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mental ray Workflows in Maya 8: Caustics

by Kyle Green

Learn creative practices for caustics, reflecting and refracting light rays, and time-saving rendering techniques that can be used in an array of scenarios that require caustic effects. Software required: Maya 8 and up (Maya 2008 required for project files).

What you'll learn

Learn creative practices for caustics, reflecting and refracting light rays, and time-saving rendering techniques that can be used in an array of scenarios that require caustic effects. Contains over 2 hours of project-based training. Perfect for intermediate artists. Popular highlights include: Understanding Caustic Photons; Emitting Photons from Various Light Sources; Controlling Photon Energy and Decay Rates; Altering Photon Color Attributes; Separating Caustics from Direct Lighting; Tuning Caustic Scale, Radius, and Accuracy; Photon Tracing with Transparent Surfaces; Saving and Re-using Caustic Photons Maps; Dielectric Material Properties; Troubleshooting Rendering Errors; Using the Map Visualizer; Photon Interactions with Maya Materials; Photon Interactions with mental ray Materials. Software required: Maya 8 and up (Maya 2008 required for project files).

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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