Maya® 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software offers artists a comprehensive creative toolset. These tools provide a starting point to realize your vision in modeling, animation, lighting, and VFX.
Dynamics & Effects
Adaptive foam in Bifrost
Add froth, foam, and bubbles to liquid simulations.
Faster, easier-to-use XGen
Updated workflow, presets, sculpting, and preview.
Guided simulation in Bifrost
Drive the behavior of liquids.
Bifrost procedural effects platform
Simulate and render photorealistic liquids.
XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator
Generate curves, spheres, and custom geometry.
Create realistic rigid and soft-body simulations.
Create hair and curve-based dynamics.
Simulate complex 3D visual effects.
Create realistic deformable materials.
Maya Fluid Effects
Simulate atmospherics, liquids, and open water.
Rigid and soft-body dynamics
Simulate multiple rigid and flexible objects.
Create realistic fur, short hair, wool, and grass.
Adaptive Aero solver in Bifrost
Create atmospheric effects, such as smoke and mist.
Parallel rig evaluation
New system speeds rig playback and manipulation.
Delta Mush deformer
Deformation results are closer to original geometry.
General animation tools
Keyframe, procedural, and scripted animation tools.
Natural-looking character creation
Skin, rig, and pose believable characters.
Reuse existing characters to save time.
Speed previsualization and virtual moviemaking.
Geodesic Voxel Binding
Get high-quality skinning results in less time.
New sculpting toolset
Sculpt and shape models more intuitively.
Streamlined retopology toolset
Streamline workflows for easier retopology.
Model more quickly and reliably.
Accelerate performance with interactive workflows.
Create better UVs in less time.
Polygon and subdivision mesh modeling
Create and edit meshes using an intuitive toolset.
Create mathematically smooth surfaces.
UVs, normals, and color-per-vertex
Streamline UV creation and editing.
Scripting and API
Create custom scripts and plug-ins.
2D and 3D integration
Take advantage of streamlined workflows.
Data and scene management tools
Manage data and scenes with specialized workflows.
Scene Assembly tools for smarter data
Create large, complex worlds more easily.
Advanced file path handling
Quickly diagnose and fix broken file paths.
3D Rendering & Imaging
Enhanced look development workflow
Hypershade work is more artist-friendly and intuitive.
Preserve creative intent with color-safe workflows.
Integrated renderer options
Choose from a wide range of integrated renderers.
Painting in Maya
Use intuitive brush-based tools.
Create cartoon animations from 3D scenes.
Next-gen viewport display and shading (enhanced)
Work in a higher-fidelity interactive environment.
ShaderFX 3D shading
Easily create 3D shading effects.
Rendering, 3D shading, and camera tracking
Produce high-quality images with a range of tools.
Ptex support in mental ray
Render Ptex UV-less textures in mental ray.
Get a high-performance, HDR-capable compositor.
Professional camera tracking
Insert CG elements into a live-action scene.