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Autodesk 3ds Max 2014 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press by Dariush Derakhshani, Randi L. Derakhshani

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Chapter 16

mental ray

This chapter will show you how to create materials and render your scene using mental ray.

This chapter includes the following topics:

  • mental ray renderer
  • Final Gather with mental ray
  • mental ray materials

mental ray Renderer

mental ray is a popular general-purpose renderer that has fantastic capabilities. One of mental ray’s strengths is its ability to generate physically accurate lighting simulations based on indirect lighting principles. Indirect lighting is when light bounces from one object in a scene onto another object. In addition, incandescence or self-illumination from one object can light other objects in the scene. Direct light, such as from an omni light, is not necessarily required. Another thing to consider ...

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