Creating raytraced shadows


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Creating raytraced shadows

Raytrace shadows are another way to calculate cast shadows when rendering with mental ray in Maya. In this example scene, I have the tree on a hill, and I have a spotlight that is shining down on the tree. I'm going to rotate this down a little bit, and I'm going to turn on raytrace shadows by selecting the light, going into the Attribute Editor, to the spotLightShape1 tab, and under shadows, I'm going to scroll down past the Depth Map Shadow settings, all the way down to this section right here: Raytrace Shadow Attributes, and I'm just going to turn this on.

And I'm going to create a render with raytrace shadows, so we can see how they look, and I haven't adjusted any other settings. This is just the default settings. You can see that the shadow is nice and crisp and clean, and I don't have to do any adjustments like I do with the depth map shadows. The other nice aspect of raytrace shadows is that they calculate transparency correctly without having to turn o...

Creating raytraced shadows
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Creating 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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