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Maya: Advanced Materials

via LinkedIn Learning


Maya is an industry leader in 3D materials and shaders. In this course, learn how to create convincing physically based materials in Maya.


  • Introducing Maya: Advanced materials
  • Using the exercise files
1. Hypershade Tips and Tricks
  • Options for node creation
  • Optimizing performance
  • Setting renderer attributes
  • Previewing with interactive production rendering
  • Graphing networks
  • Binding hotkeys
  • Displaying attributes and node names
  • Filtering nodes and searching attributes
  • Working with node presets
  • Organizing materials with bins
2. Standard Surface Physical Materials
  • Rendering the standard surface material
  • Balancing reflections with Specular Roughness
  • Using IOR to control reflectivity
  • Adjusting metalness
  • Stretching highlights with Anisotropy
  • Mapping floating-point attributes such as base weight
  • Adding another specular layer with coat
3. Ray Tracing and Geometry
  • Translucency with subsurface scattering
  • Light emission from a surface
  • Controlling transparency with Transmission
  • Tinting transparency with Transmission Depth
  • Translucency with Transmission Scatter
  • Assigning materials to polygon faces
  • Rendering thin-walled geometry
  • Cutout mapping with opacity
4. Surface Relief
  • Bump mapping
  • Normal mapping
  • Prepping level-of-detail models
  • Simulating detail with Transfer Maps
  • Deforming a surface with displacement
  • Next steps

Taught by

Aaron F. Ross


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