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maya-mental ray a.o. tutorial by Matt-Mills maya-mental ray a.o. tutorial by Matt-Mills
NOTE: This tutorial may be out of date as it was created several years ago and I have not done much rendering with the latest versions of Maya..

well, quite a few people have been asking for this,
so i finally decided to finish it.



enjoy, and please send me a note if you have any problems/questions.





i apologize for the huge image size,
but i'm not sure how else to submit these,
so get over it..
:lol:




:peace:
matt.
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:iconsamuelobo:
Samuelobo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Awesome dude thx :D
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:iconatalix:
Atalix Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   General Artist
So far so good, makes ambient renders look so awesome. I love the extend-ful shadings Maya has when it comes to mental ray with ambient occlusion to it. :dummy: Just tried it out with Maya 2013, still works like a charm :D
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Ah thank. Good to know it still works!
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:iconatalix:
Atalix Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   General Artist
yep :dummy: You're welcome
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:iconwick3dheart:
Wick3dheart Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks XD
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sanjayorange Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Thanks ! It's useful ! :love:
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:iconsanjayorange:
sanjayorange Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Thanks ! It's useful ! :love:
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:iconmyuutsucmce:
myuutsuCMCE Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
It looks really cool. I'm learning Maya so I found it pretty useful. :3
Btw, it's possible you can update this, perhaps for Maya 2010?
:+fav:ed!
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DigitalMaeve Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Thank you! I've been looking for "that look" for a while, and didn't know how to get it.
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beloved07 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Filmographer
i like this..hehe
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I am trying to get into the games industry and needed to find out a way to quickly render some of my 3d models, but i am not good at rendering/lighting at all so i was seriously struggling. I am so grateful you took the time and energy for this! THANKS x3
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:iconr1chu5:
R1chu5 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Student
thanks for this tutorial!

if you're interested you can check my newest artwork where i used it: [link]
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:iconyadu:
yadu Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for this.. ^^

used it here - [link]
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Hey, nice render. Glad I could be of help. :D
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yadu Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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megaZEE Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
well... I didn't read it yet but I'm making it my :+fav: for sharing what happens behind the scenes...

:thanks: Thank you...
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
you're welcome. :D
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:iconv3nky:
v3nky Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
i dont have mental tab to switch to mib amb occlusion... how come? does that mean i dont have mental ray installed? i use maya 8.5 PLE
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
hey, i'm not sure if PLE has mental ray or not. but you can check by going to the menu: Window > Settings/Preferences > Plug-in Manager and scroll down to look for mayatomr.mll. if you don't see mayatomr.mll then PLE does not have mental ray. hope this helps..
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ILICarrieDoll Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awEsOme! Thanks for sharIng Matt!
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
you're welcome. :)
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:iconeugenesoh:
eugenesoh Featured By Owner May 30, 2007   Filmographer
thankyou!
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
you're welcome! :)
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:iconeugenesoh:
eugenesoh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007   Filmographer
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eugenesoh Featured By Owner May 30, 2007   Filmographer
i managed to do some mental ray rendering! [link]

used final gathering instead... but this tutorial was still super helpful! thanks again...
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incarnateddevotion Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
thank you
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
you're welcome. :)
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:iconzoomzoom:
zoomzoom Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
a good mental ray tutorial is always a good thing... but i think you can get the same results with FInalGather...
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
ehh, you can come close with final gather, but where this really comes in handy is when you're rendering multiple passes. and you need to do compositing of the shadows, reflections, etc.. :)
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:iconfreelancer89:
Freelancer89 Featured By Owner May 13, 2007   Digital Artist
Maya text?
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
yeah, you didn't know?
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:iconfreelancer89:
Freelancer89 Featured By Owner May 15, 2007   Digital Artist
never though I'd actually need it until recently,
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crucifiedmermaid Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
you rule. :D
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
ok, thanks. :)
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:iconcrucifiedmermaid:
crucifiedmermaid Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
welcome.
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:iconblackgravity:
BlackGravity Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
nice tut!
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:iconjason-c:
Jason-C Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I can use this technique to render a naked Chicken for a really Adults Only image. :confused:
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
:lol:
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:iconsputn1k:
Sputn1K Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
THX! :)
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:iconjoker0720:
JoKeR0720 Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I dont really know what it is... but i like it :)
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:iconelkins:
Elkins Featured By Owner May 6, 2007   Filmographer
Thanks for this! I've been using final gather recently and it has been a bit unstable. Is this workflow quicker than final gather at render time?
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
well, it's probably a bit quicker than final gather. but, this is definitely no replacement for fg, just another option. :D
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:iconkintosh:
kintosh Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
:hug:
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
:highfive:
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ManicDepressant Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Another new avatar... im seeing a bit of a common theme in them lately...

And wow... its such a different process to texture things in Maya then Max... Interesting to know...
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
yeah man, the avatar just fits my mood as of late.

and, would you say it's easier to do in max, than this process i showed for maya? just curious, as i haven't really used max that much. :)
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ManicDepressant Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
well, lets see... These are the steps i use in max...
1 : Assign the mental ray renderer in place of the default scan line... < I have changed my default, so this only happened once...
2 : select a material slot in the material editor...
3 : Set the type to Mental Ray...
4 : Set the Surface slot - which is the first one - to be Ambient Occlusion...
5 : Set the samples to what i want...

Thats all i ever do... Though from there I can add a bitmap to the Brightness slot and have a cool textured AO render...
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
cool, good to know in case i ever need to use max. :D
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:iconownz:
OwNz Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
really nice ithink im gunna have to get this programe just to try this tutorial ! good work bro loving it
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