Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rendering 101- 3D Max 2014/ Vray 3.0



Click through for the original res images and save them in a folder. Name this folder and know where it is. Follow these and nothing else. Check everything. Then check them again. Keep checking them as you work because if one setting is off by even a fraction things can get very bad very fast.

About the annotations: Everything highlighted in any way is of primary importance. Do not skip any. These have to be changed to the values indicated to ensure correct rendering. All other values are of secondary concern; they are also necessary for correct renderings, but they default at those values so as long as you don't inadvertently change them, you'll be fine.

Click the coloured button in each section to toggle between Basic, Advanced and Expert modes. This will give you access to more parameters for finer control. All settings shown above are in Expert mode.

In the case of a rendering issue, making sure all values match the given settings will allow you to rule out the settings as the cause.

Do not touch Caustics. Seriously. Don't.

Bottom line: Do exactly what the images show, leave them that way and you should be fine.

These are settings for V-Ray 3.0 running on 3D Max 2014. There is some overlap if you're using older versions of either, but you shouldn't be. If you haven't the software, contact me and I'll see about getting it for you.

This is complex software you're dealing with; it will always have bugs. If something doesn't seem right, let me know so it can be dealt with. Soon. Don't wait for it to get worse. Especially if you're a week away from a deadline.

I am available via AOD email and a large number of you seem to have my number, so you have multiple ways of contacting me.

Go forth and render.

Monday, May 4, 2015


A little something done over the holidays to test out some new hardware and to document the workflow for my students.

Max for modeling, Corona for lighting. Set to 100 passes, rendered in little over two hours each. Post in PS for colours and such.

Two days from start to finish.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rendering 101- 3D Max 2013/ Vray 2.4

Render settings for Vray 2.4 on 3D Max 2013. These platforms are not by any means obsolete, but are aging and have been replaced with more capable versions. Migrating to Vray 3.0 on 3D Max 2014 is recommended.

Settings for the newer versions can be found here: 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sicily night

As promised, the evening/ night shot from the Sicily house. Again, somewhat altered, but the overall concept is the same. Interior lighting is overhead kitchen light and a standing lamp, exterior is deck lights and string lights in the trees along with a blueish ambient for the entire scene.

IR/LC for this, Brute Force was too noisy. 2800*1400px, 3 hour rendertime. Post for colours and bloom.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Backyard terrace in Sicily. Layout of the house has been altered in this visual for privacy reasons, but the general structure of the terrace and yard have been left the same.

Timber decking is CG Source's FloorGen, grass is three varieties of scattered proxies, tree leaf material is the usual 2sided. Lighting is Vray Sun with a high res image for the backplate. Everything else are basic materials.

BF and LC, almost 4hr rendertime for 2800*1400px image. Surprisingly enough, no colour correction; only post was for a water refraction change and a bit of grass smoothing.

Evening/ night shot soon.