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Sybex and Maya Press Help Artists Add Dimensions

Publishes "Creating Striking Graphics with Maya and Photoshop" (August 04, 2004)

Sybex, an independent computer book publisher with over 28 years of experience and commitment, announces the release of Creating Striking Graphics with Maya and Photoshop. Produced by Maya Press, a publishing partnership between Sybex and Alias, this original book provides a dazzling introduction to the vibrant world of 3D and Maya. Graphics wiz Daniel Gray, with help from an elite group of pros, inspires readers to incorporate 3D into their graphics and approach their creations more artistically.

"With the release of Maya 6, it's now easier for professional artists to use Alias' premier 3D software in tandem with Photoshop to create cutting-edge graphics," says Dan Brodnitz, Associate Publisher at Sybex. "We conceived of this book to teach artists how 3D can lend an entirely new look to their illustrations. For those already familiar with Maya, we show them how Maya 6 is even more integrated with Photoshop. Our end goal is to help readers add another dimension to their portfolio and move to the top of their craft."

"You'll see many examples in these pages of graphic artists who are achieving results that would once have been impossible," says photographer and artist Michael Elins. "These examples cross all of the potential media where our images live: television, web, film, print, virtual dioramas, comic strips, product design, photography and illustration. I encourage you to explore these options and not be left behind."

Uniting 2D and 3D Graphics
Inside Creating Striking Graphics with Maya and Photoshop readers first get the essential Photoshop user's introduction to Maya and learn how to make the leap from 2D to 3D. Then, they find out how high-profile artists use Maya and Photoshop together in real-world scenarios. Through a series of interviews that address a variety of 3D applications, they discover how:

* Maya Master Meats Meier depicts Mother Nature with otherworldly success
* Michael Elins combines photography and classical painting with the 3D world
* Damon Riesberg cranks out a daily comic strip by posing and rendering his cast of characters
* guru studios crafts beautiful 3D cartoons with a cool retro feel for TELETOON
* Meteor Studios brings ultra-realistic prehistoric creatures to life for the Discovery Channel's Dinosaur Planet
* IBM painstakingly re-creates ancient artifacts, such as the Sphinx, for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
* Meshwerks digitizes automobiles for use in movies, advertising, and video games and creates the ultra-cool chopped and channeled Honda EleMENTAL Woodie!

The companion CD features a copy of the Maya Personal Learning Edition software plus support files.

About the Author
Daniel Gray is the author of a score of books on graphics and the Internet, with a focus on the forefront of the digital arts. Writing for a worldwide audience, Daniel's works have been translated into ten languages. His earlier books include "The Photoshop Plug-ins Book" and Sybex's "The Art of Cartooning with Flash" (co-author).

About Sybex
Sybex Inc. pioneered the field of computer book publishing when it was founded in 1976. For 28 years, Sybex has remained an autonomous force and sustained a widely recognized reputation for developing quality, original books on significant technologies. Recognized as the industry leader on various subjects, Sybex has recently won a number of awards for their first-rate graphics titles. Sybex has principal offices in Alameda, California, and London, United Kingdom, and maintains an international market with its books being distributed and translated around the world.

About Alias
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, education and visualization markets. In 2003, the company was awarded an OscarÒ for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its development of Maya software, the professional 3D animation and effects package. Alias also offers a powerful range of services for new to advanced users in the most demanding environments. Learning Tools and Training, Support, and Professional Services help meet rigorous production deadlines. Entertainment customers include: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., CNN, Core Design Limited, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd.

Alias is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI® with headquarters in Toronto and Custom Development Center in Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America; 770 393 1881.

Sybex book details can be found at for "Creating Striking Graphics with Maya and Photoshop," ISBN: 0-7821-4274-5, by Daniel Gray, US $39.99.

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