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Mindset
Lighting Question
on Aug 21, 2006 at 10:17:39 pm

Hey folks,
I have a creative lighting question. For a long time now, I have wanted to know how to create a volumetric area light as seen in the example below;

http://www.miguelmedrano.com/forum/index.php?topic=28.0

The light behind the text is what I am going for. I can't figure out if this geometry (with specific shaders appied) or an actual light.

Can any walk me through this or show me a tutorial that can? Thanks


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zhenka
Re: Lighting Question
on Aug 22, 2006 at 7:34:26 am

your link doesn't work...



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Steve Sayer
Re: Lighting Question
on Aug 23, 2006 at 4:15:46 pm

I can't access the link either, but I'm guessing you're referring to volumetric shadows like these:

http://www.imasters.com.br/conteudo2/gpinheiro/02/imagens/passo4-3.jpg

One method is to use a LightFog effect in Maya, and make sure you have Depth Map Shadows turned on for the light--not Raytraced Shadows (seems counterintuitive to me!).

There are other, more detailed workflows involving Mental Ray and perticipating media, but I'm not familiar with them...

-Steve


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