Hierarchies in Autodesk Maya

Used to connect objects. Enables you to move an object which makes up other larger objects

To create a hierarchy:

  • Open the outliner (windows > Outliner).
  • In the objects list, click and drag an object over another object (You can select multiple objects).
  • Much like photoshop layers it will nest the dragged object inside the target object.
  • You will also be able to expand the target object to see the previously dragged object.
  • You can create multiple hierarchies within one object:

e.g:

+ body (Parent object)

  + arm

       elbow

    + hand

         finger_1

         finger_2

         finger_3

         finger_4