mental ray is a rendering plug-in that is included with Maya. It is a professional-quality photorealistic renderer used throughout the industry in film, television, architectural visualization, and anywhere photorealism is required.
Learning mental ray takes time and practice. Even though it's a plug-in, you'll find that it is as deep and extensive as Maya itself. mental ray includes a library of custom shading nodes that work together to extend the capabilities of mental ray. There are a lot of these nodes, many more than can be covered in this book.
In this chapter you will learn to:
Use ambient occlusion
Understand shading concepts
Apply reflection and refraction blur
Use basic mental ray shaders
Apply the car paint ...