3ds Max 2010: Lighting and Rendering with mental ray
3ds Max 2010: Lighting and Rendering with mental ray explores one of the most powerful toolsets for photorealistic 3D image visualization: the mental ray renderer in 3ds Max. Aaron F. Ross shows how to use mental ray's combination of materials, lighting, and rendering to achieve a variety of effects, from glossy surfaces to reflections and transparency. He provides an in-depth review of photometrics and the tools used to adjust lighting in 3ds Max, including brightness, intensity, and color temperature along with a wide variety of lighting scenarios. Aaron also devotes time to getting the most out of mental ray's powerful rendering engine and improving render efficiency. Exercise files are included with this course.
- Applying mental ray materials
- Setting photometric lighting
- Rendering glossy surfaces with raytracing
- Using indirect illumination
- Simulating exterior and interior lighting scenarios
- Selecting appropriate special effects
(Music playing.) Hi! I am Aaron F. Ross and welcome to 3ds Max Lighting and Rendering with mental ray. 3D graphics have sparked a revolution in image making and every year these tools get faster, easier and better. In this course, we assume that you have basic skills in 3ds Max. If you are a beginner, please check out one of our introductory 3ds Max courses here at lynda.com. In this course, I will show you how to achieve photorealistic renderings using techniques such as: applying mental ray materials, setting photometric lighting, rendering glossy surfaces with ray tracing, using indirect illumination and selecting appropriate special effects.
I have been teaching 3D graphics since 1999, and over the years, I have learned many techniques and shortcuts that I am happy to share with you. So let's get started with 3ds Max Lighting and Rendering with mental ray.
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- Q: In Chapter 17 on volume lights, my render did not look quite like the author's render. Why?
- A: If you are using the 64-bit version of 3ds Max, you may experience issues with volume lights. They only really work properly with the 32-bit version.
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