View Full Version : how to use the mental ray shaders

08 August 2003, 05:53 PM
i have a big problem, i was taking some tuts on mental ray. and it came accross useing mental ray shaders. i don't have any of them. when i go to add or make a textrure there should be a mental ray tab with the shaders and all that good stuff. i don't have this and i know i have mental ray. how do i get the shaders to work or show up so i can use them?

09 September 2003, 12:02 AM
Here, read this:

It's also in the help files....

09 September 2003, 11:02 PM
hey thanks that did it nice a simple!

09 September 2003, 07:32 AM
Hi Jozvex, does it work on os X ? I mean the first method.


09 September 2003, 07:59 AM
I'm afraid I don't know pasto!

I've only ever used Maya on Windows.


09 September 2003, 08:56 AM
In your directory:
Users/"Your name"/Library/Preferences/AliasWavefront/maya/5.0/
there should be a Maya.env file. Edit it (or create a new with a texteditor) and add the line:

That should do it.


09 September 2003, 10:14 AM
thanx I am going to try that.
Any good features specific to MR shaders ?


09 September 2003, 10:17 AM
pixero thats exactly whats on jozvex's site!

09 September 2003, 10:25 AM
What do you mean? Are you still having problem? It works for me.
My post was for OSX, his is for windows.


09 September 2003, 10:47 AM

The info on MentalRay custom shaders are rather spares so youŽll have to search cgtalk and highend3d forums for info.
There are two books: Rendering with Mental Ray and Programming Mental Ray if you want to dig deeper.

Info on Mental Ray phenomena and more:

A nice dirtshader:

A plugin to use Darktree shaders with Mental Ray in Maya:


09 September 2003, 03:11 PM
Thanx a lot Pixero nice ressources here.
I liked your little cat walking cycle, very nice.


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