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Learning Maya 5: Rendering

by: Alias, Sybex

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Publisher: ,2003/08/01

Category: MAYA Level:

ISBN: 1894893433
ISBN13: 9781894893435

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Learning Maya 5 | Rendering is your solution to creating stunning images in Maya.


      New for Maya 5!

Updated from the popular Learning Maya | Rendering, this book will teach you what you need to know when using the Maya rendering engine and mental ray for Maya. You'll learn to take advantage of options new in Maya 5, such as Hardware and Vector Rendering. Get the information you need to master Caustics and Global Illumination, Final Gather and HDRI. Learning Maya 5 | Rendering includes an inspiring photo gallery of images rendered in Maya and mental rayr for Maya so you can see the types of results you'll learn to achieve.


  Features:

This book will allow you to explore lighting, cameras, shading networks, and other rendering issues from an introductory level and will also allow you to explore advanced concepts in a comfortable format. Each topic is explored in both theory and practice so that you'll not only understand the concepts presented, you'll be able to complete easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorials. In addition, you'll take advantage of valuable chapter-by-chapter overviews provided in QuickTimer format on DVD-ROM. Offered by one of the book's contributors, Cathy McGinnis, an Alias|Wavefront÷ Certified Instructor, these helpful movies will allow you to gain additional insight as you work through the book.


  With this books you will:


  Create materials and textures.

Set up lights and cameras.

Work with shadows and raytracing.

Learn to control your renders.

Understand rendering for special effects and compositing.

Explore Hardware Rendering and vector Rendering.

Create Caustics and Global Illumination effects.

Understand Final Gather and HDRI techniques.

Create Maya and mental ray Shaders.

And much more...

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning Maya 5 | Rendering

INTRODUCTION


  Chapter 1: Materials

IPR

UNDERSTANDING SHADING NETWORKS

MATERIALS

SUMMARY


  Chapter 2: Textures

LAYERED TEXTURE

TEXTURING ISSUES FOR ANIMATION

FILE TEXTURE FILTERING

DISPLACEMENT MAPPING

MENTAL RAY FOR MAYA TEXTURING

SUMMARY


  Chapter 3: Lighting

LIGHTING CONCEPTS

LIGHT LINKING

LIGHTS IN MENTAL RAY FOR MAYA

SUMMARY


  Chapter 4: Cameras

CAMERA BASICS

ADVANCED CAMERA ATTRIBUTES

MATCHING LIVE ACTION

CLIPPING PLANES

MENTAL RAY FOR MAYA CAMERAS

SUMMARY


  Chapter 5: Shadows

SHADOWS

MAYA'S DEPTH MAP SHADOWS

DEPTH MAP SHADOW DETAILS FOR EACH LIGHT TYPE

RAYTRACED SHADOWS

MENTAL RAY FOR MAYA'S SHADOW MAPS

MENTAL RAY FOR MAYA'S RAYTRACED SHADOWS

SUMMARY


  Chapter 6: Raytracing

SUMMARY


  Chapter 7: Controlling Renders

ANTI-ALIASING

TESSELLATION

SUMMARY


  Chapter 8: SFX and Compositing

LIGHT EFFECTS IN MAYA

DEPTH OF FIELD

MOTION BLUR

MENTAL RAY FOR MAYA MOTION BLUR

SUMMARY


  Chapter 9: Hardware Rendering


  Chapter 10: Vector Rendering

BITMAP FORMAT VS. VECTOR FORMAT

RENDER GLOBALS

EXERCISE: CHARACTER OUTLINE

EXERCISE: WORKING WITH FILLS

EXAMPLE: WORKING WITH RENDER LAYERS

SUMMARY


  Chapter 12: Final Gather & HDRI

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGING

SUMMARY


  Chapter 13: mental rayr Shaders

INTRODUCTION

SUMMARY


  On the DVD-ROM, you'll find chapter-by-chapter overviews provided in QuickTimer format. Offered by one of the book's contributors, Cathy McGinnis, an Alias|Wavefront÷ Certified Instructor, these helpful movies will allow you to gain additional insight as you work through the book.


  Support Files include:

Tutorial Support files and movies

Instructor-led chapter overviews


  What you need to use this book:

Maya Complete÷, Maya Unlimited÷, or Maya Personal Learning Edition÷ software.

A DVD-ROM drive to play Chapter Overviews.

A CD-ROM drive to access Tutorial Support Files.

QuickTimer 5.0 or higher.


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