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Creating Realistic Glass Using 3 Different Materials

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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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So simple, you say! Well, it gets even simpler with Mental Ray's new Mia_material, available in versions of Maya 8.5 and after!

Creating Glass with a MIA Material

The Mia_material is a super awesome, physically accurate material that can simulate almost any type of surface. From Lambert or Oren-Nayer style diffuse surfaces, to metals, brushed metals, anisotropic, glass and gems, glossy metal, frosted materials, translucent surfaces - you name it. It has built in Ambient Occlusion, Final Gathering (per object basis), Fresnel reflectivity (BRDF), and metalicity. Plus, it comes with presets. Let's use one now: create the Mia_material (Fig.23).

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Choose the correct preset (you will notice there are many to choose from). Now render (Fig.24 - 25).

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We have now looked at 3 different ways to create realistic glass in materials in Maya. Here is one last look at the 3 glasses side by side by side (Fig.26).

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Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Luxmi Annavi on Fri, 09 October 2015 3:27am
Thank you .Very nice.crystal clear tutorials.I am learning Maya by free video tuts.
Nishanth on Sat, 16 May 2015 5:32am
nice i gote some idea.thank you
Hardik on Fri, 06 December 2013 1:41pm
Thanks a lot for the tutorial.
Antiss on Tue, 04 June 2013 9:58am
My render keeps rendering a thick opaque glass no matter what i change
Jasmine on Fri, 28 September 2012 6:22am
Great tutorial. It's always nice to find a tutorial that is well explained.
Ciaran on Wed, 12 September 2012 12:59pm
Thought this was an excellent explanation and tutorial for glass simulation, even if 'Rob' gained nothing from it, it does give a good idea of the concept of refraction and reflection. Thanks.CB
VFX Vagabond on Mon, 02 July 2012 12:10am
I have searched countless times to find a solution to creating a glass shader and I can't believe its as simple as the MIa Material shader with a glass preset. Thanks a million
Savannah on Tue, 15 May 2012 10:23pm
Very helpful :) Thank you!
Mark on Wed, 15 February 2012 9:39pm
Actually I found this pretty helpful. It is very much at the beginner level but it shows you 3 different ways to create a glass look and helps you to identify what it is that gives glass the look that it has, and how to reproduce that in Maya. Thanks!
Rob on Wed, 11 January 2012 12:20pm
Terrible, though it is great to see you understand Maya, very good scene by the way. I have learned nothing from this "tutorial" apart from what I already understood about glass from my everyday encounters with it....
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