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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 31 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470903279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470903278
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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From the Back Cover

Your project guide to Maya's texturing and lighting tools


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


The Companion DVD is an essential part of the book. It includes Maya 2012 .ma scene files and bitmap textures.

About the Author

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

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ab062ac) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x993726cc) out of 5 stars A great resource July 24 2011
By mcnasa01 - Published on
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I've read and followed many Maya tutorial books, this one is leaps better than most. Mr. Lanier's assumes the reader has a pretty good grasp of maya and modeling so doesn't go into the interface and mouse controls that a lot of authors start their books with. He understands that his audience knows how to use Maya but they need a better grasp of texturing and lighting. His style of helping the reader by telling them exactly what to do early on is extremely helpful, then gradually he lets go and you start making the adjustments you need to attributes and settings because you have the confidence to do so. The author explains difficult concepts like mental ray settings in a very non technical way so that you understand what is important to change and exactly what those changes will do. The best thing about this book is the lessons are complete, most other books I've read will show you step 1, 2, then jump to step 10, and assume you've made your own way there. Mr. Lanier goes through all the steps and includes scene files on the DVD and most importantly references them in the book so that you can compare your work to his. Again, this is one of the best Maya tutorial books that I've had the pleasure of learning from. Thank you.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99385e34) out of 5 stars Be warned if you buy the Kindle version May 25 2011
By Marina Hayes - Published on
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I just downloaded this as a Kindle version of the book. I have so many tech books I thought this would be the perfect use for my Kindle. Well I guess it's my fault for not thinking this through, but the entire book is based on a set of content that comes on a DVD with the book. Light bulb goes on. Yes that's right there is no DVD with the e-book version. Now you would think that there would be an place on the publishers web site to download it. But as of right now. I have not been able to locate it. I do have a request into customer service, but I am feeling very ripped off at the moment. Might be a great book, might be the worst ever. I have no way of knowing.


I was able to acquire the DVD content from the publisher. But It took a few days, and several emails back and forth. I think Amazon needs to find a way to smooth this process out with publishers of this type of material. If I can get the book instantly, I think they should be able to find a way to get all of the necessary content with it as well.

PS So far I like the book but have only just begun I may still raise the stars again.
HASH(0x992dbcfc) out of 5 stars Maya Learner May 12 2013
By BlazeFox - Published on
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I use Maya everyday for my school work (I'm an animation student).
Texturing and Lighting have always given me problems but this book helps with figuring out quick and usually easy solutions for Texturing and Lighting. My instructor highly recommended this book to me and I must say I'm glad he did.

It is very easy to read and the author makes it a point to keep everything concise and to the point. It's not overly wordy and provides excellent supplement learning material. The lessons are straight forward and allow for following the text but also allow for experimentation.
HASH(0x9936dac8) out of 5 stars Good Overview Projects Jan. 19 2013
By Jeffrey M. Simon - Published on
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I purchased this book for a student of mine to reference and learn a bit more about the texturing process. I think it gave a good overview of texturing that other books have seem to leave out. It is not an end all solution to learning about texturing and lighting but it is a great resource for beginner to intermediate Maya artists.
HASH(0x99387234) out of 5 stars Son needed it for school Jan. 31 2013
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I picked this one because it was in the price we needed it to be. I was amazed when my son called and said he got his book in 4 days. Thanks