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mental ray Workflows in Maya: Subsurface Scattering

by Kyle Green

Gain a deeper understanding of Subsurface Scattering, how to accurately simulate light behavior, and learn a time-saving approach to lighting and rendering translucent surfaces with mental ray. Software required: Maya 8.0 and up (Maya 2008 required for project files).

What you'll learn

Gain a deeper understanding of Subsurface Scattering, how to accurately simulate light behavior, and learn a time-saving approach to lighting and rendering translucent surfaces with mental ray. Provides over 3 hours of project-driven training for artists learning how to achieve more realistic results with Subsurface Scattering. Popular highlights include: Overview of essential subsurface scattering attributes; Connecting lightmaps to subsurface shaders; Understanding forward and backward scattering; Using bump and normal maps with subsurface shaders; Properly controlling light interaction with translucent surfaces; Controlling scatter bias; Adjusting lightmap's Diffuse Gamma Curve; Adding separate specular/reflection attributes to SSS shaders; Using SSS with final gather; Using textures to drive SSS attributes; Using the Physical SSS shader; Controlling photon interactions with Physical SSS; Absorption and scattering coefficients. Software required: Maya 8.0 and up (Maya 2008 required for project files).

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Introduction and Project Overview
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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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