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Maya: Rendering Exteriors

Video Introducing this tutorial


Introduction
Welcome
What you should know before watching this course
Using the exercise files

1. Creating Exterior Materials
Assessing the design possibilities
Forming paint colors and sheen levels
Making brick and concrete sparkle
Adding subtle detail to wood and siding
Polishing metals
Adding luster to glasses
Converting paint effects for mental ray

2. Rendering in Daylight
Creating the Daylight system and positioning the sun
Softening the sun and shadows
Adjusting the Photographic Exposure for stylized imagery
Lighting using HDR imagery in the Daylight system
Adding extra lights for glossy surfaces

3. Lighting Night and Dusk Shots
Casting light from exterior fixtures
Lighting interior spaces for night
Creating a low sun with a directional light
Adjusting luminous and lit surfaces
Fine-tuning the Photographic Exposure

4. Adjusting Rendering Settings
Rendering and optimizing rendering
Fine-tuning Final Gather for speed
Pushing Global Illumination values for visual impact
Stylizing the bounced lighting

5. Lighting and Rendering Additional Passes for Compositing
Creating an ambient-occlusion override material
Creating an ambient-occlusion rendering pass with custom materials
Lighting a custom specular pass for sparkle
Setting up custom masks for compositing flexibility
Ambient occlusion for plants
Rendering the image passes

6. Compositing and Post Effects in Nuke
Importing the imagery and arranging the layers
Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity
Fine-tuning color using rendered masks
Adding depth of field
Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow
Adding quick clouds and sky
Rendering the composited images

7. Compositing and Post Effects in After Effects
Importing the imagery and arranging the layers
Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity
Fine-tuning color using rendered masks
Adding depth of field
Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow
Adding quick clouds and sky
Rendering the composited animation

Conclusion
Next steps