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Introduction to mental ray in 3ds Max

by Kyle Green

Having a solid understanding of mental ray's core features, and how they work, is a crucial step toward becoming an efficient and productive rendering artist in 3ds Max.

What you'll learn

Having a solid understanding of mental ray's core features, and how they work, is a crucial step toward becoming an efficient and productive rendering artist in 3ds Max. We will begin our training in this series of tutorials by learning two different methods for simulating realistic indirect lighting in 3ds Max, the first method will use global illumination, then we will learn about the second method using final gather. We will also explore how you can use caustic photons to simulate the detailed light patterns that are created when light passes through refractive surfaces. In addition, we will also explore Image-based lighting techniques, we will learn how to minimize rendering artifacts such as final gather flickering from our animated scenes, as well as many other tools and techniques that will allow you start generating high quality work for a multitude of projects.

About the author

Kyle was one of the first authors for Digital-Tutors, now a Pluralsight company. and has been a part of the team for over 10 years. Kyle began his career in computer graphics education as a college instructor and worked as a Digital-Tutors rendering tutor and curriculum manager since 2002. Kyle has contributed to many of the most popular projects and helped the Digital-Tutors team win awards throughout the company's history. Kyle has had the honor of having his art exhibited at the New York ... more

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