Adding softness to raytraced shadows


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Adding softness to raytraced shadows

The nice thing about raytrace shadows is they have very few settings that you'll have to work with in order to increase the quality of the shadow. So, let's take a look at some of these settings right now. We have Light Radius, and this creates a softness to the raytrace shadows. So, in my scene here, I have a spotlight shining down on the tree, and here's our little hill geometry. So, I'm going to create a test render with this set to zero. You can see that, by default, the raytrace shadow creates a very crisp, clean shadow.

So, let's store that, and I'm going to minimize this, and I'm going to increase the Light Radius. Let's set it up to 0.05, and I'll create another test render. The shadows starting to get soft; you'll notice that it is kind of grainy though. So, how can we improve this? Well, I'm going to store this image, and I'm going to increase the number of Shadow Rays. I'm going to set this up to 12 and then create another rend...

Adding softness to raytraced shadows
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Adding softness to raytraced shadows provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Eric Keller as part of the Lighting and Rendering with mental ray in Maya

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