Expanded Library

Using the RealFlow RenderKit in Maya

by Kyle Green

In this series of lessons, we will learn how the RealFlow RenderKit can be used inside of Maya. Software required: Maya 2010 and higher, RealFlow 5 and higher.

What you'll learn

In this series of lessons, we will learn how the RealFlow RenderKit can be used inside of Maya. The RealFlow RenderKit is an extremely powerful set of tools for rendering RealFlow particle data directly within our primary 3D application. With the RealFlow RenderKit, we have the ability to control the size and shape of our rendered particles, we can increase or decrease the number of particles that are rendered, and we can also shade our particles based on RealFlow magnitude data. Using the RealFlow RenderKit, we can also generate meshes around our particles at render time, eliminating the need to mesh our particles inside of RealFlow. During this course, we will also discuss how RealFlow particles can be rendered as volumetric clouds, as well as learning how to import RealFlow displacement map sequences into Maya for Rendering. Software required: Maya 2010 and higher, RealFlow 5 and higher.

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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