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
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