Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Manipulating lights, part of Maya 2013 Essential Training: 6 Lights and Rendering.
Now when you start creating lights, you are going to want to move them around in…the scene and place them so that they illuminate exactly what you want.…So typically, we want to have precise control over our lighting.…Now we can manipulate our lights simply thorough the Move tools.…So if I go to my Rendering shelf here and click on Spot Light, I can create a…spot light. I can move that up and if I turn on Use All Lights and Viewport…2.0, I should be able to pretty much see how this light is illuminating the…scene, and if I want I can position this light to say, illuminate this sphere, if I want.…
But as you can see, it's kind of a trial and error sort of thing.…I'm not getting exact precise control or even if I am getting precise control,…it's not very interactive.…So there are couples of ways to make this more interactive.…One is to use what's called the Manipulator tool; this little button here on the…side of the interface.…So if I show Manipulator tool, it will actually bring up some additional handles…
- Adjusting the Render Settings menu
- Adding depth map and raytrace shadows
- Understanding the principle of light decay
- Creating cameras
- Using Motion Blur in Maya and mental ray
- Using Final Gather for natural illumination
- Rendering transparent materials with caustics
- Batching rendering
Skill Level Beginner
1. Maya Rendering
2. Lights and Lighting Types in Maya
3. Understanding Cameras
4. Advanced Rendering with mental ray
5. Final Output
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