Creating area light shadows


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Creating area light shadows

When you use area lights in a scene that you're rendering with mental ray, you should be aware that there are few settings that can help determine how the light cast by the area light appears in the scene, and it can also make a few aspects of area lights easier to work with. So, I'm going to create an area light by clicking on the areaLight icon here, on the Rendering shelf, and I'm going to use the Move tool to pull it up, scale it and rotate it so that it's facing the table.

So, I'm using the default settings here, so the Intensity is at 1. I'm going to create a test render, and if you see, the light is fairly blown out, but I'll save this. And in order to tone that down a bit, I'm going to turn and set the Decay Rate to Linear, and increase the Intensity, and create another test render, and this is what we get. So, it's falling off the further the light gets from the actual area light position.

But you notice it's still fairly blown out. Another ...

Creating area light shadows
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Creating area light 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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