Proven techniques for using mental ray effectively
If you're a busy artist seeking high-end results for your 3D, design, or architecture renders using mental ray, this is the perfect book for you. It distills the highly technical nature of rendering into easy-to-follow steps and tutorials that you can apply immediately to your own projects. The book uses 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design to show the integration with mental ray, but users of any 3D or CAD software can learn valuable techniques for incorporating mental ray into their pipelines.
Takes you under the hood of mental ray, a stand-alone or bundled product that is often used with 3D or CAD software in the creation of movies, games, architectural renders, and television
Focuses on only the most pertinent tools and techniques for busy professionals who need to quickly apply them on the job
Provides compelling, practical tutorials so you can start incorporating mental ray into your own production pipelines
Includes a DVD with step-by-step videos to help drive home concepts and techniques
Learn effective mental ray techniques with this great guide, then keep this practical book at your workstation for reference while you work!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book is printed in color and written for the latest release of Autodesk 3ds Max and Max Design 2011. That's huge! When learning Mental Ray nothing is more important than seeing the results (good or bad) clearly illustrated and based on the latest release of the software. For seasoned production artists, the breakdown of some of the fundamentals that may have been lost or glossed over is well needed and clearly communicated. Building on those fundamentals, Jennifer walks you through setting up Mental Ray early on in scene creation and then how to tweak settings as the scene evolves guiding you to the desired result. Using Mental Ray without guidance can sometimes put you in a position of being one radio button or check box away from success. The problem is which radio button or check box will make the difference? Thanks to Jennifer's skillful technical writing and illustrations (in color!), this problem can now be solved allowing the user to create stunning visualizations...
This book was amazing and contained a vast amount of information that will benefit new users and experienced artists alike. Jennifer has gotten down into the nitty gritty details of mental ray from the materials all the way through indirect illumination, importons and irradiance. This book is a must have for any artist using mental ray within 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design.
Finally, a book that everyone can understand. What a great resourceful book! This book really makes you understand the whole concept of Mental Ray, no matter what experience you have. It's great for Beginners and Advanced users. This book is very Detailed with great colored images that help you understand what each tool excactly does. Jennifer O'Connor really went Above And Beyond for all types of Users. Max, Cad, and Even Revit. A whole chapter on Revit Rendering, How wonderful is that!! After going through this book I have a better understanding on how Mental Ray actually works. Mastering Mental Ray will be a book that I will use as my Rendering Resource and problem solving Book.
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