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mental ray Nodes in Maya

by Kyle Green

Learn the fundamentals of mental ray nodes in Maya and add visual depth to your work. Maya 8 or higher (Maya 8.5 required for project files)

What you'll learn

Learn the fundamentals of mental ray nodes in Maya and add visual depth to your work. Contains over 4 hours of project-based training. Perfect for intermediate artists. Popular highlights include: Overview of Common mental ray Materials; Simulating Glass & Water with Dielectric Materials; Setting up Dielectric-to-Dielectric Material Interactions; Simulating Glossy Reflective Surfaces with DGS Material; Generating Realistic Automotive Renders with Car Paint Phenomena; Mimicking Light through Skin with Subsurface Scattering; Creating Multi-node mental ray Shading Networks; Controlling Texture Placement Using Rotational Matrices; Overview of mental ray's Procedural Textures; Utilizing Maya's Procedural Shaders in a mental ray Network; Constructing Custom Phenomena; Understanding the Various Types of Ambient Occlusion; Applying Real-world Lighting Data to mental ray Lights; Using mental ray Lights that Emit Color Based on Temperature; Creating Caustic Effects with Photonic Materials; Overview of mental ray's Architectural Material; Generating Realistic Outdoor Renders Using Physical Sky Shader; Maya 8.5 and higher is recommended for several lessons. Software required: Maya 8 or higher (Maya 8.5 required for project files).

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Introduction and Project Overview
mental ray Nodes in Maya

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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