Maya tutorial : Creating various glass types

This tutorial will show you how to create different types of glass in Autodesk Maya 2014. In two cases I will be using the mia_material_x option and in one case the dielectric_material option.

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DurianGold says:

PLEASE HELP ME. I can’t find mia_material in my hypershade. PLEASE

Anslee Erickson says:


0vrStart says:

how about creating stained glass?

Ashok Kumar says:

this is also nice tutorial but there is a prob in my Maya I don’t have Mental ray so please tell me how can i get Mental ray. Because of Mental ray I’m facing many problem and not give a good quality.

Rohan Mehrotra says:

mia_material_x is not present from where i can download it

Yogurt Pants says:

Can you make a new video on getting the mia_materials or otherwise some other glass textures in Maya 2016/2017 please? They got rid of them, and I can’t figure out how to get any other textures.

Antony Quigley says:

Hi Mike, I’m a Subscriber of yours. I can’t find help from anyone else, i hope you can help me. I don’t know if you’re away of the Star Wars Clone Wars series The 3d modelled and animated one starting in 2008). Im FASCINATED with the Clones themselves in this show. But I’m new to modelling and am have a VERY difficult time learning how to model their helmets. Now, the normal helmet’s seem ok. (I’ve modelled Jango Fett’s helmet almost too perfection). But my problem lies in the Phase 2 Armor. At the bottom of each helmet (like the newers – or older stormtrooper helmets once you realise they’re from 1977). Rather than being just a triangle pointed out, they have these tubes going around the circumference of the bottom of the helmet, which i presume is for speech and breathing Apparatus. Im having a difficult time transitioning from standard box modeling, edge extrusion etc, to being able to then somehow build these kind of complicated looking tube systems around the bottom of the mask with speaker and breathing holes on the front. If you get me, any tips?

Marcella D says:

This is very useful. Thank you.

Leonardo Berenguer says:

mike, do you know where I can find mia_material_x to download for Mac?

Varsha Devnani says:

Mike Hermes !! you are the reason I got an A in my animation class ! Thank you so much ! I searched the web for videos that explain what is being done while its being done, no one has clarity about what they are doing, except you! your instructions on how to model things are awesome ! you are awesome ! your videos are the best way to learn animation !! Thank you SO much !! God bless you , keep making amazing videos! I wish I get to meet you some day! cheers !!

Qualia says:

Super helpful, thank you so much!

Karwan darbani says:

Great tutorial thanks

PsRs127 says:

I can’t find mental ray on my maya. Where do i find it, is it a plugin that i have too download?

András Pataki says:


Water Spray says:

Thanks, subscribed!

Faisal Saadouni says:

thinx a lot….

ftp gaming says:

I cant fin mayatomr in my plugin folder

DreamRice says:

Im on maya 2016 and i dont have a “workarea” which shows my dielactric icon to drag and drop it on the object.
So i wasnt sure – i clicked the object and clicked on the material on the attribute editor. But there is no “Surface material” or “Shading group attributes” ;_;

Designstudio Welsch says:

can you go more in details please? I mean the material you add is not included in my case. Is it selfmade or something else? That would be great. Btw I think that you work is great, but there are not enough patreons to support you I think. Especially when I factor into calculation how much you release….stay strong

Erik Bradley says:

Hey great videos. Is there any way I can message you privately to ask for help on specific things? Facebook, hangouts, gmail, or google+??

Sean Homar says:

Great stuff, I have watched many of your tutorial videos, all exceptionally done, I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on how to model a simple stained glass window.

duyus says:

ok.. wat is glass solid, glass thin used for ? i mean for which type of objects ?

Dan Dan says:


Lyle Baer says:

Mental ray does not exist anymore…

Sourav Halder says:

that was real good but can you tell me which one should i use for building glass?

Oink ards says:

Saved me from turning in a late project for college.

Niranjan Sundar says:

Mike, I dont have mia_whatever_x in my software. What to do?

Amy TAylor says:

Is there another option for those who have Maya 2017, for replacement of the mia_material_x ?

Ancito Celestin says:

thank you for the video

Nandu Das says:

Hi, Can you model normal round shaped headlamps for vehicles?And please upload. Thank you!

dibrwi7 says:

where can i get the textures?

Rk Rajib says:


Frank Smith says:

Nice video, but what about the other way around by using blinn material for glass with transparency? Is it often used in PC games? Or mia glass effects is more for a preference?

Berk Erdag says:

Its like Mike reads my mind. I just logged into youtube to learn about glass materials and BAM first tutorial: creating glass types. Just awesome!

Sourabh Pandit says:

very very helpful video but i could not find the “mia” material in my maya 2014 and yes sound is too low
plz do someting about that!! thank you

Katsueki SoraKen says:

Thank you so much Sir! I’m learning a lot because of your video tutorials and they are so useful in my animation course. thank you so much! Subscribed! 😀

Lucy Lim says:

I have an particle effect inside my glass ball, and when I test render (mental ray), particles seems to not appear when its inside the glass ball but only renders when its outside? my transparency is all fine because i can see background but just not particles inside the object

Anastasiia Vidisheva says:

Nice tutorials! Thanks!

Colin Horen says:

Thank you Mike, this was very helpful!!

Electronic Pulse of Sound says:

Hey Mike, I just upgraded to Maya 2016, and the mia_material_x isn’t there with the presets. Any idea where it’s gone?

Joel Stutz says:

here all mia material x attributes interactively simulated:

Ulises carrillo roman says:

hola disculpa. ami no me aparece lo de mia_materia x

FrakU2 says:

Using Maya 7 Unlimited. Cant find”MIA_Material”…

Jossy Dawha says:

I can’t find the material in new attributes, what do I do?

Karwan darbani says:

subscribed 🙂

影霧禾月 says:

It was saved!

Logando 3D says:

Uncle hermes good tutorial…

sam herold says:

this video is great. im looking for doing stuff on glass sculptures with reflections. I gotta learn Maya as part of my studies and im sick of videos taking 15 minutes on how to move camera or vertices around. What shader do you prefer if i want the light to break inside? Internet says i should use more physic based programms like houdini but i have only Autodesk programs

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