Realize your vision with stunning renders of your 3ds Max projects that can only be achieved with a powerful engine like mental ray. Beginning with a concise review of the essential concepts, you proceed to step-by-step tutorials that teach you how to render scenes with indirect light or with specific effects, such as depth of field and motion blur. Contour line shading and various other mental ray features are presented in detail, then you learn how to use the different light types of 3ds Max inside mental ray and how to use mental ray's own specific area lights and its new daylight system. Finally, the book reviews mental ray-specific materials and what effects can be obtained by using most of the specific mental ray shaders.
Turn 3D models into film-worthy digital animations by mastering mental ray rendering once and for all. This must-have guide is the only book on the market to focus exclusively on mental ray in Maya, 3ds Max, and XSI, and it's packed with techniques and insights you can't get anywhere else. Best of all, the book's advanced rendering concepts apply to other rendering software as well, including V-Ray, Brazil, Maxwell and RenderMan. Discover advanced lighting, camera, and workflow techniques that usually take professionals years to figure out.
Bring new realism to your visualizations with a command of the 3ds Max toolset. Three step-by-step tutorials demonstrate exterior and interior, day and night lighting scenes. You learn the nuts and bolts of importing models from CAD programs, lighting, applying mr shaders and materials, and optimizing your renders. Mental ray is made simple with an accessible description of its tools. * Color reproductions illustrate a wide array of subtle techniques. * mental ray is made easy with accesible demonstrations. * Companion CD contains all of the project files.
Market_Desc: · Video Game Artists· Animators· Effects Specialists· Game Developers· Industrial And Architectural Designers· Broadcast And Multimedia Designers· Instructors · Students Special Features: · The only book that covers the art of mental ray, the leading digital rendering program distributed with every major 3D software package. Estimated reach is over 500,000 users· mental ray is the built-in renderer for Maya, 3ds max, and XSI 3D software solutions, the three most popular digital animation and effects programs on the market· The book is aimed at high-end professionals and students anxious to master mental ray· A 16-page color insert showcases final rendered images of the studio quality seen in films like The Brothers Grimm, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Matrix Revolutions· The CD includes models, textures, and fully rendered samples. It also provides value-added HD images (worth $50 apiece in other packages), MEL plug-ins for Maya and XSI to convert cameras for generating terrains ($100 value), and other valuable plug-ins · Curriculum guides are also available for training centers and schools that teach mental ray About The Book: This is a one-stop resource for the keys to rendering with mental ray that 3D artists can t get any where else. The book shows how to create stunning, highly realistic images with mental ray using the most popular 3D programs, with a focus on helping artists make informed decisions on advanced lighting and workflow issues that will transform their creations into studio quality photo-realistic characters, objects, and landscapes. The tutorials have been developed and tested in the author s professional studio, as well as in the classroom, providing artists with the level of expertise they need to stay current and students with cutting-edge know-how to take to their job hunt.
Bring new realism to your visualizations with a command of the 3ds Max toolset. Three step-by-step tutorials demonstrate exterior and interior, day and night lighting scenes. You learn the nuts and bolts of importing models from CAD programs, lighting, applying mr shaders and materials, and optimizing your renders. Mental ray is made simple with an accessible description of its tools.
Increase the photorealism of your 3d visualizations with enhanced toolsets of V-ray in 3ds Max. Full-color, step-by-step tutorials about techniques involved in creating photorealistic renders for interior/exterior scenes. Each tutorial includes a 3d project scene to guide you through, production and post-production. The production chapter shows how to create shaders, fine-tune textures and set up a day/night lighting rig. You will be rendering high-res images with render elements included for the final stage of post-production. The book also includes tips about, pre-production, camera settings, verified views, material editors, shaders, 3ds max scripts, and much more!
Mental Ray is a professional 3D rendering software, which produces physically correct simulation of the behavior of light with full programmability for the creation of virtually any imaginable image. This book is a general introduction to rendering with Mental Ray. Beginners will learn about the rendering techniques supported by Mental Ray, and advanced users will learn how to achieve special effects with Mental Ray, while maintaining maximum performance. The comprehensive coverage explains everything from scene construction, light and shadow, motion blur and contours to quality and performance tuning and troubleshooting.
One look and you'll see that this 3ds Max book is different from all the others. It presents the core 3ds Max features in pages packed with striking graphics that perfectly illustrate the concepts. Each page is loaded with detailed explanations on crucial components, such as the 3ds Max interface, modeling and animation tools, rendering settings, and more. Engaging step-by-step lessons and tasks provide hands-on reinforcement as you learn. Create textures, learn rigging, bring biped characters to life—even create hair with this beautiful, full-color guide.
Lighting is the one thing that makes or breaks any CG environment. This inspirational book and DVD give you everything you need to create convincing CG lightin; from the concepts and theoretical aspects to the techniques and tricks that are essential in a production environment. The stunning color illustrations throughout the book illustrate just what can be done, while the tutorials show you exactly how to do it. Every ounce of theory is backed up with practical tutorials, using the free trial versions of 3ds Max and Combustion supplied on the companion DVD. The tutorials take you from the fundamentals of lighting, right through to advanced techniques with many new sections, including ones that cover radiosity techniques, rendering with mental ray, and compositing. Certified by Autodesk, Darren Brooker's new edition teaches the real methods behind real-world work. If you want a one-stop master class in CG lighting, or if you just want to brush up on your existing skills - then this book contains everything you need.