Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Feb 13, 2015
Duration
1h 52m
Description

This mental ray tutorial will go over the process of creating and controlling the emission of caustic photons into our Maya scenes and then rendering them out using mental ray. Caustic light patterns are a natural occurring phenomenon in the world around us that is often overlooked. These patterns of focused light can add an extra level of realism to your renders so understanding how to create them is important. To start, we'll learn how to control photon emission and photon energy as they enter our scene. From here we'll learn how to control the color of our caustic patterns. When using photons, ray interactions, and photon interactions become critically important. We'll learn what interactions affect our caustic patterns and how to control them. To wrap this mental ray training up, we'll look at saving and reusing a photon map to speed up our render times. 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, I'm Eddie Russel, and this series of tutorials, we'll learn what Caustic patterns are and how they can be created in our rendered scenes using Maya and Mental Ray. Caustic light patterns are a naturally occurring phenomenon in the world around us, and they're often times overlooked. These patterns of focused light can add an extra level of realism to your renders, so understanding how to create them is important. This course will go over the process of creating and controlling the emission of caustic photons into our Maya scenes, and then rendering them out using Mental Ray. To start, we'll learn how to control photon emission and photon energy as photons in our scene. From here, we'll learn how to control the color of our caustic patterns. When using photons, Ray interactions, and photon interactions become critically important. We'll learn what interactions effect our caustic patterns and how to control them. To wrap this course up, we'll look at saving and reusing a photon map to speed up our render times. After completing this course, you'll be well on your way to adding that extra level of realism to your renders using caustic patterns. So let's go ahead and get started with our next lesson.