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Caustics & HDR lighting samples

For those that need to examine a 3dsmax9 caustic scene, I'm providing a simple setup that uses A&D materials and illustrates both reflective and refractive caustics.  In this entry I've also provided a few HDR configurations that you can explore.

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Light shader tip

If you've ever been frustrated that the mr Area Omni & mr Area Spot lights emit light as though they are point lights, this tip is for you. If you don't know what I'm talking about, hopefully the following info will help explain it.

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How to: Unhide & use the round corner bump map on various materials

Ever 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.

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3ds Max 2008 Portal light tip

Tried 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.

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