This Maya video tutorial demonstrates how to layout UVs on a polygonal 3D object.
Several UV tools are demonstrated in the UV layout process. The optimize tool will relax UVs, the UV Lattice tool and soft modification tools are used to even out the distribution of UVs. Cut UV edges and the unfold UV tools are the primary tools to layout the UVs on a planar surface. Each of the UV modification tools are described as they are shown in a UV layout pipeline from start to finish.