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Utilizing Shading Networks in Softimage

by Kyle Green

In this series of Softimage tutorials, we will learn about several shading network combinations and general Render Tree workflows that are essential for any Softimage rendering artist. Software required: Softimage 2012.

What you'll learn

In this series of Softimage tutorials, we will learn about several shading network combinations and general Render Tree workflows that are essential for any Softimage rendering artist. We will begin by learning about some of the different map types that we can use in our shading networks, such as bump maps, displacement maps, as well as transparency and opacity maps. We will also learn how to layer and composite multiple textures together within our shading networks, how to interactively mix and combine multiple materials on the same object, how shader compounds can be used to organize our Render Tree networks, and many additional topics that will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Softimage Render Tree. If this is your first time working with materials and textures in Softimage, we highly recommend viewing our 'Beginner's Guide to Shading Networks in Softimage' before attempting to go through this course. This Beginner's Guide will teach foundational workflows and terminology that are important for you to understand before attempting to view this tutorial. Software required: Softimage 2012.

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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