Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting [NOOK Book]

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"Learn the secrets of professional animators and achieve amazing results with the detailed instruction you'll find in this new edition of Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting. Written by industry veteran Lee Lanier, whose texturing and lighting has been featured in such films as Mortal Kombat, Antz, and Shrek, this in-depth book focuses on advanced techniques used in real-world production environments." You'll find extensive and updated coverage of custom shading networks, particle texturing, pelt mapping, Global Illumination, Final Gather, HDR
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Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting

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Overview

"Learn the secrets of professional animators and achieve amazing results with the detailed instruction you'll find in this new edition of Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting. Written by industry veteran Lee Lanier, whose texturing and lighting has been featured in such films as Mortal Kombat, Antz, and Shrek, this in-depth book focuses on advanced techniques used in real-world production environments." You'll find extensive and updated coverage of custom shading networks, particle texturing, pelt mapping, Global Illumination, Final Gather, HDR lighting, mental ray shaders, normal mapping, and multipass rendering. You'll also explore the latest texturing and lighting theories and trends in the animation industry - information to help you improve your skills, no matter what software you use.
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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
  • File size: 75 MB
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Meet the Author

Lee Lanier is a professional animator and instructor who has created digital special effects for such films as Mortal Kombat. He served as a senior animator in the Modeling and Lighting departments on Antz and Shrek and has produced and directed the animated short films Millennium Bug, Mirror, Day Off The Dead, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and 13 Ways to Die at Home. He has taught at several schools, including the Academy of Art University, Art Institute of Las Vegas, and Westwood College Online. His work can be seen at beezlebugbit.com.
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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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