Join Brian Bradley for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up for caustics, part of Learning mental ray in 3ds Max.
…Caustic lighting effects can be seen pretty much everywhere in…the world around us.…In fact, often times they become such a familiar and…expected sight that we don't always notice they're there.…For instance, not many of us take the time to stand and watch as…focused light patterns create a dazzling light display as we fill a bathtub.…And yet, they are there because caustics are just a natural part of the way that…light behaves.…Of course, this naturally occurring real world lighting affect doesn't show up…by default inside a CG lighting setup.…
Typically speaking, we have to deliberately enable caustics and…then work with a distinct set of controls in order to tweak and…tune the effect, which, of course, is exactly what we're going to do here.…In our test scene, we have what are essentially the building blocks from…which we can create a caustic lighting effect.…We have a strong directional light source in the form of a Mental Ray sun.…We have a suitable piece of geometry in the form of our butterfly ornament,…
- Setting mental ray as the render engine
- Working with ActiveShade mode
- Using Nvidia's imf_display tool
- Creating a daylight system
- Controlling the mental ray sun and sky
- Using Final Gather and photons, both individually and together
- Working with diffuse, reflective, translucent, and other materials
- Controlling render quality with image sampling
- Working with displacement mapping
- Using proxies
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. mental ray Workflow
2. Lighting Tools
3. Global Illumination (GI)
4. mental ray Materials
5. Quality Control with Image Sampling
6. Render FX Tools
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