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mental ray Workflows in Maya 8: Caustics

Course Summary

Learn creative practices for caustics, reflecting and refracting light rays, and time-saving rendering techniques that can be used in an array of scenarios that require caustic effects. Software required: Maya 8 and up (Maya 2008 required for project files).

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    Course Syllabus

    Introduction and Project Overview
    - 5m 11s

    —Understanding Caustic Photons in Mental Ray 5m 11s
    mental ray Workflows in Maya: Caustics
    - 2h 33m

    —Controlling Caustic Photon Emission and Photon Energy Properties 10m 32s
    —Altering Caustic Color Attributes 5m 40s
    —Separating Caustic Effects from Direct Illumination 4m 47s
    —Raytracing Attributes to Correctly Calculate Refractive Surfaces 8m 10s
    —Fine-tuning Caustic Attributes in the Render Settings 10m 14s
    —Controlling How Photons Interact with Maya Materials 9m 0s
    —Controlling How Photons Interact with Mental Ray Materials 7m 43s
    —Adding Complex Color Variation to Caustic Patterns 5m 39s
    —Creating Caustic Effects with Mental Ray's Architectural Materials 8m 33s
    —Overview of Mental Ray's Dielectric Material 7m 51s
    —Creating an Accurate Glass-liquid Interaction with Dielectric Materials 12m 45s
    —Saving and Re-using Caustic Photon Maps 9m 24s
    —Using the Map Visualizer to View Photons in a Scene 8m 37s
    —Using Photon Tracing to Control How Caustics Interact with Transparent Surfaces 6m 18s
    —Caustic Lighting Exercise - Geometry and Material Preparation 13m 32s
    —Caustic Lighting Exercise - Setting up Direct Lights and Caustic Emitters 11m 55s
    —Caustic Lighting Exercise - Increasing Caustic Quality 12m 14s

Course Fee:
USD 29

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Development & Implementations Community

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