Lighting and rendering with mental ray for maya

Learn Mental Ray for Maya with an strong method
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  • Lectures 76
  • Length 8.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

This course will show you lighting and rendering inside Mental Ray for Maya from an structured way to keep you workflow easy, faster and efficient. The course is for begginers and intermediate people who wants to understand deeply the concepts behind lighting and rendering and start using them in a proffesional way.
The course is devided in 5 modules that will bring you step by step through different common situations envolved with any render artist, where you will explore different lighting thechniques depending on the situation, understand deeply the creation of materials, and learn how to use post production to enhace your images to create a nice and proffesional final result.

Course modules:
1. Introduction to Mental Ray for Maya.
2. Creating product shots.
3. Creating interiors.
4. Creating exteriors.
5. Compositing 3d with live action plates.

At the end of this course you will have solid knowledge in the lighitng and rendering area using Mental Ray for Maya. You will understand the software and also all the principles behind a good and transmitive image in terms of lighting and materials.

From here you will be able to apply all this method and techniques in your own shots taking them to the next level.

This course includes the project files for you to follow the exercises and see the final scene created in the course.

What are the requirements?

  • You need Mental Ray and Maya installed. This course also is usefull for previous versions of Maya and Mental ray. You may be familiar with maya basics before taking this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Apply an strong and efficient method for lighting and rendering their own projects in a professional way using mental ray for maya.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners and intermediate people who wants to learn a complete and efficient workflow within mental ray for maya. This course includes the project files and the scenes modeled.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to lighting and rendering with Mental Ray for Maya
How this course works
Preview
02:24
Project Files
Article
Section 2: Introduction to Mental Ray for maya
Setting mental ray as the render engine
Preview
01:04
Basic camera options inside maya
Preview
04:30
Overview of the mental ray MILA light
Preview
07:13
Overview of the mental ray object light
04:08
Using color temperature in a light
02:04
Overview of the mia photometric light
05:24
Rendering with indirect lighting
06:00
Using global illumination
06:16
Introduction to linear workflow and gamma correction
04:54
Using a linear workflow inside mental ray
10:03
Rendering using the physical sun and sky
04:21
Rendering using image based lighting
04:56
Introduction to materials
03:11
Overview of the mia material
08:36
Using mia material presets
03:59
Overview of the MILA material
12:08
Introduction to mental ray quality settings
06:23
Section 3: Creating product shot techniques
Analizing some references
04:58
Preparing the scene
06:03
Creating the keylight
05:51
Creating a fill light
06:12
Creating a kick light
06:03
Creating a bakcgroung light
04:53
Shoe base material
09:41
Finishing the show base
04:03
Creating the sole material
09:51
Finishing the sole
05:41
Creating a chrome material
03:48
Creating the shoelace material
04:29
Refining the logo
09:32
Setting up the final render
07:57
BONUS: Simple post production in photoshop
04:56
Section 4: Creating interiors techniques
Setting the camera
02:17
Starting the daylight process. Sunlight
02:50
Creating the sky lighting
06:16
Adding indirect lighting
05:34
Finihsing the lighting
04:49
Materials overview
01:39
Creating materials: wall, roof, windows
11:51
Creating materials: floor
05:09
Creating materials: living room
10:41
Creating materials: carpet
01:33
Creating materials: Dinning room
06:18
Creating materials: Decoration
10:25
Final render settings
10:13
Creating render layers
07:45
BONUS: Post production
17:05
BONUS: Night lighting setup
12:25
Section 5: Creating exteriors techniques
Setting the camera
03:10
Using physical sun and sky to light an exterior
03:05
Creating the keylight
03:28
Creating the fill light
06:26
Creating materials: basic house materials
05:24
Finishing the house materials
09:32
Creating materials: ground
08:33
Overview of paint effects
10:14
Adding grass using paint effects and mental ray proxys
07:29
Duplicating instances in a massive way
06:53
Finishing the grass
04:44
Adding plants
11:53
Adding trees
08:26
Final render settings
05:04
BONUS: Post production
17:39
BONUS: Night lighting setup
15:07
Section 6: Compositing 3d with a photopgraph
Matching the perspective
04:46
Lighting setup
08:47
Creating the base materials
07:17
Finishing materials
07:24
Adding details
06:16
Creating a shadow pass
13:42
Render layers final details
06:18
Final render settings
03:30
Compositing the final image
06:20
Section 7: Thank you!
Thank you for watching
01:03

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Instructor Biography

Alkis Escobedo, CG Artist, Instructor

With studies of photography and animation&VFX I´m a professional CG Artist specialized in the lighting and rendering area. I work in a private company in Mexico city creating architectural visualization for many different clients and projects. Also, Im a teacher at a local University were I teach all issues related to photography and rendering in the animation and VFX career.

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