FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

This month's free tutorial is part of a series that discusses alternative methods of recreating naturalistic lighting in an exterior environment. Taken from our Advanced Lighting with Maya and Mental Ray course, this tutorial concentrates on optimising raytrace shadows within a manually lit scene, and will teach you how to add ambient shadows via a custom occlusion shader. This tutorial will give you the production level skills expected of a junior lighting artist.

Tutorial Breakdown

Raytrace Shadows
Render layers and Compositing at Render Time
Custom Ambient Occlusion Shader

Registering for tutorials

It’s very simple; you’ll just need to register on our website to access our online learning centre.  Once inside, select the ‘FREE AREA’ from the drop down menu in the ‘My Courses’ tab.  If you’re already registered, just log-in with your usual username and password.

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Our Free Tutorials are replaced with a different one every month, and this month’s Professional VFX Tutorial  will only be available until June 13th. Make sure you don’t miss out – take advantage of this tutorial right away.


5 Comments Lee Danskin

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Lee Danskin
Fri 14 May 2010: 11:14am

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  • David Joos:

    Hi Pankaj,

    I've managed to get to the bottom of the issue: the speed test results you provided me via e-mail showed me that your internet connection speed is 0.44Mbps, which is well below the minimum of 1Mbps in order to run the learning tool.

    Now, having said that: we are planning (and have started already) improvements to the system so we can bring down the minimum required bandwith in the future, so that you and other people with lower bandwith can get access to the learning tool.

    Let me know if you have any other questions or remarks!

  • Pankaj:

    Hi, I am also not able to access the tutorial, It only loops on how to use the system. Even when i select proper tutorial title from the left side bar, it returns to the same page again and again. There is some serious problem in your system, Please check..........!

  • Ruy:

    Cant access the tutorial, the link to the free area does not work at all... It only loops on how to use the system, but can't see this tutorial... Your learning system does not work..Keeps resending you over and over to the same pages with no results. No access. Very bad. No route. Very bad.

  • Isabelle Duarte:

    Hello There,

    I am really sorry you couldn't access the tutorial. I think what is happening is that you have not clicked on the free area yet and keep seeing the video that explains how the system works.

    As per our initial explanations on this blog post, you need to do the following:

    - Go to the top right handside of the screen, and click on "Select Course"
    - A drop down menu will appear
    - Click on "Free Area"
    - Another drop down menu will appear with 2 free tutorials
    - One of them is called "Maya Fundamentals", the other "This month's Free Selection"
    - Click on "This month's Free Selection"

    And there you have it! You are now in the Free Professional Lighting tutorial for this month.

    Do get in touch if you have any more questions.


  • rupali:

    its very informative

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