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Ryan Saper asked

Render neon or laser effect

I am trying to make some neon lights in Maya, and all of the Arnold tutorials I have seen are for meshlights with a ground plane, which is NOT what I'm looking for. It's nice that the meshlights actually emit light, but they do not create a "glow" like neon or a lightsaber for example. Usually I do this in nuke when I am comping, but if I can get it done in Maya that would be great. Anyone know how to do this? I'll reiterate, there will be no ground plane, it's just a neon sign against a black background that I want to look like it's actually glowing, not just emitting light against a surface.

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Brian Foley answered

You need to have atmosphere in your scene to see any sort of glowing in Arnold.

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Girijashankar Senapati answered

Yes as Brian said, create the light with temperature and use automosphere volumetric fog in render setting to get the affect.

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Ryan Saper answered

Nice! Those are helpful. Thank you

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