Shader Recipes: Diffraction Grating in Maya

In this Maya tutorial we will learn how to simulate the light-scattering appearance of a diffraction grating, which can be seen when looking at the surface of a CD or a DVD. Software required: Maya.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jun 1, 2010
Duration
30m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jun 1, 2010
Duration
30m
Description

In this Maya tutorial we will learn how to simulate the light-scattering appearance of a diffraction grating, which can be seen when looking at the surface of a CD or a DVD. While Maya may not have the capability to simulate a true diffraction grating, we can create a shading network that can very closely mimic the effect. We will learn how to use ramps, layered shaders, anisotropic materials, texture placement nodes, and specular lights to create a realistic rendered CD. Software required: Maya.

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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.

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