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The course covers Autodesk 3DS Max from the ground up, providing a thorough overview of this advanced 3D graphics and modeling package. Author Aaron F. Ross covers the 3ds Max interface and walks through common tasks such as modeling, texturing, lighting, animating, and rendering. The course is centered around real-world projects that provide designers practical examples to use with the lessons.
One of the most fundamental properties of a material is its specular highlights. Specular highlights are the hotspots on a material, the shiny parts. I'll go ahead and select the logoMaterial here and it'll be easier to see the specular highlights if I go back to the sphere as my sample object. Down near the bottom of the Blinn Basic Parameters rollout, you'll see Specular Highlights, and I can increase the Specular Level, and now you'll see I've got a nice big, broad highlight there.
If I increase the Glossiness, it'll make that highlight smaller and it's actually counterintuitive for a lot of people. As you polish a surface and make it more smooth, the highlight will actually become smaller. A high-glossiness will result in very small highlight. If I wanted a metal look to this I might have a very high specular level. I might turn this up really high. You can actually go up to 999 and then high-glossiness as well.
In the case of this motion graphic logo, I might want to cheat this a little bit and not have so high of a specular level. Maybe I'll bring that back down to somewhere around a hundred, and then give it a little bit less glossiness. That'll give me some very strong highlights which will look good when we finally have lighting in the scene.
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