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3ds Max Design Architectural Visualization by Brian L. Smith

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CHAPTER 11

Introduction to mental ray

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MENTAL RAY HAS MADE RECENT PROGRESS in the architectural arena since its first integration with 3ds Max in 1999. Perhaps in response to the success of Chaos Group’s Vray, Autodesk has added mental ray to its premier software programs, and now uses it as the core for materials in both Revit and 3ds Max. It is also the platform for the new iray renderer for 3ds Max 2012, a time-based rendering solution that offers a unique approach to image-making.

The power of mental ray was first acknowledged by Hollywood in 2003 with an Academy award presented to its creator, mental images. Earlier versions of mental ray ...

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