21 “must see” Mental Ray tutorials

Although I am not a mental ray user, I realize that it is a very powerful rendering engine and it is being used by a lot of cgdigest.com readers. Therefore, I have compiled a list of 21 mental ray tutorials that I think worth a look. Some of them are new, some of them are old, but still there is a lot too learn from them.

1)  How to use mental ray ambient occlusion as a separate pass.

2) How to compute the final gather solution in mental ray from one still camera.

3) How to setup an interior lighting rig using mental ray area lights.

4) A really nice tutorial that shows you how to render refractive materials (in this case, diamonds).

5) Advanced lighting techniques in mental ray.

6) Ambient occlusion in mental ray.

7) A video tutorial on how to create sub surface scattering (SSS) materials with mental ray.

Click here to view the tutorial.

8) How to create a realistic water surface with 3ds max and mental ray.

9) How to achieve realistic caustic effects with 3ds max and mental ray.

10) A very nice tutorial on how to create realistic translucent leafs with mental ray.

11) Part 1 of a set of 6 tutorials set. Same scene is used in all the tutorials, but in different lighting and atmospheric conditions.

12) Part 2

13) Part 3

14) Part 4

15) Part 5

16) Part 6

17) A tutorial that shows you how to create a realistic car paint material with mental ray.

18) Another detailed tutorial on how to create ocean waves.

19) Bokeh effects can help enhance the realism of your renderings. In this tutorial you will learn on of the ways to achieve it.

20) A nice tutorial on how to create an underwater scene.

21) A basic, yet essential tutorial on how to effectively use hdri with mental ray.

5 Comments
  1. Riko says:

    Thx for thsi list!!!

  2. Sir Mustache says:

    Looks great! Will take a look at it :) Cheers!

  3. anand says:

    thanks for compiling the list.. :)

  4. str9led says:

    This list is amazing. Thanks.

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