change default viewport lighting?

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  12 December 2013
change default viewport lighting?

I am new to maya, and one thing that bothers me - is that regardless of the viewport renderer, the default light looks rahter dull.
(Coming from a max background - there it is the same, but i gave up finding a way to change it..)
My wish would be a 3-point light setup, that links to the view camera and doesnt interfere with render lights - is there a script/plugin out there?
  12 December 2013
I think that is not possible. With some script or something perhaps yes but as's as is.

It would be very nice to have couple of default material/lightning presets for viewport when modeling and not only that dark gray lambert material which is actually very bad for viewing mashes when least it is for me.
  12 December 2013
It's pretty simple to do something like this, however you don't need a script or anything to do so. Simply set up your lights in a blank scene, attach them to your camera and save the scene, and either start new scenes off with this as your default or import the lights and link them to your camera afterwards.

I do this type of thing with my material shaders. I have a default scene for kitchens and another for bathrooms, which have most of the shaders I generally use already set up. It really saves time!
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Last edited by InfernalDarkness : 12 December 2013 at 10:59 PM.
  12 December 2013
that would work, but only if i can split render and viewport light later on?
so that later placed render lights dont interfere with the viewport, and my viewport rig doesnt show up in the render..
is that possible?
  12 December 2013
You'll have to turn them on/off manually I suppose.

Another way would be to create render layers.
  12 December 2013
First, just so you know, of course you can have that kind of control on lights. Not only if they render but also what objects they effect and so on. Just as you can with other apps so it is likely something you are familiar with already.

For your view port lights, here are 2 very simple ways I know of to set them up so that they do not render.

First you can simply set the object display to Template in the Attribute Editor. This will work for the default viewport render and viewport 2.0 but not for High Quality.

Another option is to simply put all those lights in a display layer and set it to Template or if you want to use High Quality Viewport then this is an easy way to toggle them on or off as needed for a render
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  12 December 2013
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