Chapter 3

Mental Ray and Lights

3.1  Introduction

mental ray can create renderings with all the different type of lights that are available inside 3ds Max, so standard lights and photometric lights work in the manner you’re used to. You are also able to work with the IES Sun, IES Sky, Daylight, and Skylight options, although these sometimes require that you make special adjustments.

In addition, mental ray also has its own specific lights. There are just four mental ray types available — Area Omni and Area Spot inside the Standard Light group, and mr Sky and mr Sun inside the Photometric Light group.

An area light is a light source that transmits photons based upon a geometrical area, unlike a point light source (regular Omni) or a targeted spotlight ...

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