SolidAngle Arnold (Maya to Arnold)

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TRAINING COURSE – SolidAngle Arnold (Maya to Arnold)

Target Group

This training is aimed at 3D artists and productions that want to integrate Solid Angle Arnold 5 in their rendering pipeline. Thereby the needs especially of smaller productions will be taken into consideration. Autodesk Maya 2019 is the 3D package that will be worked with.


In this training you will learn the technical background to Arnold 5 and the different rendering methods that will be used. In that way we will create a practical basis for an optimized use of this renderer.


  • Installation and Licensing
  • Arnold Render-Settings
  • Gamma-Settings
  • MotionBlur
  • Arnold Object Settings
  • Basics of Light-Settings
  • Point, Spot & Directional-Lights
  • AI Area Lights
  • AI Photometric Lights
  • Use of Light-Filtern such as Light-Decay, Light-Blocker, Gobos and Barndoors
  • AI Sky Shader
  • AI Skydome
  • IBL-Setups
  • Use of Shaders
  • Hair
  • Skin / SSS
  • Displacement / Vector-Displacement
  • Texturing with Arnold / TX Manager
  • Cameras
  • Fisheye & Spherical-Cameras
  • Ortho & Cylindrical-Cameras
  • Volume-Rendering
  • Maya Fluids Integration
  • Stand-Ins / Instancing
  • Rendering of Particles & Curves 
  • Rendering-Workflow
  • AOVs / Rendering-Elements / Multipassing
  • Batch-Rendering
  • Kick / Command-Line Rendering
  • Rendering-Optimization for NUKE 
  • Deep Images Workflow with NUKE 


Training Requests

All training contents will be adapted to your individual needs. A free analysis is the basis of a successful learning. Therefore take the chance and feel free to contact us. After a first talk on the phone, we create an individualized plan according to the goals you wish to achieve.

If you are interested in a training by pixeltrain / Helge Maus, you can reach us by phone +43.699.10669979 or email info(at) We will contact you as soon as possible for an informal talk.

In addition to trainings we also offer detailed advice before buying this software, consulting and project support during a production.



Arnold 5 is a highly specified Monte Carlo Raytracing Renderer, which is used in workflows for feature films and vfx. This renderer was developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures Imageworks and is now used in over 250 studios worldwide. The customer list includes names such as ILM, Framestore, The Mill and Digic Pictures.

Arnold was the main renderer in films such as Monster House, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Pacific Rim and Gravity and has long been regarded as a "secret weapon" of film studios.

Meanwhile, Arnold is available as a stand-alone renderer for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, including integration plugins for Maya, Softimage and Houdini.

His strength lies in his ease of use, his good integration and especially his photo-realistic approach.


More information can be found on the manufacturer's Solid Angle of the website:






For learning and testing, a 15-day trial version is available, which can be further tested after the trial period.
The renderings will then be marked with watermarks.