Ambient Occlusion in Maya

The Gnomon Workshop - Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray Lighting and Rendering Series Vol. 5

The Gnomon Workshop - Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray Lighting and Rendering Series Vol. 5
MP4 | Audio: aac, 44100 Hz, mono | Video: h264, yuv420p, 1280x720, 15.00 fps | 1.28GB
Genre: Video Training

In this lecture, Frederic Durand demonstrates a variety of techniques for indirect and direct lighting using Ambient Occlusion within Maya and mental ray. In its most basic use, Ambient Occlusion allows artists to simulate contact shadows in an image.
Gumroad - Ambient Occlusion - Digital Painting Technique by Alex Negrea

Gumroad - Ambient Occlusion - Digital Painting Technique by Alex Negrea
English | .MP4 | yuv420p, 1280x720, 327 kb/s, 30.00 fps | aac, 44100 Hz, stereo | 1.56 GB
Genre: eLearning | Project Files Included

In this tutorial , I show you how to paint using the Ambient Occlusion Technique. Its a fun and easy way to approach digital painting.
3D for Illustration in Maya and Photoshop with Pat Imrie (repost)

3D for Illustration in Maya and Photoshop with Pat Imrie | 1.98 GB
Duration: 4h 54m | Video: VP6 (.flv) 1280x720 | Audio: MP3 44.1KHz mono
Genre: eLearning | Language: English | Level: Advanced

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to create a 3D illustration for use on a magazine cover. Over the tutorial we will learn how to efficiently model by only modeling what we need and how to reuse basic base meshes as starting points. Then we will look at how to efficiently UV map, looking at techniques to quickly produce distortion free UVs. Then using Ambient Occlusion bakes as starting points for our textures we will look at a efficient and repeatable texturing process. We will then look at how to pose our characters, setup shaders to replicate advanced effects such as refraction and sub-surface scattering, before setting up render passes and layers for compositing. Finally we will bring it all together in Photoshop using our layers to composite and adjust our image before looking at some final techniques to complete our 3D Illustration.

Digital-Tutors - Utilizing Viewport 2.0 in Maya  

Posted by U.N.Owen at April 15, 2013
Digital-Tutors - Utilizing Viewport 2.0 in Maya

Digital-Tutors - Utilizing Viewport 2.0 in Maya | 426MB
Duration: 0h 36m | Video: AVC (.flv) 1280x720 15fps | Audio: AAC 44.1KHz stereo
Genre: eLearning | Level: Beginner | Language: English

In this series of Maya tutorials, we will take in introductory look at the Viewport 2.0 tool set available in Maya.
With Viewport 2.0, we can view high-quality lighting and shadows, real-time ambient occlusion, motion blur and other effects directly within the Maya viewport.
DigitalTutors: Creative Development: Baking Light Maps for Game Environments in Maya and mental ray

DigitalTutors: Creative Development: Baking Light Maps for Game Environments in Maya and mental ray
Run Time: 1h 44m | Release Date: November 1, 2012 | Author: Gabriel Betancourt | Required Software: Maya 2011, Photoshop CS5
English | .flv 578 kbps | 1280 x 720 15fps | aac 44,1kHz stereo | 1.05 Gb
Genre: eLearning

In this tutorial, you will learn about baking light maps and compositing them for game environments. From this course, you will learn to generate light maps for any project's environment, or bake ambient occlusion into our geometry.
We will learn how to gain more control over the color and quality of our lighting by rendering in passes, compositing them, and making tweaks by hand as we go. Then we will be able to see our lighting in Maya's real-time display, rotate it at 360 degrees and view it at every angle fast and easy.

Digital Tutors Mental ray in Maya: Rendering Workflow  Video

Posted by coolcat at Dec. 2, 2006
Digital Tutors Mental ray in Maya: Rendering Workflow

Digital Tutors Mental ray in Maya: Rendering Workflow
DVD | 3 hrs. 23 min

Add stunning detail and visual depth to your work and easily learn the fundamentals of rendering with mental ray in Maya. Contains over 3 hours of project-based training. Perfect for beginner and intermediate users.

Popular highlights include:
Global Illumination
Emitting GI Photons from Lights
Photon Falloff, Intensity, and Count
Final Gather
Mixing FG/GI Effects
Image-based lighting (HDR)
Creating HDR images
Caustics
Subsurface Scattering (skin)
MR_fast_skin shader
Ambient Occlusion
Light Baking
HDR Light Baking
Dielectric
DGS
Participating Media
Phenomena
Passes
Overview of mental ray materials

Monkey Business Theatre (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by alt_f4 at Nov. 12, 2016
Monkey Business Theatre (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)

Monkey Business Theatre (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) by Robert M. Laughlin
English | June 1, 2008 | ISBN: 0292717598 | 353 Pages | PDF | 6 MB

In 1983, a group of citizens in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, formed Sna Jtz'ibajom, the Tzotzil-Tzeltal Maya writers' cooperative.

Daily Life in Maya Civilization (Second Edition)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by readerXXI at Oct. 26, 2016
Daily Life in Maya Civilization (Second Edition)

Daily Life in Maya Civilization (Second Edition)
by Robert J. Sharer
English | May 14, 2009 | ISBN: 0313351295 | 302 Pages | True PDF | 5,26 MB

Experience daily life in Maya civilization, from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century.

Introduction to Rigging in Maya 2017 (2016)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by naag at Oct. 13, 2016
Introduction to Rigging in Maya 2017 (2016)

Introduction to Rigging in Maya 2017
October 2016 | MP4 | Video: AVC 1280x720 | Audio: AAC 44KHz 2ch | Duration: 7 Hours 14M | 2.54 GB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English

This course is an introduction to character rigging in Maya 2017 with an emphasis on bipedal rigging as an in-depth and specific example of the discipline. Software required: Maya 2017.

Smoking Gods: Tobacco in Maya Art, History, and Religion  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by arundhati at Aug. 4, 2016
Smoking Gods: Tobacco in Maya Art, History, and Religion

Francis Robicsek, "Smoking Gods: Tobacco in Maya Art, History, and Religion"
1979 | ISBN-10: 0806115114 | 258 pages | PDF | 60 MB