Maya Advanced Surface Materials

Video Overview

Maya Advanced Surface Materials is a practical guide to creating shading networks in Autodesk Maya. This video features crystal clear 1080p high definition video.

Through a series of in-depth lessons, visual effects artists, Andrew Hazelden and Russell Hazelden, share countless tips and techniques that will help you create more realistic shading networks.

Essential topics include aging a shiny metal surface by adding a layer of tarnish, using the Mental Ray IPR renderer to interactively preview shading networks, creating 2D and 3D procedural textures, adjusting specular highlights, exploring various ways to assign materials to objects, using environment maps to create reflective materials, and adjusting 2D texture placement attributes.

Learn how to use incandescence and glow to simulate materials that emit light. This effect is often used when creating materials for light fixtures, television sets, and glowing hot lava.

Discover how PSD networks can be used to simplify the creation of shading networks that contain multiple file textures.

Advanced topics include: using light linking to control scene illumination, adjusting shader glow normalization values, viewing render statistics in the Maya render log, and utilizing shared nodes to make shading networks simpler to maintain.

No steps are left out and every detail is explained with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Topics Include
  • Creating Shading Networks in the Hypershade
  • Mental Ray IPR Rendering
  • Maya Render Log
  • Incandescence
  • Shader Glow
  • Glow Auto Exposure
  • Glow Intensity Normalization
  • Halo Intensity Normalization
  • Light Centric Light Linking
  • Point Lights
  • Light Decay Rates
  • Light Color and Intensity
  • File Node
  • PSD File Textures
  • Specular Mapping
  • Bump Mapping
  • Diffuse Mapping
  • Sharing Nodes
  • Blinn Material
  • Phong Material
  • Bump2D Node
  • Bump3D Node
  • Ramp Node
  • Cloud Node
  • Environment Ball Node
  • Place 2D Texture Node
Project Files
Maya project files are included with this video. You will require Maya 2013 or newer to open the Maya scene files.
License Terms

The single user license allows the use of this training video on a single computer. The project files and assets included with the video can be used in commercial projects.

The models and textures included with this video cannot be resold on stock model sites or used to create derivative training videos.

  • Delivery Format: Download
  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Download Size: 549 MB
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Video Format: QuickTime H.264 MOV