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One of the most important aspects of 3D visualization, is to create good looking and realistic materials. Vray lets you create any material you want, but before trying to make all kinds of funky ones, you first need to master the basics. However, by using only the standard Vray material, you can already create a wide variety of materials like plastics, glass, wood, chrome, alloy and so on.

This tutorial was created with V-ray version 2.0. You will probably be able to follow along with older versions, but some screenshots may vary, or some settings may be missing or will have a slightly different effect on image quality.

The included max files are all 3D Studio Max 2013. These will open fine in newer Max versions, but you will not be able to open them in older ones!

What will you learn?

Basic material properties

Starting from scratch, we'll cover basic material settings like diffuse color, reflection color, refraction color, etc... These properties are essential when creating any kind of material!

Create plastics, metals and glass

As we continue to cover all material properties, materials like shiny plastic, chrome, anodized alloy, colored glass etc... will come to life.

HDRI reflection environment

Nice reflections need a good environment, so we'll use a HDRI map to make sure our reflections look good. The hdri map is included in the tutorial for free!

IOR, fresnel, fog color, ...

To create more advanced materials, properties like ior, fresnel, fog color etc... are also covered in detail. We'll show you exactly what each setting does, and what it should be used for when creating Vray materials.

Load and edit free vray materials

As a bonus chapter, we'll go over the process of loading and editing Vray materials you can find for free online. As an example, we will download a wood material, and make sure that all textures are loaded and applied correctly to any object in your scene.

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What can you expect?

  • In depth information explaining what and why. Instead of summing up a bunch of settings, we explain everything. This means that after completing the tutorial, you will be able to create a wide variety of materials yourself.
  • Screenshots for every step of the tutorial, combined with some real world examples to make things even more clear.
  • We provide step by step instructions, in an easy to follow, human language.
  • All 3dsMax scene files are included, in case you get lost somewhere along the way, or simply to study the scene setup and settings.
  • As a bonus you also get a free HDRI map!
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