Join Eric Keller for an in-depth discussion in this video Making sense of mental ray shaders, part of Creating Textures and Shaders in Maya.
In this movie, we are going to talk about making sense of some of the mental ray…shaders that come with Maya.…Some of these shaders can be quite complex and especially when you are first…learning mental ray they can be difficult to use.…They are good for simulating a variety of materials but they can give you a lot of headaches.…So, my goal for this movie is to help you eliminate some of those headaches.…I am going to talk about how these shaders work and also some alternatives that…can make your life a bit easier.…In this rendering here I have three teapots and each one has a different mental…ray shader apply to it.…
Up here, in the far left I have a DGS shader applied to this teapot. That's the…Diffuse, Glossy, Specular shader.…In the center, I have the dielectric shader applied and this is meant to…simulate glass or liquid.…You see it has very nice refractive qualities to it.…Then down here on the lower right I have an MIB network applied to this shader.…The MIB stands for Mental Images Base shader.…
- Understanding shading concepts
- Simulating the Fresnel effect for realistic reflections
- Rendering transparent and translucent surfaces
- Comparing mental ray and Maya standard shaders
- Introducing the mia_material
- Developing shader networks
- Using subsurface scattering shaders
- Mapping polygon UV coordinates
- Incorporating texture nodes into networks
- Improving skin detail with ambient occlusion
- Painting bump maps
- Creating normal and displacement maps
- Troubleshooting maps
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS5 Essential Trainingwith Michael Ninness11h 15m Beginner
Creating Natural Environments in Mayawith Aaron F. Ross4h 18m Intermediate
Maya: Lighting and Rendering with mental raywith Eric Keller4h 56m Intermediate
1. Shading Concepts
2. Shading in mental ray
4. mental ray Texture Nodes
5. Creating Surface Details with Textures
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