Glossary > 
Shaders (mental ray Renderer)

In mental ray, a shader is a function that calculates light effects. There can be shaders for lights, cameras (lens shaders), materials, shadows, and so on.

In 3ds Max Design, the mental ray translator provides the functionality of light and camera shaders. Material shaders correspond to 3ds Max Design materials.

A number of shaders are provided with 3ds Max Design. See mental ray Shaders, mental ray Connection Rollout, and mental ray Materials.

The mental ray manual, Programming mental ray, describes how to write custom shaders.