Posted on 2011-05-05 16:24:13

Book Rig for Download

A demonstration of the book rig has spurred many to ask me to finish the book rigging tutorial I started once. People like the way the rig moves and deforms, and they want to learn how to do it. But as my other projects continue to pile up and soon I would no longer be allowed to work on other productions, I decided to put this rig up for adoption. I mean to put it on the site so others could download and reverse engineer.

My only wish is that if there are any discussions, we'd do it here in this page as comments. So it'll be centralized. That way, if there'd be a question I could answer, I'd have the answer here and that answer would be visible to everyone else who might inquire.

The rig only works for Maya2011. It uses some features only available on 2011 and after.


Everyone may use this is they wish for their reels. But of course, a line or two in the credits would be expected and appreciated.


  1. The demonstration in the clip is of a different rig. A previous version. It was more of a trial.
  2. There was also a guy who couldn't open this same file, though he was using the same version of Maya I'm using. I couldn't help him cuz I couldn't replicate his issue.

Click here to download.

2011-05-09 16:36:17

awesome book rig

2011-05-11 08:11:36

hello john i can't download it when i download it , there has 0kb~

2011-05-11 10:46:09

Hmmm.. that can't be.. Are you using a downloader/download manager? if so, try not to. :) otherwise, I don't know how to help you. I could download the rig fine.

2011-05-16 05:12:01


2011-05-27 00:59:30

thank you for the rig, it's awesome, too bad you couldn't finish the tutorials

2011-07-26 16:41:22

Heeey Dude, thanks awesome!!. You are the best!!

2011-08-09 19:52:45

Great Rig! just had the idea to do this the other night, looks like you beat me to it. Please finish the tutorial if you can. "its like reading a great book!"

2011-12-17 15:34:30

do you have this rig in maya 2010 or previous

2012-02-16 20:02:55

Hi, i'm trying using it in Maya 2012.. the file opens well.. but.. i can't figure out how to modify the joints to animate the book.. can u help me?

king julian
2012-05-15 06:24:09

Thanks a lot.

2012-05-29 01:27:06

It's a amazing rig that I really needed,I download your file and I still couldn't figure out how it if possible,would you please finish your third part of the book rig,or something step by step ,video tutorial will be great~!thank you~:D

2012-12-04 08:13:00.448180

This is pure awesomeness, thanks a lot!

2013-01-08 19:23:28.470450

Great Work, Thank you!

2013-01-14 02:30:21.114580

Hi there, I dont know if you still read these since it was so long ago. Firstly Great rig! I was wondering how I could UV map the book without messing up any of its attributes? I seem to be having some problems. thanks!

thank you!
2013-02-07 00:02:41.731210

Awesome rig, just what I needed for a short film I am working on (credit for your rig will definitley be given!) I was wondering if you could help further by giving some instructions for UV mapping this rig properly.

2013-04-21 21:41:45.115760

thank you for this amazing book! it is great

2013-07-16 14:05:46.491790

Hello, I wanted to ask if I can use this book rig in an animation for my College Project. Credit for downloading this rig will surely be given. If so, then please reply to me so that I can show proof of your credentials in my project. :) Thank you.

2013-07-31 00:31:23.155360

You can receive files by e-mail please?

ahmed mohsen
2013-09-01 12:48:08.626270

Dude, you just saved my ass :D Thanks a lot

2013-10-28 19:25:12.719670

Would it be ok to use this rig for a project where I might be getting paid? I am doing a commercial for a friend's self published book. He is going to pay me if he makes money from book sales. I would gladly pay you something, and/or credit you at the end of the commercial. Thanks

2013-11-18 18:04:50.136720

People having difficulty with UV mapping the rig, here's a couple of things that might help:

  1. You'll need to work away from the UV sets to which parts of the model (particularly the page stacks) are initially connected. New UV layouts screwing up the model? Put them in new sets.

  2. Get under the deformers. This page should help with that, mixed in with transferring attributes between geometry (which might also be useful):

Good luck!

2014-11-29 14:00:00.307850

Fantastic rig, for those not knowing how to use it, its pretty simple really, just select the control rig curve and all options fire up in the channel editor.For those scratching heads about how to lay it flat and open it just rotate the control curve and if the pivot doesn't sit where you want it just go into the mesh group and change it. Top marks sir a wonder to behold !

2015-02-13 00:45:37.663130

Hi. I loved this rig. May I use this for my school project please? Due credits will be given for the rigging of the book. Thanks a lot!

2015-04-11 17:59:15.662660

Hey dude, thanks a lot for this rig. It works great but I'm having little problem with pages stretching too much when book is opening, it becomes obvious once you place texture on the pages. Can u give please me a hint on what would be best way to minimise that stretching behaviour? Im not a rigger and I find it difficult to figure out how deformers are connected. Thanks

2015-08-28 08:16:13.697570

Would i be able to take the rig away from the book and onto my own created book?

2016-12-21 16:41:35.014510

whoa thanks a lot man! your videos and tutorials have really guided me very far into developing my own book rig, in which the last part that im lost at (the multiple pages flying through) will probably be done using your method. once again, thanks a lot man! T_T

2017-06-29 16:21:27.413810

Wow! This is just perfect. So many customizations. Thanks so much.