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Introducing Maya® 2011 by Dariush Derakhshani

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Lighting the Decorative Box

In this section, you’ll set up the Decorative Box scene with lights so that you can render them in the next chapter using displacement maps, HDRI, mental ray, and Final Gather to match the lighting in a photo of the real box. Because most of your “lighting” look results from using an HDR image, the lighting you’ll start with will be basic for now.

The lighting conditions you’ll use as a starting point are shown in Figure 10-58 as well as in the Color Section of this book. You can see that there is a primary key light coming from the right side of the image, slightly from the front, with a good fill from the left side and from top back, which also gives a bit of a rim light. These lights will be easy to set up to get ...

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