by Caleb Goellner

Using Pressure Sensitivity to Get the Most Out of Maya

Learn how to use the pressure sensitive features of your grip pen, enabling one-touch access to your most important sculpting tools and brushes, and discover which tools in Maya are best equipped to take advantage of it.

In the video below, the folks at Digital Tutors show you how to use the sculpting and paint effects tool in Maya with the pressure sensitive features of your tablet, introducing more control to create a polygon model flush with bamboo trees.

Benefits of using Maya with your pressure-sensitive tablet:

Robust Sculpting Tools – Easily accessed from the stylus pen, the sculpt geometry tool gives you more control over opacity and brush radius at the same time. Using a mouse on a polygon surface creates one level, but with a Wacom tablet with pressure sensitivity, you have greater flexibility and control over the contour.

Detailed Paint Effects – The paint effects tool in Maya really shines when using the pressure sensitive features of the stylus pen. You can take full advantage of pressure maps, controlled on the surface of the tablet. After adjusting your settings, the size of the image will change based on the amount of pressure you use.

Greater Control Options – Using your stylus pen, you can use pressure sensitivity to dictate how many leaves your bamboo tree has, applying light pressure to add a few, heavier pressure to add more. 

Bringing the pressure sensitivity of your Wacom tablet into Maya makes it more intuitive and easy to work in. Anything that works on this toolset can take advantage of the stylus, things like the sculpt geometry tool, the 3D texturing tool and the paint skid weights, really anything that has an art tool brush can take advantage of the pressure sensitivity.



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