Maya FAQ: How do I get shadows?

There is no shadows. How do I get shadows?

maya tutorials FAQ shadow setting of the light
maya tutorials FAQ shadow
First of all, you should set the shadow to the light.
Turn on
Use Depth Map Shadows
Use Ray Trace Shadows

They are turned off in the default.

maya tutorials FAQ shadow settings of the Render Stats
maya tutorials FAQ shadow
In Render Stats of the attributes of a object,
there are Casts Shadows and Receive Shadows attributes.
They are turned on in the default, you need not change them.
If you turn off the attributes, there will be no shadows.

maya tutorials FAQ shadow
The relation between Casts Shadows and Receive Shadows is as shown in the above figure.

maya tutorials FAQ shadow Are the objects in the shadows?
maya tutorials FAQ shadow
Two above-mentioned items are basic of the setting of the shadows.

The shadows don't fall when the object on which the shadows are cast
is in the shadows.

For instance, if you make a big sphere as the sky, the shadows don't fall
(or you can't see the shadows) in the objects put in the sphere.

Turn off the Casts Shadows attribute of the sphere.

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