Alias announced on Tuesday the launch of Maya 6 Learning Tools, a refresh of the company’s series of books, CDs and DVDs aimed at helping Maya users improve their abilities. Broken into Beginner’s, Discover, Learning and Technique lines that address different skill levels, Maya 6 Learning Tools feature tutorials created by both in-house Maya software experts and professionals working for such companies as video game publisher LucasArts and special effects house Tippett Studios. Titles currently available include “Learning Maya 6 | Foundation,” “Learning Maya 6 | Character Rigging and Animation” and others, with dozens more to be released in the coming months, according to Alias. One such upcoming release is “Creating Striking Graphics with Photoshop and Maya,” which will ship July 14. Prices start at US$19.99.