May 23, 2009

Digital Tutors - Introduction to Lighting in 3ds Max

Learn an essential workflow to lighting in 3ds Max and fundamental techniques to establishing moods and adding greater realism to your scenes through lighting. Contains over 2 hours of project-based training. Ideal for new and beginning artists.
Popular highlights include:
* Overview of Standard Light Types
* Overview of Photometric Lights
* Controlling Light Decay and Attenuation
* Modeling Environments to Scale for Accurate Lighting
* Using Shadow Maps for Efficient Rendering
* Utilizing Accurate Raytraced Shadows
* Creating Soft and Diffuse Shadows
* Real-world Lighting Profiles with Photometric Lights
* Exposure Controls to View HDR Renders
* Outdoor Lighting with Daylight System and Skylight
* Altering Rendering Controls for Objects
* Adding Glow Effects to Geometry and Lights
* Creating Volumetric Lighting Effects
* Radiosity to Simulate Indirect Illumination
* Using the Light Lister
* Creating Gobo Effects
Lesson Outline:
1. Introduction and Project Overview 1:36
2. Intensity and Attenuation controls of Standard Lights 9:52
3. Specialized parameters of spot lights 7:14
4. Understanding and using Direct lights 5:17
5. Using Photometric lights in 3ds Max 9:11
6. Adding Shadow Maps to rendered scenes 8:42
7. Using Raytraced shadows in 3ds Max 4:22
8. Utilizing Area and Advanced Raytraced shadows 11:29
9. Shadow parameters of mental ray lights 4:45
10. Altering the Rendering Controls on individual objects 4:16
11. Adding glow effects to geometry and lights 8:11
12. Adding volumetric effects to lights 7:22
13. Including and excluding objects from individual lights 4:42
14. Using the Skylight to create outdoor illumination 7:35
15. Creating outdoor lighting using the Daylight system 11:38
16. Using radiosity to calculate realistic indirect illumination 7:48
17. Methods for refining and enhancing radiosity results 10:48
18. Using the Light Lister in 3ds Max 2:09
19. Using the Advanced Effects for greater lighting control 8:52
Total Run Time: 2:15:56
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