Setting area light visibility


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Setting area light visibility

Area lights have the interesting property that sets them apart from other types of lights, in that they can actually be made visible in the scene. So you can actually see the light itself. So, I'm going to create an area light to demonstrate this principle. I'm going to click on the Area Light icon, and here it is in the outliner. So, I'll pull this up and scale it up a bit. So, a few things I want to do is I want to set the Decay Rate to Linear.

I'm going to set this to 8, so it's nice, and we have a decent intensity there. I want to turn on Ray Trace Shadows. Then in the mental ray Area Light section, I'm going to do Use Light Shape. So, I'm going to rotate this around so that it's facing the painting here on the wall.

Let's see how this looks when we render it. So, here we can see some of the effect coming out of that rectangular shape of the Area Light, and it's shining this way. So, I'm actually going to increase that Intensity, maybe even do...

Setting area light visibility
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Setting area light visibility 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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