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Exterior scene lighting and settings in V-Ray 3.2

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Tutorial contentWords | 5894 3dsMax scene files | 4 Textures | 22 Photoshop files | 4

This tutorial is all about lighting and rendering exterior archviz scenes. We will be using a basic house model with some grass surrounding it and create a flexible lighting setup by using the V-Ray sun and sky system, while still retaining full control over every aspect of the rendered image (for example background image, reflections in windows, GI lighting etc...).

So we will cover things like V-Ray sun & sky system, HDRI lighting, environment images vs backplates, how to control window reflections, V-Ray domelight, V-Ray Physical Camera,...

We'll also convert the daylight scene into a night scene, which will be surprisingly easy once everything is set up correctly.

The 3D model of the house was kindly provided by Belly.be

This tutorial was created with V-ray version 3.2 . 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 created in 3D Studio Max 2013, but saved as 3D Studio Max 2010 files. So they will open fine in any Max version from 2010 up, but you will not be able to open them in older ones!

What will you learn?

Lighting setup from scratch

Build a custom and fully customizable lighting rig from scratch, while learning about all the pro's and cons of using different techniques to light a daylight scene.

Vray sun and sky system

The V-Ray Sun & Sky system plays an important role in exterior lighting. Learn how to set things up correctly, and how to control it using real world time, date an location settings.

Vray physical camera

The V-Ray physical camera is the preferred camera, especially to render scenes where the Sun & Sky system is used. Learn to control exposure, white balance, vignetting and more.

Background & window reflections

Different techniques to render with backplates will be explained, as well as special techniques to have precise control over glass window reflections. The result is a highly customizable scene setup to have full control over every aspect of your image!

Convert the exterior to a night scene

When everything is set up correctly, converting the daylight scene into a night scene is a breeze. The combination of Vray sun/sky and physical camera allows you to quickly change the mood of your image, as everything is nicely connected to each other.

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What can you expect?

  • In depth information about lighting, Vray Sun and Sky system, Vray physical camera and more!
  • Detailed explanations that also show what the pitfalls of each technique are.
  • By using a simple exterior model, we focus on the important aspects of lighting instead of getting lost in the details.
  • Screenshots for every step of the tutorial, so you can follow along with ease.
  • 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.
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