Attributes of Ambient lights in Maya | Maya Tutorial

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Attributes of Ambient lights in Maya | Maya Tutorial

Attributes of Ambient Lights in Maya

Hello everyone.In this tutorial we will explain the basic attributes of Ambient lights in Maya that every beginner should know. After reading this tutorial you will have enough understanding about how to use and control Ambient light in the scene.

Creating Ambient Light in Maya

Go to Create > Lights > Ambient Light

Ambient light will be created in the middle of the scene.


Attributes of an Ambient light

Attribute window of Ambient lights in Maya

Attribute window of Ambient light

To open the attribute window press Ctrl + A


A drop down list which will specify the type of light. Set it to Ambient light.

2) Color

It will determine the color of light. Clicking on Color Swatch to select the color or choose Color Picker to choose the desired color.

3) Intensity

It will determine the brightness of light. The light with intensity zero will produce no light. Slider range is 0 to 10 with the default value set to 1.

4) Ambient shade

The proportion of directional light to Omni directional (ambient) light. The slider range is 0 (light comes from all directions) to 1 (light comes only from the position of the light). The default value is 0.45.

5) Illuminate default

Check that on and it will illuminate every object in the scene. If you turn off it will illuminate the object to which it is linked.

6) Shadows

By default it is turned off.  If , turned on objects will cast shadows. Ambient light in Maya only supports Ray traced shadows.

7) Shadow Color

It determines the color of shadow produced by light. Default color is set to black. Use colored shadow for transparent materials.

8) Shadow Rays

It controls the graininess of the soft shadow.

9) Ray depth limit

It  specifies the no of times a rays is reflected or refracted still causing light to cast shadows.


So , here we have covered all the basic attributes of Ambient lights in Maya.

Amod Mantri

Amod drinks lots of coffee and writes articles. A student by day , blogger by night. When a team needs a gum to hold itself together , he is there to chew it.

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