Open the scene for the lesson

In this lesson, you work with a scene we created for your use. In the first steps, you open the scene, create a directional light, and compare the directional light’s effect to the scene’s default lighting.

  1. Make sure you’ve done the steps in Preparing for the lessons.
  2. Open the scene file named Lights.mb.

    This file can be found in the GettingStarted directory that you set as your Maya project:


    The scene contains a room with two walls and a floor. Sitting in the room is a drafting table and lamp, grouped under the name tableGroup. All objects have a default gray shading.

    When you open the scene, Maya lights the scene with default lighting provided by an imaginary light fixture. It emanates light infinitely from a point above and behind the active scene view camera. There is no icon that represents the default light in the scene view.