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Introducing Maya® 2011 by Dariush Derakhshani

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mental ray Lighting

mental ray lighting and rendering opens up a large range of possibilities within Maya. As with all rendering, lighting plays the primary role. We’ll cover mental ray rendering more in the next chapter; but because rendering and lighting go hand in hand, it’s tough to ignore it in this chapter. This section is a primer on mental ray light functionality.

Open the Render Settings window by choosing Window ⇒ Rendering Editors ⇒ Render Settings. If you don’t see the mental ray for Maya (or any other, such as the Vector) option in the Render Using drop-down menu, you need to load the plug-in. Choose Window ⇒ Settings/Preferences ⇒ Plug-in Manager to open the Plug-in Manager. Make sure Mayatomr.mll is checked for Loaded as well ...

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