O'Reilly logo

Mastering Autodesk® Maya® 2011: Autodesk® Official Training Guide by Eric Keller

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 9. Lighting with mental ray

To achieve professional-quality, realistic renders in Maya, you need to master the mental ray render plug-in that comes with Maya. mental ray is a complex rendering system that is incorporated through the Maya interface. Learning how to use it properly and efficiently takes time, study, and practice. Chapters 9 through 12 discuss various aspects of working with mental ray. This chapter is concerned with using mental ray lighting tools and techniques to create realistic renders.

There are a lot of options within mental ray that allow you to achieve a wide variety of techniques. You won't need to use them all in every case, but a good understanding of what is available will help you make better decisions when approaching ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required