Area Light

Area Light

Maya 8.0 Tutorial


How to Add anĀ Area Light in Maya



Area lights can simulate large light sources such as windows or overhead light sources. They can also create stunning shadows.


Step One

Open a scene with multiple objects.

Step Two

Add an Area Light to the scene (Create > Lights > Area Light).

Step Three

Using the Move Tool, re-position the light above the scene and to the side. Press the t key to access the light's manipulator. Move the manipulator to the middle of the objects.

Step Four

With the light selected, open the Attribute Editor and select the Shadows tab. Scroll down and check the Use Raytrace Shadows box. Increase the Shadow Rays to 10.

Step Five

Open the Render Settings window and click Maya Software from the Render Using menu. Click the Maya Software tab and set the Quality to Production Quality.

Step Six

Scroll down the Maya Software tab and open the Ray Tracing Quality section. Check the Ray Tracing box. Increase the Shadow Rays to 10.

Step Seven

Render your scene. Adjust the light intensity in the light's Attribute Editor if necessary.

Multiple Light Choices

In addition to Area lights, you can also add Spot, Volume, Directional, Ambient and Point lights in Maya.