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  • Writer's pictureAlexandre Alin

Modeling tips in Maya 01 - Creating Custom UV Seams for Shell Selection in Maya

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

UV mapping is a crucial step in the process of texturing 3D models. It involves creating a 2D representation of the 3D model's surface, which is used to apply textures and materials. However, UVs can also be used for other purposes, such as creating custom shell selection areas to facilitate the modeling and deformation process.


In this blog post, we'll explore a modeling technique in Maya that involves creating custom UV seams not for texturing, but to create shell selection areas. So here's my first modeling tips in Maya


Step 1: Create a Planar UV


The first step is to create a planar UV for your model. This can be done by selecting the model and choosing "Planar Mapping" from the UV Mapping menu in Maya. Make sure to select "Create New UV Set" so that the planar UV is created as a separate UV set from the default UV set.


Step 2: Cut Areas for Shell Selection


Once you have a planar UV for your model, you can start cutting areas to create shell selection areas. To do this, select the UVs you want to cut and choose "Cut UV Edges" from the UV Editing menu in Maya. This will create a cut in the UV map, which will correspond to a selection area in the 3D model.


You can create as many shell selection areas as you need by cutting different parts of the planar UV. This can be especially useful for complex models that require precise selection areas for modeling and deformation.


Step 3: Use Shell Selection Areas for Modeling and Deformation


Now that you've created your custom shell selection areas , you can use them for modeling and deformation.


To select a shell selection area, simply right-click over your model and select UV, UV shell. You can then manipulate these faces as needed, without affecting other parts of the model.


This can be especially useful for complex models with many shells, where it can be difficult to select specific areas for modeling and deformation. By using custom UV seams to create shell selection areas, you can streamline the selection and deformation process, making it faster and more efficient.





Conclusion


Creating custom UV seams for shell selection is a powerful modeling technique in Maya that can save time and improve workflow. By creating planar UVs and cutting areas for shell selection, you can create precise selection areas for modeling and deformation, making the process faster and more efficient. Give it a try on your next modeling project and see how it can improve your workflow!

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