Rendering Setup

When your scene is complete, you’ve had a celebration smoothie for your hard work, and you’re ready to start a render, you’ll need to set up how you want it rendered. Although this is the last part of the CG process, from now on you should be thinking about rendering all the way through your production. When you create models and textures with the final image in mind, and gear the lighting toward showing off the scene elegantly, the final touches are relatively easy to set up.

First, you decide which of the render engines included with Maya you’ll use: Maya Software, Maya Hardware, mental ray for Maya (the most popular), or Maya Vector. Each engine has its own particular workflow and can yield entirely different results, although ...

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