Maya Tutorial – How to create a realistic Eyeball with Arnold

Maya Tutorial – How to create a realistic Eyeball with Arnold

In this tutorial, we are going to take a quick overview of how to use Solidangle’s Arnold renderer in maya.
As an example we’ll be modelling, shading and rendering a realistic human eye. We’ll start things of with modelling a correct anatomy of an eye, with sclera and iris as separate objects then we’ll cover how we can unwrap such objects for projection texturing.

In the final chapter of this maya tutorial we’ll be using maya’s hyperhshade in conjunction with the Arnold renderer to create accurate shaders and the most important part; how
to combine two shaders to be a part of a single objects using alpha masks. We’ll also briefly touch on how to set up linear workflow in Arnold for Maya and how to gamma correct your incoming textures to produce accurate results.

This tutorial was created exclusively for Edge-CGI by Eugene, feel free to check out his artstation to see more of his work!

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Hamza Gül says:

Thank you!

Sumit India says:

I want to use vray with your method but blendcolor not support taking material in it in any of blend1 blend2. what should i do?

Manoj Acharya says:

The hardest part i find is nodes in Hypershade ….wish i knew what i do there. ..its bit complicated to connect nodes without knowing how thinks works there ..i like the ens result here…wow! thanks for sharing

Dominik Gnepf says:

What is better for game assets? Maya or 3ds max?


I have a problem with render eyes reflection in maya, light reflection in eyes always have diffrent position, but when i try render in 3dsmax have no problem

Alex Stone says:

wow you are really bad.

Mickael Krebs says:

thx a lot man , very helpfull !

Cesar Anatoliy says:

Can this result be reproduced in Blender?, I`m looking to study realistic eye creation, most Blender tutorials aren`t realistic at all, the few I can find is very poorly explained.

Scorpio Xtras says:

great work ! thks!

Michael Lenick says:

Eugene, If I set the texture gamma in the arnold gamma settings to .454, would this have the same effect as using gama nodes?

Victor Rivera says:

I hate when Yotubers are saying things like “this is not a texturing tutorial” or something along the lines. Texturing is a huge part of this 3d model of an eye other you would see the lambert material in the final render. besides, it’s more content for the viewers to see and know about. although not going to lie, this video is pretty useful on everything else, but it just bothers me sometimes whenever they say those things. I’m considering making the same video myself except explaining how these textures work myself to show what i mean

Juan David Sandoval Torres says:

hey I am using Arnold 5 and When I tried to render my Eyeball It looked completely black, what do you think that it could be

MissFinster says:

Great Tutorial… Only I don’t get the sclerashape to be opaque in my scene. Any suggetions why? The Iris is still black when I uncheck Opaque.

Cwc Productions says:

at 7:46 he changes back to a circle… how?

Bharath 1987 says:

can you Create bb8 rigging tutorial in cinema 4d?

Hannah Nguyen says:

Excuses me sir!
What is the fin4_Ref.exr look like?
In the (22:06) mintute.

Ryan Ochs says:

You needed to add samples to your lights – this would have reduced the noise level

Musetrigger says:

Kind of hard to follow without prior knowledge. I’m trying my best to make sense of what all you’re doing here, but you’re not explaining everything. I guess that’s my shortcoming.

Still retaining some pretty useful knowledge. I just have that one peeve about the video.

Ferpa says:

hey man really awesome tutorial, really really awesome, but I had some problems that, since im a beginner dont know how to solve, I will link you some images showing you my problems: that black line appears and i dont know what to do or why is it appearing The Sclera_TM file for me is like moved or too big and I dont know how to solve it, any help, I would really appreciate it!

DamienMcJerry says:

I can’t open the file in maya. Anyone care to help?

Alexa Vilka CGI ART says:

I quit maya f… it ! Blender user for life

Bek Coddington says:

Hi I made this file but the line around the iris is way too crisp and unnatural – how do you suggest fixing this?

swagatam mitra says:

Sclera texture link?

Laissez - faire says:

Please send a link to the images used in this video

Kieran Delaney says:

@Edge-CGI tutorials and more! When I render out, the sclera is all black and I can only see the iris…I’ve clearly gone wrong somewhere but I can’t work it out for the life of me. I’ve been over all my connections in the Hypershade node editor, a number of times now. Somebody please help me lol

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