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Mastering mental ray: Rendering Techniques for 3D and CAD Professionals

Mastering mental ray: Rendering Techniques for 3D and CAD Professionals
Author: Jennifer O'Connor
ISBN 13: 9780470563854
ISBN 10: 470563850
Edition: 1
Publisher: Sybex
Publication Date: 2010-04-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $59.99

Reduce render times and improve your results

Doing a final render for a new product presentation? Trying to finish a rush job without sacrificing quality? If you're a busy artist seeking high-end results for your game, film, product, architecture, or graphic designs using mental ray, Mastering mental ray is exactly the resource you need.

This focused book distills the highly technical nature of mental ray rendering into easy-to-follow steps and tutorials that you can apply immediately to your own projects. Learn valuable techniques for incorporating mental ray into your pipelines—regardless of which 3D animation or CAD software you use—and produce compelling results.

  • See how to control and balance lighting with mental ray

  • Manage maps and materials to reduce memory usage and speed up render times

  • Queue jobs efficiently, using the Batch Render or Backburner render tools

  • Master key settings of Final Gather and improve your render quality and speed

  • Use the advanced global illumination, caustics, photons, and irradiance particles to create indirect illumination

  • Find instructions and scene files for 3ds Max® and 3ds Max Design 2010 and 2011

The DVD includes all project files from the book's tutorials, as well as bonus material from Dosch Design and Spheron VR.

  • Learn about Indirect Illumination with Irradiance Particles

  • Use Global Illumination in difficult scenes