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Arnold + Maya Tutorial Round Up #MayaMonday

Arnold + Maya Tutorial Round Up

Arnold + Maya go together like chips and salsa, or rice and beans! Today we’re rounding up some tutorials for Arnold and Maya.

I’m going to start with a couple of tutorials on creating randomness and variation in colors and other variants. If you are new to Arnold Render, by all means, skip down to Stephen Roselle’s series on Arnold + Maya. Specifically, the series covers a lot of the basics of Arnold for seasoned Maya users.

Randomization tutorials

How to add Randomized controlled Colors to objects and polygons

A Mograph Plus tutorial that looks at the using random shader colors, in detail.

Random Material Variation Tutorial

Brent LeBlanc shows you how to create variation in wooden planks, chiefly using procedural methods. In particular, he uses Object IDs that can determine different paint and different wear on the boards. To point out, he’s using Maya 2018 and Arnold 5.

MtoA 519 | Procedural Shading

In a like manner, we’re keeping on the procedural theme with this tutorial from Arvid Schneider. Arvid demonstrates a useful technique to combine several AI nodes together to create interesting procedural patterns.


Maya + Arnold demo Series

These short videos are from a demo series Stephen Roselle, the Senior Technical Specialist at Autodesk. The tutorials are designed for people who sufficiently know Maya but are new with Arnold. This series covers a large range of topics with Arnold in Maya. In spite of these videos being created in late 2017, most of the information hasn’t changed. Truly, there’s an abundance of practical Arnold information here.

Part 1 – Lighting Basics

Below, learn about lighting with Arnold.

Part 2 – Shader Basics

Part 3 – Render View Intro

Part 4 – Render View Advanced

Part 5 – Render Setup Basics

Part 6 – Render Setup Overrides

Part 7 – Render Setup Example


Arnold in the News

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki