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Mastering Maya® 2009 by Anthony Honn, Eric Allen, Eric Keller

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Chapter 9. mental ray Lights

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, starting with how to set up mental ray light nodes.

In this chapter you will learn to:

  • Use shadow-casting lights

  • Render with Global Illumination

  • Render with Final Gathering

  • Use Image-Based Lighting

  • Render using physical sun and sky

  • Understand mental ray area lights

  • Work with mental ray light shaders

  • Create Participating Media

Shadow-Casting Lights

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