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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 Pap/Dvdr edition (16 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470563850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470563854
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reduce render times and improve your results

Doing a final render for a new product presentation? Trying to finish a rush job without sacrificing quality? If you′re a busy artist seeking high–end results for your game, film, product, architecture, or graphic designs using mental ray, Mastering mental ray is exactly the resource you need.

This focused book distills the highly technical nature of mental ray rendering into easy–to–follow steps and tutorials that you can apply immediately to your own projects. Learn valuable techniques for incorporating mental ray into your pipelines regardless of which 3D animation or CAD software you use and produce compelling results.

  • See how to control and balance lighting with mental ray

  • Manage maps and materials to reduce memory usage and speed up render times

  • Queue jobs efficiently, using the Batch Render or Backburner render tools

  • Master key settings of Final Gather and improve your render quality and speed

  • Use the advanced global illumination, caustics, photons, and irradiance particles to create indirect illumination

  • Find instructions and scene files for 3ds Max® and 3ds Max Design 2010 and 2011

The DVD includes all project files from the book′s tutorials, as well as bonus material from Dosch Design and Spheron VR.

  • Learn about Indirect Illumination with Irradiance Particles
  • Use Global Illumination in difficult scenes

About the Author

Jennifer O′Connor is an accomplished visual design artist, instructor, speaker, and expert on mental ray and 3ds Max. She is the founder and President of 4D Artists Inc., a 3D rendering and animation company. She is an Adjunct Professor of 3D Rendering, Animation, and Architectural Illustration at the College of Lake County, Illinois. Jennifer has been working with CAD software since 1985 and 3D software since 1992, on projects ranging from museum animations and tropical islands to product visualization.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Morgan on 12 Jan. 2011
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This was an excellent book, I learned a lot from it.
I found the authors style of presentation to be very easy to follow and understand.
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By kk2funkin on 4 July 2013
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It's suitable for who ready use mental ray and need to improve understand in program.
there's not too much in illustrated but the way author write is easy to read.
who are prefer to start with this book will need some basic on mental ray and 3ds max.

Nevertheless, it give you valuable in understand about material parameters, lighting control, How to save render times.
I recommend for architect, student, interior designer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
De-mystifies Mental Ray 20 April 2010
By Gary D. Rackliff - Published on
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The book is printed in color and written for the latest release of Autodesk 3ds Max and Max Design 2011. That's huge! When learning Mental Ray nothing is more important than seeing the results (good or bad) clearly illustrated and based on the latest release of the software. For seasoned production artists, the breakdown of some of the fundamentals that may have been lost or glossed over is well needed and clearly communicated. Building on those fundamentals, Jennifer walks you through setting up Mental Ray early on in scene creation and then how to tweak settings as the scene evolves guiding you to the desired result. Using Mental Ray without guidance can sometimes put you in a position of being one radio button or check box away from success. The problem is which radio button or check box will make the difference? Thanks to Jennifer's skillful technical writing and illustrations (in color!), this problem can now be solved allowing the user to create stunning visualizations without the serious time penalty of trial and error or deeper research.
Mastering Mental Ray is a much needed resource for the growing Mental Ray community.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Complete and detailed 16 April 2010
By Stephen Gabriel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was amazing and contained a vast amount of information that will benefit new users and experienced artists alike. Jennifer has gotten down into the nitty gritty details of mental ray from the materials all the way through indirect illumination, importons and irradiance. This book is a must have for any artist using mental ray within 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great, Detailed, And a Mental Ray Book Must Have! 22 May 2010
By S. Othman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finally, a book that everyone can understand. What a great resourceful book! This book really makes you understand the whole concept of Mental Ray, no matter what experience you have. It's great for Beginners and Advanced users. This book is very Detailed with great colored images that help you understand what each tool excactly does. Jennifer O'Connor really went Above And Beyond for all types of Users. Max, Cad, and Even Revit. A whole chapter on Revit Rendering, How wonderful is that!! After going through this book I have a better understanding on how Mental Ray actually works. Mastering Mental Ray will be a book that I will use as my Rendering Resource and problem solving Book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Easily the best book on mental ray that I've ever read. 10 May 2010
By Jesse Martin - Published on
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No matter what your experience level is with mental ray, this book will teach you something.

This book covers every single setting and control in mental ray. The author does an excellent job of explaining what each setting does in it's simplest form, and then takes it one step further by sharing the settings that she's found to work best in most cases.

There is an accompanying DVD with all of the source files so you can play with these settings for yourself and follow her examples step by step.

This book not only teaches you how to use mental ray effectively, but it covers how to use it efficiently as well which is what really sets this book apart from the others for me. There are numerous examples and studies in the book showing you how much of an impact certain settings will have on your render times, and also extensively covers evaluating and troubleshooting your renders using the diagnostic tools provided in mental ray.

This is an excellent read and my new go-to book whenever I have a mental ray problem or question.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great book to add to your collection 19 Sept. 2010
By Jim Olson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is incredibly well thought out and can be understood at any level of expertise. It's far more than a book that just states a command or function without the "why" behind it. The author explains the techniques she is doing with just the right amount of detail. I never had one of those "how did they do that" moments. There is enough theory behind what she is doing, it helped me understand why things are done a certain way. Like I said this book is easy to follow, and detailed enough to comprehend. Ms. O'Connor takes the guessing and mystery out of Mental Ray. You'd be foolish to pass up this book.
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