Introduction to mental ray in Maya

mental ray isn't just another rendering option that comes included with every Maya installation. In fact, it is a powerful rendering solution that can create highly realistic renders due to the fact that, on many levels, it operates the same way things do in the real world. Software required: Maya 2015.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 16, 2014
Duration
4h 29m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 16, 2014
Duration
4h 29m
Description

mental ray isn't just another rendering option that comes included with every Maya installation. In fact, it is a powerful rendering solution that can create highly realistic renders due to the fact that on many levels, it operates the same way things do in the real world. This training will set you on the right path to unlocking the power of mental ray. We'll get started by diving in and learning about the mental ray materials and why they're important when rendering in mental ray. From here, we'll move on and learn about a number of different important topics including reflections and refractions, indirect illumination, subsurface scattering, image-based lighting, and render passes, just to name a few. This training will also introduce the idea of a linear workflow and why it's so important to rendering inside of mental ray. After completing this training, you will have a solid foundation to build on for getting amazing results when rendering using mental ray. Software required: Maya 2015.

About the author
About the author

Eddie is the dedicated Pluralsight texturing and rendering tutor. His roots are firmly planted in a deep background in illustration and design, and Eddie lives to express himself through his art. Eddie has been with Pluralsight (and previously Digital-Tutors) for four-plus years, teaching creative artists to expand their knowledge on everything from design and illustration, to hand painting beautiful textures for their models.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi, and welcome to this series of lessons focusing on introducing you to the process of rendering using Mental Ray inside of Maya, presented by Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk authorized publisher. My name is Eddie, and I'll be introducing you to some of the fundamental ideas and important worflows for getting great results with this powerful render engine. Mental Ray isn't just another rendering option that comes included with every Maya installation. In fact, it is a powerful rendering solution that can create highly realistic renders due to the fact that on many levels it operates the same way things do in the real world. This course will set you on the right path to unlocking the power of Mental Ray. We'll get started by diving in and learning about the Mental Ray materials and why they're important when rendering in Mental Ray. From here, we'll move on and learn about a number of different important topics, including reflections and refractions, indirect illumination, subsurface scattering, image-based lighting, and render passes just to name a few. This course will also introduce the idea of a linear workflow and why it's so important to rendering inside of Mental Ray. After completing this course, you will have a solid foundation to build on for getting amazing results when rendering using Mental Ray. So, let's go ahead and get started with our next lesson.