RenderMan Shading Language Guide

ISBN-10: 1598632868

ISBN-13: 9781598632866

Edition: 2008

List price: $49.99
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Discover how to achieve the stunning imagery and dazzling effects that wow audiences in animated and live action motion pictures. "The RenderMan Shading Language Guide" shows you how to master this powerful rendering program, used by filmmakers in conjunction with 2D and 3D painting, modeling, and animation software to transport audiences to faraway lands and awe them with fantastic creatures. A comprehensive guide to the RenderMan Shading Language (RSL), the book teaches experienced 3D animators and artists fundamentals through advanced RSL and image synthesis concepts. Beginning with an introduction to RSL, you'll learn about the shader writing process and how to set up a proper shader developing environment. After that you'll try your hand at some simple shading methods such as light and volume shaders. Once you have the basics down, you'll move on to more advanced shading skills including raytracing, global illumination, pattern anti-aliasing, and DSO shadeops. The book presents over 80 complete shaders and teaches good coding style and techniques. "The RenderMan Shading Language Guide" presents the skills you need to become proficient with RSL so that you can use them to create amazing special effects for use in movies, video games, and more.
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Course Technology
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.784
Language: English

"Don" Rudy Cortes was born and raised in Ecuador. He has been working in the 3D animation industry for the past 7 years. He started his career in Kansas City, Missouri, as a generalist and demo artist for a local 3D software distributor and following that worked as a 3D visualization specialist for one of the country?s leading architectural and engineering firms. Rudy initially wanted to be an animator until a good friend introduced him to a small rendering program named BMRT. From that point on, he dedicated himself to learning RenderMan and all the techniques required to run a production with RenderMan. His film credits include The Day After Tomorrow, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow as a lighting and vfx TD, The Ant Bully as a RenderMan shader writer and TD, and the latest Disney movie Meet the Robinsons.

Saty Raghavachary is a Senior Trainer and Curriculum Manager in the Training Department at DreamWorks Feature Animation, where he also wrote graphics production software for 11 years. On a part-time basis, he teaches an introductory CG course at USC, and classes on Maya (MEL/Python), RenderMan, and visual math at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. His movie credits include Bee Movie, Shrek the Third, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge, Madagascar, Shark Tale, Sinbad, Spirit, The Road to El Dorado, and The Prince of Egypt. He was previously Software Manager at MetroLight Studios. Saty was awarded three M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. at The Ohio State University and also did postdoctoral research there. He is also the author of Rendering for Beginners: Image Synthesis Using RenderMan.

RSL Fundamentals
Chapter Introduction to RSL and Shading
Chapter RSL Details
Chapter Basics of Shader Writing
Shader Development
Chapter Setting Up a Developing Environment
Chapter Fundamental Math for Shader Writers
Chapter Basic Programming Concepts
Chapter Shader Design Methodology
Good Shading Practices
Chapter Commenting your shaders
Chapter Shading Etiquette
Basic Shading
Chapter Surface Shaders
Chapter Displacement Shaders
Chapter Light Shaders
Chapter Volume Shaders
Chapter Imager Shaders
Intermediate Shading
Chapter Illumination loops - BRDFs
Chapter Procedural Patterns
Chapter Texture Mapping
Chapter Raytracing in RSL
Advanced Shading
Chapter Advance Shading Techniques
Chapter Global Illumination Techniques
Chapter Shader Anti-aliasing
Chapter Beyond RSL, DSO Shadeops
A Collection of Shader Recipes
Chapter Shader Recipes
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