Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 4, 2011
Duration
1h 43m
Description

In this series of lessons, we will be exploring many of the ways that shading networks can be utilized within Maya. Shading networks can be used in many different aspects of Maya including material and texture creation, lighting, special effects, and rigging just to name a few. Because these networks are widely used throughout Maya, this is one aspect of the application that nearly all Maya artists should be familiar with. This course will explore topics such as using various render nodes to create complex material and texture effects, building shading networks to simulate atmospheric effects, using shading networks for lighting purposes, and many other topics that will allow you to become a stronger, more efficient Maya artist. Software required: Maya 2011.

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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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
<<MUSIC PLAYING>> Hi, I'm Kyle with Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher. In this series of lessons, we're going to be exploring many of the ways that shading networks can be utilized within Maya. Maya has the ability to use shading networks in a lot of different aspects including material and texture creation, lighting, special effects, and rigging, just to name a few. Because these shading networks are so widely used throughout Maya, this is one aspect of the application that nearly all Maya artists need to be familiar with. This course is going to explore topics such as using various rendered nodes to create complex material and texture effects, learning how to build shading networks to simulate atmospheric effects, using shading networks for lighting purposes, and many, many other topics that will allow you to become a stronger, more efficient Maya artist. This course is going to be designed for people who already have at least a basic understanding of Maya's Hypershade. So if you're still very new to this area of Maya, I would very highly recommend viewing our course, which is entitled The Beginner's Guide to Shading Networks in Maya, before you actually view this course. One thing that I do want to point out is that this course is really going to be intended for artists who at least have a very basic understanding of Maya's Hypershade. That's where we're going to be spending a lot of our time. So if this is an area of Maya that is still very, very new to you, I would highly recommend viewing our Beginner's Guide to Shading Networks before proceeding any further with this course. That'll help you get a good, solid understanding of just what the Hypershade is, and how we can start to use it in our day-to-day work. So if you've already had a chance to view that course, let's go ahead and get started in our next lesson. <<MUSIC PLAYING>>