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.
If you are looking to picking up Maya to design your 3d models, this article is for you. Weâ€™ve collected more than 100 useful Maya 3D tutorials, ranging from beginner level to intermediate and advanced users. Full list after jump.
Flying Butterfly Animation – Tutorial for BeginnersThis tutorial will teach you to make a simple butterfly and animate it.
Animate a Logo Forming from Particles in MayaIn 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.
Create a coin 3D modelThis tutorial will show you how to create very realistic coin using only maya 3d.
Flying Arrows This tutorial will teach you how to create flying arrows.
Creating Text In MayaThis tutorial covers how to create text in Maya.
Make A Screw-DriverThis is a basic modelling tutorial that will teach you how to make a screw-driver and render it.
Basics Of Maya Key Frame Animation This tutorial will teach you the fundamentals of the way Maya animates.
3D Street Lamp ModelingThis tutorial will teach you how to modeling 3d street lamp.
Melting TextThis tutorial will teach you explore some of the tools and options of fluid to create melting text effect like smoke.
Spiral ModelingLearn how to model a spiral.
5 Tricks On Using Cameras In Maya This tutorial covers 5 cool tricks you can do using cameras in Maya.
Create 3D Heart ModelLearn how to create a heart from poly cube.
Create Awesome Cloth Simulations using nDynamics in MayaIn 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.
Boolean Modeling in MayaThis tutorial covers in depth, basic boolean operations, anatomy of a boolean, where to use booleans, and common boolean errors.
Basic Technique of Creating An AnimationIn this tutorial you’ll learn the very basic technique of creating an animation in Maya.
Animated Arrows This tutorial will teach you how to create animated arrows.
How Shaders Work In Maya This tutorial teaches you how materials work, and how to create materials in Maya.
Grab and Move an ObjectIn this tutorial I will explain how to grab and move an object.
Finding Distances In Maya This tutorial teaches you how to find distances in Maya.
Duplicate SpecialDuplicate Special lets you duplicate objects, change the transformation attributes of the duplicated object(s), and duplicate mulitple objects at a time.
Creating Natural LightThis tutorial will teach you how to make a light rig that will generate a nice, clean, soft overall light that’s tinted green.
Creating Lightning In Maya This tutorial covers how to create lightning effects in Maya.
Create Simple WaveCreate simple wave using Sine Deformer for flag wave if you not using soft body or for fish tail.
How to Rendering Shadow OnlyThis tutorial will teach you how to rendering shadow only. This is simple and fast.
Importing Audio Into MayaThis tutorial covers how to import audio into Maya.
Making BlendshapesThis is the first part of a multi-part tutorial on blend shapes.
Modelling Hammer In this tutorial we will be modeling a hammer with help of poly and subdiv.
Model and Texture a Photo-realistic USB Cable with Maya and Mental RayIn this tutorial you will go through the process of modeling and rendering a Photo-realistic USB cable in Autodesk Maya.
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.
Modeling Sawn this Maya tutorial we will learn how to modeling saw.
Parent/Child in MayaLearn how parent and child function works in Maya.
Pivot Points This tutorial covers how to edit pivot points in Maya.
Creating GearsThis tutorial will teach you how to create gears.
Getting started with Mental Ray’s Final GatherThis tutorial was designed to teach anyone who is interested in rendering with Mental Ray’s Final Gather.
Two Tips For Move And Rotate Tools This covers some tool settings that I found useful to help the modeling process.
Understanding Lights in MayaThis tutorial will explore Maya’s default light options for every and each light in the list
Using RevolveThis tutorial will teach you how to use revolve tool in Maya.
Using The Extrude Tool This tutorial will cover in depth the extrude tool and all of its functions.
Modelling LCD MonitorThis tutorial will use allot extrude, scale, move, and split polygon object to create a LCD Monitor.
Building a Polygon ArchThis tutorial will show the method I used for making my arches in a building.
Wireframe RenderingIn this Maya tutorial we will learn how to create wire-frame rendering.
How to Create a Wine GlassCreate a wineglass using the curve tool.
For Intermediate Users
Modeling a Coca-Cola BottleThis tutorial is intended to show you how to make a Coca-Cola bottle using Maya.
How do Create A Flash Photography EffectThis tutorial will teach you how to create a flash photography effect in Maya.
Modeling A Head Using NurbsModeling a head using Nurbs-Polygon technique by Sasan Rafiee.
3D Modeling Keroro Gunso In this Maya tutorial we will learn how to modeling Keroro Gunso.
Realistic Ear ModelingThis tutorial is mainly aimed at those users with experience in polygon modeling.
Realistic Eye Modeling for 3D CharactersA tutorial on how to model and apply shaders to get realistic eyes, the “windows of your character’s soul”.
Build a Reusable Light Rig in MayaIn this tutorial you will learn how to setup a basic lighting rig in Maya.
Caustics Tthis tutorial will teach you how to make a picture of a glass using caustics.
Modelling in Alias – Ceiling lightLearn how to create ceiling light in Maya.
Modeling Kempston Pro Joystick In this tutorial you will learn how to model kempston pro joystick using polygons and NURBS.
Animate a Dancing Ice Cream Bar in Cinema 4D and After EffectsIn 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.
Adding A Vase on Your TableTable is a multiple functioned object, but without a nice flower vase looks incomplete. Follow the tutorial and see how itâ€™s made in Maya.
Create Fire in MayaIn 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 a New York Subway Entrance in MayaLearn 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.
Tutorial on How to Make Car Rims This tutorial will guide you on how to create a realistic looking chrome car rims.
Creating A Holiday Ball This tutorial will teach you how to create a holiday ball from polygonal primitives.
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.
Maya’s Paint Geometry ToolThis tutorial covers the basics of Maya’s Paint Geometry Tool.
How to Create a Realistic Looking Dirt Layer using Maya Transfer MapsIn 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.
How to Create an Awesome Fire Effect Using Maya FluidsIn this tutorial you will learn how to create a fire animation inside Maya, and adjust the settings for your own projects.
Modelling A Poly Table FanThis 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.
Creating Dynamic Mud Effect Using Soft BodyThis 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.
Making Eyelid Rig with Driven Keys and ExpressionsGoal for this tutorial is to make few blend shapes for 4 position of eye and drive that blend shapes automatically as eye ball rotating.
Model a Spitfire War PlaneThis tutorial shows you how to model a spit fire war plane.
Modeling A Toy DragonflyThis tutorial covers how to model, texture, and render a toy dragonfly.
Modeling HandThis tutorial covers how to model a human hand.
Modeling HumanLearn how to model a human.
Modeling Human: Naruto ChibiThis Maya Tutorial will explain about modeling human especially in the form of anime.
Create Cool Looking Cartoon DogThis 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.
Spotlight FogLearn how to add fog to a spotlight.
Page Turn AnimationThis Tutorial would teach you, how to turn a page in Maya, using Maya’s skeleton setup.
Ford Focus Tutorial SeriesLearn how to model a ford focus WRX.
Model Airplane in MayaIn this video tutorial show how to model an airline airpalne step by step as in Maya.
Video Tutorial Portal Light in MayaVideo tutorial on how to create portal light in Maya.
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.
Making A Battleship in Maya This tutorial will explain how to make ship in Maya using Nurbs curves, surfaces and poly geometry.
Creating a Low Poly Dragon This tutorial will explain how to use Maya polygons to create dragon.
Creating CG nature This tutorial is going to show you how to make terrain, trees and grass using Maya.
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.
Candle FlameLearn how to build a candle flame in Maya.
The Egg and The FogIn this exercise you are going to learn how to crack an egg and have light beams coming out of the cracks.
For Advanced Users
Non Photo Realistic Shading in MayaThis tutorial describes how to achieve a Non photo realistic shading effect in Maya
“Blind Warrior” by Ryan Lim This tutorial will briefly describe how Ryan Lim created his blind warrior from a painting
Modeling a foot in MayaThis tutorial will teach you how to model a realistic looking foot in Maya.
Low Poly Game Character HairThis tutorial will go with a more interesting hairstyle.
Sub Scattering of Particles‘ZBrush , Blender & Maya Training: Sub Scattering of Particles – Video Tutorials’ by Jason Welsh
Dr Julian’s Texturing TutorialBy Julian Jeremy Johnson-Mortimer.
Growing FlowersThis 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.
How to Build – A Next-Gen Game CarThis tutorial is intended to present a method of creating a next gen vehicle asset.
Making of SohrabBy Farzad Dalvand, Iran.
Making of the Standing BeautyThis tutorial will explain the steps taken to create the standing beauty.
Modeling MorganeBy Cousigne Adrien
Revolution By Zhang Yang, China.
Secrets of Swimsuit BabeMaking an attractive woman is always a goal for most CG enthusiasts.
Create a Cool Looking Molecule EffectThis tutorial will focus on creating a cool molecule type object with Maya and finish the project off in After Effects.
Create a Realistic Tree in MayaThis tutorial will help you to make a realistic tree.
Create a Spectacular Crash Animation With Maya DynamicsIn 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.
Creating an Old FarmBy Daniel VIJOI.
Creating Logo Effect from MatrixLearn how to reproduce some of the logo effect of the film “Matrix” using maya particles and expressions.
Domino EffectThis tutorial will discuss on several issues, how to setup the geometry and how to apply passive to active key switch among them.
Facial Animation Rig for DelgoBy Warren Grubb.
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 â€œThe Tunnelâ€ in Mayan 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 RiderBy Christopher Adajar, France.
Making of the Princeby Robert Vari, Hungary
Making of the JokerBy Mohammadtaghi Aibaghi Esfehani, Iran.
Making of the Alien NatureBy Pascal Raimbault, New Zealand.
Making of Portrait of a TrollBy Jonas Persson, Sweden.
Making of KidBy Rakesh Sandhu.
Making of GladiatorBy Christopher Adajar, Paris.
Making of Cheese PlatterThis tutorial will explain how the author did this Cheese Platter the best that I can.
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.
The Making of Mafia Wars 3DThis tutorial is going to explain how author made this “Mafia wars” picture.
Surface Emitted Particles on SoftBody TenticlesThe 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.
Street Cop WorkflowBy Mashru Mishu
Making of Tiger ZooBy Massimo Right.
Lava Shader Effects in MayaThis tutorial will explain how to make a shader for lava effects using Maya’s material editor, called Hypershade.
Destroying a Wall Using Rigid Bodies and Particles in MayaThis tutorial will explain how to use rigid bodies, forces and particles to create shatter effect in Maya.
Creating A Flame Thrower This tutorial will show you how can you create Flame Thrower
Creating High Res Polygonal ModelsThis tutorial will concentrate on how to use smoothed polygonal geometry to create high res models.
How to Create A Model of Nissan 350-ZThis is a step-by-step tutorial that explain how to create 350Z’s body using polygonal modeling in Maya environment.
UV mapping Techniques and WorkflowThis tutorial is designed to show most of the UV mapping techniques and tricks that I use day in and day out.
Making of ‘Snapshot of a Zombie’By Jelle Van de Weghe.