Vray Essentials

Vray for Architects

Duration: 20 hours

Teaching Methodology: Hands on

Course Schedule: Schedule

Fees $250

Course Mode: Blended Face-to-face or online via Zoom


Tailored for architects and interior designers, this Vray course delves into the art of rendering both exterior and interior scenes. Explore the intricacies of Vray, mastering essential aspects such as lighting techniques, materials, render settings, physical cameras, and render elements. Acquire the skills needed to transform your design concepts into stunning, photorealistic visualizations.


Our students will become proficient in using this plugin to produce stunning and highly realistic 3D exterior and interior visualizations.

Topics Covered:

The Vray Frame Buffer
Global Switches
Image Sampler
Image Filter
Vray Lights
Vray Sun
Color Mapping
Gamma Correction
Global Illumination
Render Elements and Adobe Photoshop
The Vray Physical Camera
Vray Objects
Vray Materials
Unwrap UVW


Architects, interior designers, decorators, graphic designers, artists, animators, TV graphic designers, art directors, and anyone interested in creating 3D presentations.


3DS Max 1 for Architects and Interior Designers and Adobe Photoshop

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Vray Essentials 01
Vray Essentials 02
Vray Essentials 03
Vray Essentials 04


01 - Introduction to V-Ray

  • Making V-Ray the render engine
  • Making V-Ray the Default Renderer
  • Global switches: Advanced
  • Default Lights, Environment, the V-Ray Frame Buffer
  • Settings: Frame Stamp
  • Image Sampler: Progressive, Bucket
  • Global Illumination
  • Primary and secondary bounces
  • The Environment Rollout
  • Adding a Direct Omni Light, V-Ray Shadow
  • Introduction to Color Mapping to Control High and Low Color Values
  • Introduction to V-Ray Materials, Presets, Reflect, Fresnel Reflections
  • Show Last VFB, Saving, Opening in Photoshop
  • Download Lesson 01
Introduction to V-Ray

02 - The Basics

  • The V-Ray toolbar
  • Enabling the V-Ray frame buffer
  • Irradiance Map and Brute Force
  • Show Samples, Subdivs, Interpolation Samples
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Using Gradient Ramp for Environment
  • Progressive Image Sampler, Time Limit
  • Bucket Mode
  • Using Omni direct light to add V-Ray shadows
  • Introduction to Color Mapping
  • Introduction to V-Ray Materials
  • V-Ray Elements, Add VrayDenoiser
  • The Vray Frame Buffer Layers Panel
  • Render Setup, Common, Area to render: Region
  • Gamma Correction for Correct Output
  • Download Lesson 02
The Basics

03 - Rendering an Exterior Overpass Scene

  • Enable Gamma, Render Setup
  • Reviewing Indirect Illumination
  • Gradient Ramp as GI environment or Scene Environment
  • Replacing the Gradient Ramp with the VRayBitmap Sky (HDRI-Spherical)
  • Scene Environment, Views: Viewport Background, Adjusting the Sky
  • Adding V-Ray Light - Sphere
  • Help on VRaySun
  • Replacing the V-Ray light with the V-Ray Sun
  • Color Mapping: HSV Exponential, Color Mapping and Gamma
  • Replacing the HDRI Sky with Vraysky, the Sun Z Elevation
  • Help on Vray Lights, Plane, Disc, and Sphere
  • Rendering at higher quality, Resolution
  • Vraymtl with Reflection
  • VFB Options: Settings, History
  • VrayDenoiser
  • Download Lesson 03
  • Download HDRI Skies
Rendering an Airport Scene and Introduction to HDRI

04 - Rendering an Exterior Scene: Building

  • Importing the AutoCAD File
  • Units Setup, Import, Enable Gamma
  • Initializing V-Ray
  • Add a VRayCamera
  • Adding a Daylight System
  • Replacing the sun with the VRaySun
  • VRay Exposure Control
  • Adding a VRaySky Manually
  • Using V-Ray Material Using Presets
  • Using Standard Max Material then Converting It to V-Ray
  • Using the V-Ray Frame Buffer
  • Creating Sunset Scene
  • Rendering Using High-Quality Settings, Bucket Mode
  • Download Lesson 04
Rendering an Exterior Scene:  Building

05 - Rendering an Exterior Scene: Villa

  • Importing the File Villa
  • Creating the Road and Applying Material
  • Creating the Pavement
  • Vray Rendering and Setup
  • Creating Realistic Grass with Vray fur
  • Adding Entourage
  • Customize: Configure Project Paths
  • Render
  • Download Lesson 05
Rendering an Exterior Scene:  Villa

06 - Rendering an Exterior Night Scene

  • Open the File Chalet NirvanaWithPlants
  • Rendering: Material Explorer
  • Environment
  • Add VRaySun
  • Using VRay Dome Light to Project an HDRI
  • Afternoon Scene
  • Creating a Night Scene
  • VRay Disc Lights
  • Adding IES Lights, Disc Lights, Wall Mount Lights
  • Lens Effects
  • VFB Add the Layer Lens Effects, Enable bloom/glare
  • Color Mapping Reinhard or Linear Multiply
  • Download Lesson 06
  • Download IES Lights
Rendering an Interior Scene

07 - Rendering an Interior Scene

  • Open the File Model_start.max, Enable Gamma
  • Color Mapping
  • Exposure Control
  • Indirect Illumination
  • Using the VRayMtlWrapper
  • Direct Lights, Vray Sun
  • Help On VRay Sun
  • Apply Material to the Sofas and the table
  • Adding Carpet and Carpet Material
  • God Rays
  • Download Lesson 07
Rendering an Exterior Scene:  Villa

08 - Using Various Lights with V-Ray

  • Standard Lights and Light Cache
  • Photometric Lights/IES
  • V-Ray Plane Lights
  • V-Ray Disc Lights - Planar Disc
  • V-Ray Mesh Light - Any Mesh as Light
  • V-Ray Ambient Lights to Simulate GI
  • Objects as Light Sources
  • Turning Off Default Lights
  • Creating a Light Using a Cone and a Photometric Light
  • Download Lesson 08
Rendering an Interior Scene

09 - Libraries/Settings/Material Explorer

  • Importing Materials and Objects from Other V-Ray Files
  • Importing Lights from Other V-Ray Files
  • Importing Settings from Other V-Ray Files
  • Importing all the Materials from a V-Ray File
  • Download Lesson 09
Using Various Lights with V-Ray

10 - Image Sampler/Filters

Using Files from Libraries

11 - Global Switches, IPR, and Proxies

  • Global Switches
  • IPR/Interactive Production Rendering
  • Using Proxies to Reduce Workload on Viewports
  • Import a Tree, 7, Isolate, Attach List, Right-click: V-Ray Mesh Export, Check Automatically Create Proxies
  • Select Tree, Modify Tab, Proxy Parameters, Display Options, 7, Render
  • Import as Mesh to Import the Full Mesh as a Copy
  • Download Lesson 11
Learning by Examples

12 - Learning by Examples

V-Ray Material

13 - Materials

VRay Physical Camera, VRay Objects, Batch Rendering

14 - Unwrap UVW

Revit to 3DS Max to VRay

15 - Render Elements

VRay Physical Camera, VRay Objects, Batch Rendering

16 - Physical Camera

  • Using the VRay Physical Camera
  • Help on VrayPhysical Camera
  • Camera Controls Bottom Right Corner
  • Camera Properties
  • The Camera Rollout to Control How the Geometry Is Projected Onto Image
  • The Camera Rollout Is Ignored If You Are Using a Physical Camera
  • Download Lesson 16 324MB
Revit to 3DS Max to VRay

17 - Revit/Max/Lumion

VRay Physical Camera, VRay Objects, Batch Rendering

18 - Managing Projects

Revit to 3DS Max to VRay