Questions and answers

How do you soften shadows in Maya?

How do you soften shadows in Maya?

Controls the softness of shadow edges by setting the size (Shadow Radius or Light Radius) or angle (Light Angle) of the light. For example, a large light produces softer shadows than a small light. The light radius is also used for light glows to determine the occlusion/visibility (for point and spot lights).

What is raytrace shadow?

Ray-traced shadows are shadows that HDRP generates by tracing rays of light from the following Light sources: Directional. Point. Spot.

How do you fix shadows in Maya?

Remove shadows

  1. Select the light.
  2. In the Raytrace Shadow Attributes section of the light’s Attribute Editor (or in the Shape Keyable tab of the light’s Attribute Spread Sheet), turn off Use Ray Trace Shadows.

How do you make shadows darker in Maya?

make a plane and place a cube on it. Create a area light and position it so you get the shadow where u want. Now try to scale it down alot and increase the intensity of it. you should get sharper shadows and ofcourse the other way around.

How do you soften directional lights in Maya?

What would you advice for Maya? Select the light and look under shadow > raytrace shadow attributes. And increase the Light Angle. The more Shadow Rays, the smoother your shadow will be.

How do you introduce a shadow?


  1. Go outside to a flat, open, and sunny area with children and take a look at your shadows.
  2. Have them describe what they see. Ask, Can you tell which shadow is yours? How do you know? Wave to your shadow. Does your shadow wave back? What else can your shadow do that you can do? (Jump, dance, raise hands, etc.)

How do ray tracers handle shadows?

The basic ray traced shadow algorithm works like this: for every point on a visible surface, we shoot one ray directly toward the light. If the ray reaches the light, then that surface is lit and we use a traditional lighting routine.

Why do shadows look pixelated?

Every object illuminated by the sun can cast a shadow with an umbra and a penumbra just like astronomical objects can. The blurry edges of everyday shadows are caused by the light sources being extended objects.

Why do I have multiple shadows?

To get two shadows from one object, you need two light sources; either two real sources of light, or effectively two sources because of some kind of reflection. The reflection of the nightlight from a mirror could act as a second light source, creating a second shadow.

What is a directional light?

Directional lights emit parallel light rays in a single direction but the light reaches out into infinity. You can think of a directional light as a giant flash light very far away from your objects, always centered and it never dies off. You can rotate the light in any direction.