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Quick Tip: Using Maya's mia_roundcorners Shader


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In this tutorial, Ivan Krushkov walks us through how to use Maya's mia_roundcorners shader to add a bevelled look to the edges of your model at render-time! Let's take a look...

Step 1

To start off, first we need to make shure that Mental Ray renderer is enabled inside of Maya because mia_roundcorners is Mental Ray texture. If you’re using the scene file from this tutorial it will already be enabled for you, but if you are using your own scene make sure to turn it on by going to ‘Window -> Settings/Preferences -> Plug-in Manager

Step 2

Then scroll until you see ‘Mayatomr.mll’ and check ‘Loaded’ and then close the window

Step 3

Now select the second object and hold right click on it and select ‘Assign New Material…’

Step 4

Under the Maya section select ‘Surface’ and then at the right select the ‘Blinn’ material

Step 5

In the Attributes Editor of the material select the checkered button next to ‘Bump Mapping’

Step 6

If for some reason you can’t access the attributes for the material you can again right click and hold on the object and select ‘Material Attributes’

Step 7

After clicking on the ‘Bump Mapping’ button, in the window that comes up, under the mental ray section of shaders select the mia_roundcorners. This will place this texture shader in the bump slot of your material

Step 8

In the attributes for the mia_roundcorner you can start tweaking the ‘Radius’ attribute which will determine how much the corners of your objects will be smoothed. And if you wish to add bump map to your material without removing the mia_roundcorner, inside the node you can place the bump inside the ‘Bump’ slot of the mia_roundcorner

Step 9

If you now took a render of the scene you can see how the middle object has all of its sharp edges rounded in contrast to the left one

Step 10

The workflow to assign a mental ray material with the roundcorner shader is a little bit different than the one with a maya material. Select the third object and again right click and hold and go to ‘Assign New Material…’

Step 11

In the window that comes up under the mental ray section select the mia_material_x

Step 12

Again if you don’t see the material’s attributes you can right click on the object and select ‘Material Attributes…’

Step 13

Under the attributes for the material scroll down to the ‘Bump’ section and expand it. Then click on the checkered button next to ‘Overall Bump’

Step 14

Again in the window that comes up, under the mental ray section of shaders select the mia_roundcorners

Step 15

Now again we can tweak the radius to select the roundness of our edges. Let’s put ‘0.150’

Step 16

If you want now you can place additional bump map in the ‘Bump’ slot of the mia_roundcorners or in you material ‘Standard Bump’

Step 17

Here’s the final result you can see the right most object is now with rounded edges and you can compare it against the one without the mia_roundcorners shader applied to it