Using Raytrace shadows


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Using Raytrace shadows

A more sophisticated type of shadow for Maya is the Raytrace shadow. Now this will actually create a much more realistic shadow, but at the expense of render time. So let me show you how they work. These work well in either mental ray or the Maya Software Renderer. But for this, I am just going to show it to you in the Maya Software Renderer. So we have the same scene here. We have a scene with one simple spotlight. So if I render this, you'll see that I have no shadow.

But if I go into my spotLight, I can actually turn on my Raytrace attribute. So I want to make sure that I turn on Raytrace shadows. And then in the Maya Renderer, I want to make sure that I have this at Production quality, and I want to make sure that Raytracing is turned on. So once I do that we can use Raytrace shadows. So I select this view and go ahead and render.

Now you'll notice that the shadows are a little bit different than they were with the depth map shadows. In fact, you can see here that I am actually g...

Using Raytrace shadows
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Using Raytrace shadows provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by George Maestri as part of the Maya 2011 Essential Training

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3D + Animation
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Maya
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