Join Aaron F. Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Mesh Smooth with the Maya software renderer, part of Creating Natural Environments in Maya.
We've modeled our terrain, and we've applied UV coordinates, but before we can…really sign off on this as a model, we need to sort out our subdivision surface algorithm.…Remember that with a standard polygon model in Maya you can press the 1 key…to see raw polygons and you can press the 3 key to see smoothing, but this is only a preview.…Smooth Mesh preview is called that for a reason.…It doesn't actually subdivide the mesh for the purposes of the rendering.…
We're going to be rendering in Maya software in this title.…So if I render with Maya Software Renderer right now, I will not see the smoothing.…I am getting closer, so you can see this.…I'm going to click Render the current frame, and you'll see that it says, "Maya…Software" in my tooltip, and take a look at the window here. You can see there are…lots of jagged edges and all sorts of nasty stuff.…So the Maya Software Renderer does not smooth the mesh.…
Now you could, using Mental Ray, smooth it.…It kind does that automatically. So that's the Mental Ray rendering. But in this…
AuthorAaron F. Ross
Recommended prerequisite: Maya 2011 Essential Training
- Laying out the scene
- Sculpting terrain with Soft Selection and the Sculpt Geometry tool
- Creating 2D textures using Artisan and Paint Effects
- Applying 2D and 3D procedural textures
- Building backgrounds with skydomes and matte paintings
- Shaping clouds with Maya Fluids
- Creating non-physical daylight and casting shadows
- Rendering with Maya software
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating Textures and Shaders in Mayawith Eric Keller3h 30m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5 Essential Trainingwith Michael Ninness11h 15m Beginner
1. Terrain Modeling
4. Fluid Clouds
5. 3D Paint Effects
6. Lighting and Rendering
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