+ Six Very useful and free Maya + Mental Ray tutorials on Light and Shade is generously made available by tutorials author Florian Wild A.K.A Astro Man, on his website. These tutorials are highly recommended to any Maya user who wants to improve on their lighting skills. Tutorials are quite detailed and share Various Mental Ray settings used by author to achieve photorealism. Florian Wild says; Welcome to the first of the six-part tutorial series, discussing possibly the most challenging kind of 3D environment: interiors. mental ray (for Maya) users typically get cold feet and sweating fingers when it comes to this “closed combat”; the royal league of environment lighting. It’s for no reason though, as all you need for the battle is a simple field manual (this tutorial), and just a little bit of patience......All the shaders you see are built on the new mia_material that ships with Maya 8.5. This shader was intended as a monolithic (from the Greek words “mono”, meaning single, and “lithos”, meaning stone) approach for architectural purposes, and it can be practically used to simulate the majority of the common materials that we see every day. Unlike the regular Maya shaders, and most of the custom mental ray shaders, it implements physical accuracy, greatly optimized glossy reflections, transparency and translucency, built-in ambient occlusion for detail enhancement of..............Read On Baby!!