Maya Viewport 2.0 and Shader FX

With Eric Keller

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In this lecture, Eric Keller explores the new features and functionality of Maya 2015's Viewport 2.0. Starting with advice on how to optimize your workstation in order to take advantage of the new features, Keller then goes into an in-depth discussion of the special Viewport 2.0 Shader FX and DirectX 11 materials. The described techniques allow you to view transparency, environment reflections, ambient occlusion and translucency, all in real-time, without the need for expensive renders. By taking advantage of the hidden power of Viewport 2.0 you can create better previews, stunning animatics, faster 3D illustrations, and higher quality game textures and assets. The lecture demonstrates techniques on a wide variety of example scenes including environments, props, and creatures. Keller then describes his own techniques for creating realtime render passes that can be composited in Nuke to create amazing results with minimal render time. You'll learn how to create and edit Shader FX networks, use multiple UV sets, create real-time animated textures, generate environment reflections and apply them to surfaces, use IBLs, create real-time displacements with the Direct X 11 shader, and tricks for generating glow and translucency effects that can be viewed within Viewport 2.0.

Duration: 330 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Chapter List

  • 00. Preview
  • 01. Introduction
  • 02. Optimizing Viewport 2.0
  • 03. Viewport 2.0 Features
  • 04. Shader FX
  • 05. Reflection and Transparency in Viewport 2.0 using Shader FX
  • 06. Shader FX Techniques
  • 07. DirectX 11 Shader
  • 08. DirectX 11 Techniques
  • 09. Compositing Sequences rendered with the DirectX 11 Shader

Eric Keller

CG artist

Eric Keller has been working as a professional CG artist since 1998 creating animations and images for both the entertainment industry and for scientific visualization. Eric has written several top rated books on both ZBrush (Introducing ZBrush) and Maya (Mastering Maya 2009, 2011), numerous tutorials and articles for leading industry magazines such as 3D World, and 3D Artist, as well as created instructional videos for Pixologic's ZClassroom. He has authored 5 video series for the Gnomon Workshop on ZBrush and Maya, He teaches Introduction to Digital Sculpting and Introduction to Maya at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and advanced ZBrush Workshops at the LA Figurative Art Academy. Eric has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He has also worked as a visual effects artist on commercials, television, games, and feature films. Recent work includes modeling and texturing at Bad Robot for "10 Cloverfield Lane" and "Star Trek: Beyond"

  • "Eric Keller is an Invertebrate lover, an animator, an author, ,artist, and the list goes on! His knowledge of all aspects of 3D and his love of the natural world has in my mind made him one of the go to guys in the industry. His passion is what makes him one of the best authors and teachers out there! Eric approaches his work seriously but with a sense of humor and a zest for knowledge. I am constantly surprised and inspired by Eric's ability to make any topic interesting and fun. His new tutorial will definitely be one I will watch over and over! "

    - Mark Dedecker
    Asset lead at Deluxe Entertainment

  • "Eric Keller is a Renaissance man. By combining his artists eye, his passion for natural science, and his skill as a teacher he has brought this fantastic tutorial to life! Eric easily shifts from exceptional sculpting, to finessing the intricacies of Vray and Maya, to explaining the nuances of the Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera. Its that kind of attention to detail that makes great artists freakin amazing. I am constantly in awe of Eric's breadth of knowledge and skill. We are all fortunate he has chosen to share some of that in this tutorial! "

    - Scott Spencer
    Weta Workshop NZ

  • "Eric Keller is a master ZBrush artist. Anyone who wants to know ZBrush in depth should buy this tutorial! For an in depth understanding ZBrush, look no further than Eric Keller's amazing works. I wish I could Crtl+C, Crtl+V what Eric Keller knows directly into my brain!"

    - Jared Krichevsky
    Creature Designer at The Aaron Sims Company