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mental ray Workflows in Maya: Caustics
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Released Apr 20, 2008
Kyle Green

Pluralsight

Kyle Green
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. Contains over 2 hours of project-based training. Perfect for intermediate artists. Popular highlights include: Understanding Caustic Photons; Emitting Photons from Various Light Sources; Controlling Photon Energy and Decay Rates; Altering Photon Color Attributes; Separating Caustics from Direct Lighting; Tuning Caustic Scale, Radius, and Accuracy; Photon Tracing with Transparent Surfaces; Saving and Re-using Caustic Photons Maps; Dielectric Material Properties; Troubleshooting Rendering Errors; Using the Map Visualizer; Photon Interactions with Maya Materials; Photon Interactions with mental ray Materials.
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Understanding caustic photons in mental ray
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Understanding caustic photons in mental ray

 
03:49
Controlling caustic photon emission and photon energy properties
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Controlling caustic photon emission and photon energy properties

 
10:32
Altering caustic color attributes
3

Altering caustic color attributes

 
05:40
Separating caustic effects from direct illumination
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Separating caustic effects from direct illumination

 
04:47
Raytracing attributes to correctly calculate refractive surfaces
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Raytracing attributes to correctly calculate refractive surfaces

 
08:10
Fine-tuning caustic attributes in the Render Settings
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Fine-tuning caustic attributes in the Render Settings

 
10:14
Controlling how photons interact with Maya materials
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Controlling how photons interact with Maya materials

 
09:00
Controlling how photons interact with mental ray materials
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Controlling how photons interact with mental ray materials

 
07:43
Adding complex color variation to caustic patterns
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Adding complex color variation to caustic patterns

 
05:39
Creating caustic effects with mental ray's architectural materials
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Creating caustic effects with mental ray's architectural materials

 
08:33
Overview of mental ray's Dielectric material
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Overview of mental ray's Dielectric material

 
07:51
Creating an accurate glass-liquid interaction with Dielectric materials
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Creating an accurate glass-liquid interaction with Dielectric materials

 
12:45
Saving and re-using caustic photon maps
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Saving and re-using caustic photon maps

 
09:24
Using the Map Visualizer to view photons in a scene
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Using the Map Visualizer to view photons in a scene

 
08:37
Using Photon Tracing to control how caustics interact with transparent surfaces
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Using Photon Tracing to control how caustics interact with transparent surfaces

 
06:18
Caustic lighting exercise - geometry and material preparation
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Caustic lighting exercise - geometry and material preparation

 
13:32
Caustic lighting exercise - Setting up direct lights and caustic emitters
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Caustic lighting exercise - Setting up direct lights and caustic emitters

 
11:55
Caustic lighting exercise - increasing caustic quality
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Caustic lighting exercise - increasing caustic quality

 
12:14