Exterior lighting in mental ray

By: David James | Software: Maya 2014 | Runtime: 5 hours and 36 minutes
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Exterior lighting in mental ray

The goal of this tutorial is not to teach you how to light up one scene, but it's to get you comfortable working with mental ray for exterior arch-viz. We use a simple model so we can focus our efforts on techniques that you can reuse in your own scenes. Topics covered here include tone mapping and working with mental ray's architectural material.

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Lesson breakdown

Below you can find a breakdown for each individual lesson in this course

  • Lesson Pack 01 0. Intro Video
  • Lesson Pack 01 1. Scene setup and introduction to linear workflow
  • Lesson Pack 01 2. Gamma correction and understanding color space
  • Lesson Pack 01 3. Setting up physical sun and sky
  • Lesson Pack 02 4. Tone mappers in Maya simple exposure and photographic exposure
  • Lesson Pack 02 5. Blocking out the main scene with the mental ray architectural material
  • Lesson Pack 02 6. Creating a swimming pool shader basic lighting and viewport 2 setup
  • Lesson Pack 03 7. Building more complex shading networks with the arc design material
  • Lesson Pack 03 8. Creating custom reflection / bump and displacement maps in Photoshop
  • Lesson Pack 03 9. Building more complex shading networks with the arc design material continued
  • Lesson Pack 04 10. Creating clouds and then animating them for time-lapse shots
  • Lesson Pack 04 11. Using mental ray production shaders to control our scene, custom reflections and eye rays
  • Lesson Pack 04 12. Photometric lighting in Maya explained
  • Lesson Pack 05 13. Outside lighting and visible light geometry
  • Lesson Pack 05 14. Finishing the shading of the scene, quick way to create grass, inside lighting
  • Lesson Pack 05 15. Finishing the scene shading continued
  • Lesson Pack 06 16. Creating curtains with ncloth
  • Lesson Pack 06 17. Rendering a separate scene background and final image tweaks.

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