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Your project guide to Maya's texturing and lighting tools
LIGHT UP THE SCREEN WITH THESE TECHNIQUES
Improve your own projects with these professional how-to's from industry veteran Lee Lanier. This guide shows you how to texture and light for film and video using Maya's state-of-the-art shading and rendering tools.
The techniques covered here offer real-world solutions for creating more realistic renders. Learn by doing as you move through a series of step-by-step, hands-on projects, mastering a wealth of studio-worthy techniques as you go.
Learn efficient approaches for product, character, vehicle, and environment lighting with Autodesk® Maya® 2012
Successfully texture with Maya materials and mental ray shaders
Paint custom bitmap textures and set up custom shading networks
Apply advanced lighting tools, including Final Gathering, Global Illumination, portal lights, and mental ray contribution maps
Spice up product renders
Add realism to environments
Add realism to characters
VALUABLE COMPANION DVD
The Companion DVD is an essential part of the book. It includes Maya 2012 .ma scene files and bitmap textures.
Lee Lanier is a 3D animator, digital compositor, and director. His films have played in more than 200 museums, galleries,and film festivals worldwide. Before directing the shorts Millennium Bug, Mirror, Day Off the Dead, Weapons of Mass Destruction, 13 Ways to Die at Home, and Blood Roulette, he served as a senior animator in the lighting and modeling departments at PDI/DreamWorks on Antz and Shrek. He created digital visual effects for such films as Mortal Kombat while at Walt Disney Studios. He is the author of Professional Digital Compositing, Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting, and Maya Professional Tips and Techniques. You can view his work at BeezleBugBit.com.