mental ray Workflows in Maya 8: Caustics

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).
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
April 21, 2008
Duration
2h 38m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
April 21, 2008
Duration
2h 38m
Description

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
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.

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