Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting [NOOK Book]

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Level up your skills with powerful texturing and lighting techniques

Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting, Third Edition leads you through the latest advanced techniques for adding realistic detail to your models. This new edition is up-to-date with the latest Maya texturing, lighting, and rendering features, including an exploration of the Node Editor, new Maya utility nodes and expanded coverage of mental ray shaders, and render settings. The proven tutorials are culled from ...

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Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting

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Overview

Level up your skills with powerful texturing and lighting techniques

Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting, Third Edition leads you through the latest advanced techniques for adding realistic detail to your models. This new edition is up-to-date with the latest Maya texturing, lighting, and rendering features, including an exploration of the Node Editor, new Maya utility nodes and expanded coverage of mental ray shaders, and render settings. The proven tutorials are culled from real-world experience and refined to give you the ultimate in practical skills. You'll learn workflow tips and tricks, the construction of custom shading networks, and the application of time-saving tools that bring your project from concept to reality. The companion website features several gigabytes of Maya scene files, texture bitmaps, and QuickTime movies that support the exercises in the book, giving you everything you need to advance your animation skillset.

This book helps you take your rendering skills to the next level with the advanced tools and techniques that take animation from good to great.

  • Learn the theory behind expert lighting design
  • Understand shadows, shading components, and texture mapping
  • Work with node networks, raytracing, and global illumination
  • Try new approaches to rendering using Maya Software and mental ray

If you're ready to take a big step forward and fine-tune your style, Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting, Third Edition is the practical, hands-on guide you need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118983546
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/3/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 547,118
  • File size: 75 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Lee Lanier is a professional computer animator, visual-effects artist, and director based in Boulder City, Nevada. He's worked for Walt Disney Studios, PDI/DreamWorks, and numerous other production companies on more than 70 features, shorts, music videos, trailers, and commercials.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Understanding Lighting, Color, and Composition 1

Ch. 2 Applying the Correct Maya Light Type 3

Ch. 3 Creating High-Quality Shadows 69

Ch. 4 Applying the Correct Material and 2D Texture 103

Ch. 5 Applying 3D Textures and Projections 137

Ch. 6 Creating Custom Connections and Applying Color Utilities 169

Ch. 7 Automating a Scene with Sampler Nodes 201

Ch. 8 Harnessing the Power of Math Utilities 233

Ch. 9 Improving Textures through Custom UVs, Maps, and Sliders 265

Ch. 10 Prepping for Successful Renders 301

Ch. 11 Raytracing with Maya Software and mental ray 337

Ch. 12 Working with Global Illumination, Final Gather, and mental ray Shaders 375

Ch. 13 Texturing and Lighting with Advanced Techniques 415

App About the Companion CD 453

Index 457

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