How to: Unhide & use the round corner bump map on various materialsEver wished that you could take the great rounded corner option from the A&D material and apply it to other materials like the CarPaint material or Fast SSS skin material? Well, good news...you can.
3ds Max 2008 Portal light tipTried the mr Sky Portal yet? Good stuff eh? Well, don't forget that you can use the mr Sky Portal lights for more than just skylight portals. They work great for visible area lights as well. In this tip I'll show you how you can add kelvin temperature control to the sky portal lights and use them in your scenes as area lights.
How to: Skydomes in 3dsmax with mental ray (and FG)
Ok, so you've purchased some really nice panoramic sky bitmaps, like these:
Nice right?...But in order for them to look their best your need to map them to a "skydome" object. Naturally that isn't a real difficult task, but what if you want to use the mrSun & FG with your skydome? Chances are it'll block the mrSun, which is an easy fix by adjusting the shadow options on the dome properties...but that's just going to allow indirect lighting from the mrSun...what about some skylight?