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01 January 2013, 09:11 AM

I have created a low poly model of a circular home. It has 2 floors and the walls are made of 'glass' - well a glass shader.

I have shaded everything but the glass with white Ambient Occlusion.

When I render using Mental Ray the Image looks ok but I want to add a bit of light.

What is the best practice to light a circular house with Natural light? I am finding it difficult to work out where best to place the 'sun'.

Is it advisable to try and light a Ambient Occlusioned scene?


01 January 2013, 07:05 PM
I'd use an HDR lighting mechanism for this one. IBL will really help light it up, without the issues of Portal Lights if you were using the Sun/Sky, for example. So, try a sky dome type lighting setup?

01 January 2013, 07:17 PM
Thanks - I'll give this a go. Didn't have the best of look with Sun & Sky. I couldn't quite configure how I wanted it. I'll upload the finished video when done (fingers crossed).

Liam :)

01 January 2013, 01:36 AM
Occlusion is deprecated, try a light that adds more detail like the Native IBL.

Look for a discussion here: Outdoor Lighting in MR and Maya (

01 January 2013, 09:49 AM
Thanks. I still went with it and tried to perserve... I'll check the other lighting for another project.

This was the final result.


EDIT: Thanks for the link to the other thread. I'll give it a read now :)

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