purpose of baking normal maps.

new_york_subway_entrance

Tutorial on How to Make Car Rims
This tutorial will guide you on how to create a realistic looking chrome car rims.

make_a_car_rims

Creating A Holiday Ball
This tutorial will teach you how to create a holiday ball from polygonal primitives.

creating_holiday_ball

Creating a Lava Lamp in Maya
This tutorial presents a step by step project for the modeling, shading, lighting and rendering of a realistic lava lamp.

creating_lava_lamp

Create A Photo-realistic Nut

photorealistic_nut

Maya’s Paint Geometry Tool
This tutorial covers the basics of Maya’s Paint Geometry Tool.

maya_paint_geometry_tool

How to Create a Realistic Looking Dirt Layer using Maya Transfer Maps
In this tutorial you will learn a simple technique of adding dust and dirt to your 3d objects, without overdoing it, to finally give them a more lifelike and realistic feel.

realistic_looking_dirt_layer

How to Create an Awesome Fire Effect Using Maya Fluids
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a fire animation inside Maya, and adjust the settings for your own projects.

fire_effect

Modelling A Poly Table Fan
This video tutorial shows step by step various quick modeling techniques including curve extrude, surfaces, poly tube, Smooth, bevel, curve revolve, extrude, and more, to create a polygonal fan table.

poly_table_fan

Creating Dynamic Mud Effect Using Soft Body
This tutorial covers how to make effect that one dynamic sphere make trail on surface while moving over it’s surface, similar like some ball moving over mud.

dynamic_mud_effect

Making Eyelid Rig with Driven Keys and Expressions
Goal for this tutorial is to make few blend shapes for 4 position of eye and drive that blend shapes automatically as eye ball rotating.

eyelid_rig

Model a Spitfire War Plane
This tutorial shows you how to model a spit fire war plane.

model_a_spitfire_war_plane

Modeling A Toy Dragonfly
This tutorial covers how to model, texture, and render a toy dragonfly.

toy_dragonfly

Modeling Hand
This tutorial covers how to model a human hand.

modelling_a_hand

Modeling Human
Learn how to model a human.

modelling_a_human

Modeling Human: Naruto Chibi
This Maya Tutorial will explain about modeling human especially in the form of anime.

modelling_human_naruto

Texturing Resolution Tips

texturing_resolution

Create Cool Looking Cartoon Dog
This tutorial shows you how to create this cool looking cartoon dog – Starting with the image planes and moving onto the modeling which covers nurbs, polygons and sub divs.

cool_looking_dog

Spotlight Fog
Learn how to add fog to a spotlight.

spotlight_fog

Page Turn Animation
This Tutorial would teach you, how to turn a page in Maya, using Maya’s skeleton setup.

page_turn_animation

Gaseous Effects

gaseous_Effects

Ford Focus Tutorial Series
Learn how to model a ford focus WRX.

ford_focus

Model Airplane in Maya
In this video tutorial show how to model an airline airpalne step by step as in Maya.

model_airplane

Video Tutorial Portal Light in Maya
Video tutorial on how to create portal light in Maya.

portal_light

Using Projection Mapping in Maya
This tutorial explains how to use simple tri planar (box) projection and planar projection to shade two walls, one with decal, all done in only one material.

projection_mapping

Making A Battleship in Maya
This tutorial will explain how to make ship in Maya using Nurbs curves, surfaces and poly geometry.

battleship

Creating a Low Poly Dragon
This tutorial will explain how to use Maya polygons to create dragon.

low_poly_dragon

Creating CG nature
This tutorial is going to show you how to make terrain, trees and grass using Maya.

cg_nature

Chain Gun in Maya tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to model a chain gun and control rig for firing and aiming using basic MEL scripts.

chain_gun

Candle Flame
Learn how to build a candle flame in Maya.

candle_flame.

The Egg and The Fog
In this exercise you are going to learn how to crack an egg and have light beams coming out of the cracks.

egg_fog

For Advanced Users

Non Photo Realistic Shading in Maya
This tutorial describes how to achieve a Non photo realistic shading effect in Maya

photorealistic_shading

“Blind Warrior” by Ryan Lim
This tutorial will briefly describe how Ryan Lim created his blind warrior from a painting    

blind_warrior

Modeling a foot in Maya
This tutorial will teach you how to model a realistic looking foot in Maya.

realistic_foot

Low Poly Game Character Hair
This tutorial will go with a more interesting hairstyle.

game_character_hair

How to Create A Simple Crowd

simple_crowd

Making of Skull head Mobster

skullhead_mobster

Sub Scattering of Particles
‘ZBrush , Blender & Maya Training: Sub Scattering of Particles – Video Tutorials’
by Jason Welsh

sub_scattering

Dr Julian’s Texturing Tutorial
By Julian Jeremy Johnson-Mortimer.

dr_julian_texturing

Growing Flowers
This tutorial will show you how to create growing flowers from surface; the flowers will gradually randomly grow up and will retain their original status when they reach to growing limit.

growing_flowers

How to Build – A Next-Gen Game Car
This tutorial is intended to present a method of creating a next gen vehicle asset.

next-gen_game_car

Making of Sohrab
By Farzad Dalvand, Iran.

making_of_sohrab

Making of the Standing Beauty
This tutorial will explain the steps taken to create the standing beauty.

standing_beauty

Modeling Morgane
By Cousigne Adrien

modeling_morgane

Revolution
By Zhang Yang, China.

revolution

Secrets of Swimsuit Babe
Making an attractive woman is always a goal for most CG enthusiasts.

secrets_swimsuit_babe

Create a Cool Looking Molecule Effect
This tutorial will focus on creating a cool molecule type object with Maya and finish the project off in After Effects.

molecule_effect

Create a Realistic Tree in Maya
This tutorial will help you to make a realistic tree.

realistic_tree

Create a Spectacular Crash Animation With Maya Dynamics
In this tutorial we will learn how to use Maya’s powerful animation, dynamics, and camera tools to create an explosive crash effect between two vehicles.

spectacular_crash_animation

Creating an Old Farm
By Daniel VIJOI.

creating_old_farm

Creating Logo Effect from Matrix
Learn how to reproduce some of the logo effect of the film “Matrix” using maya particles and expressions.

logo_effect_Matrix

Domino Effect
This tutorial will discuss on several issues, how to setup the geometry and how to apply passive to active key switch among them.

domino_effect

Facial Animation Rig for Delgo
By Warren Grubb.

facial_animation_rig

Making of Varga In MAYA
This tutorial will summarize the workflow used for one of author’s characters with lots of images and some print-screens.

making_of_varga

Making of “The Tunnel” in Maya
n this tutorial you will learn how to create a fantastic tunnel scene in Maya, and then add some final lighting touches in Photoshop.

making_of_the_tunnel

Making of the Rider
By Christopher Adajar, France.

making_of_rider

Making of the Prince
by Robert Vari, Hungary

making_of_the_prince

Making of the Joker
By Mohammadtaghi Aibaghi Esfehani, Iran.

making_of_the_joker

Making of the Alien Nature
By Pascal Raimbault, New Zealand.

making_of_alien_nature

Making of Portrait of a Troll
By Jonas Persson, Sweden.

making_of_potrait_of_a_troll

Making of Kid
By Rakesh Sandhu.

making_of_a_kid

Making of Gladiator
By Christopher Adajar, Paris.

making_of_gladiator

Making of Cheese Platter
This tutorial will explain how the author did this Cheese Platter the best that I can.

making_of_cheese_platter

Creating A Spaceship Fleet Using Particle Instance
This tutorial is going to show you how to use particle instancer to create fleet of spaceships flying across the planes.

spaceship_fleet

The Making of Mafia Wars 3D
This tutorial is going to explain how author made this “Mafia wars” picture.

making_of_mafia

The Fisheye Camera

fisheye_camera

Surface Emitted Particles on SoftBody Tenticles
The following concept tutorial will be covering Surface Emitted Particles on SoftBody tenticles to create a spiraling array particle system for futuristic gun blasts or whatever.

softbody_tenticles

Street Cop Workflow
By Mashru Mishu

street_cop_workflow

Making of Tiger Zoo
By Massimo Right.

making_of_tiger_zoo

Lava Shader Effects in Maya
This tutorial will explain how to make a shader for lava effects using Maya’s material editor, called Hypershade.

lava_shader_effects

Destroying a Wall Using Rigid Bodies and Particles in Maya
This tutorial will explain how to use rigid bodies, forces and particles to create shatter effect in Maya.

destroying_a_wall

Organic Modeling and Animation

organic_modeling_animation

Creating A Flame Thrower
This tutorial will show you how can you create Flame Thrower

flame_thrower

Creating High Res Polygonal Models
This tutorial will concentrate on how to use smoothed polygonal geometry to create high res models.

How to Create A Model of Nissan 350-Z
This is a step-by-step tutorial that explain how to create 350Z’s body using polygonal modeling in Maya environment.

create_model_nissan_350-z

UV mapping Techniques and Workflow
This tutorial is designed to show most of the UV mapping techniques and tricks that I use day in and day out.

uv_mapping

Making of ‘Snapshot of a Zombie’
By Jelle Van de Weghe.

making_of_snapshot_zombie

Author:

Kay is a tech-savvy and regular writer at Hongkiat.com. He also maintains K-Director, a technology blog. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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