How to Make Realistic Rocks in Maya 3D


Maya, one of the best-known and most powerful 3D modeling and animation applications in use as of 2011, has been used in applications such as major motion pictures and video games. When working in Maya, creating a convincing scene requires a well-populated scene filled with items you might expect in the real world. One thing you might need in a Maya scene is a rock. While you could use the tools of Maya to create a rock model, Uvmap it and then texture it, a simpler solution that improves workflow involves using the free MEL script RockGen to make random rocks.

  • Download the free "RockGen" script from the Creative Crash site (see the link in the References section).

  • Place the script in the Maya "Scripts" folder. Start Maya.

  • Click "Windows" to select it from the menu, then then click "General Editor." Click "Script Editor" to select it from the options.

  • Click the "Open" icon in the "Script Editor," and browse to and open the "RockGen" file you loaded.

  • Click the listed "RockGen" file to select it, then click the "Play" button to execute the file. The result is a random rock.

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