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Lighting can dramatically improve the look and feel of a scene. This workshop asks a few questions that you should now be able to answer, and it includes an exercise that challenges you to create a lighting setup that requires the use of photometric lights.


  1. When is the 3ds Max default lighting available?
  2. What does ambient light do?
  3. What are shadows?
  4. What two lighting subcategories are available in 3ds Max?


  1. The default lighting is available in 3ds Max when the program starts or when no other lights are in the scene.
  2. Ambient light controls the overall lighting for a whole scene.
  3. Shadows are areas where light is obstructed by an object, causing an area to be darker than its surroundings.
  4. 3ds Max provides standard and photometric lighting options.
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