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Interior lighting and render settings in V-Ray for 3dsMax

Light an interior scene in Vray - tutorial
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Rendering interior scenes with 3dsMax and V-Ray can sometimes be a daunting task. There are many ways to approach this subject, and you need a good technical understanding of V-Ray as render times are usually quite high. In this tutorial we will set up 2 different scenes with varying lighting schemes, each time render out a high quality image and explaining all the problems and solutions along the way.

This tutorial was created with V-ray version 3.0 . 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 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?

An approach to interior lighting

Learn the best way to set up all the necessary lights in your scene, how to create a realistic lighting balance and all the tricks to speed up rendering.

Vray skylight vs. window lights

We'll show you different techniques to get exterior sky- and sunlight into the interior. We'll also discuss the pro's and cons of each method, and how to adjust several important Vray settings to get a clean image.

Direct light vs. Global Illumination

Global illumination is very important in interior scenes, affecting rendertimes and shadow quality a lot. We'll discuss various ways to reduce the amount of GI light, and how to get the GI solution as clean as possible.

Scene & material optimizations

The first part of the tutorial will go over several steps to create a very clean, noise free image. This requires optimizations in both lighting and materials! We'll always discuss the effect on render times, and several ways to speed things up.

Quickly change lighting schemes

The second part of the tutorial will focus more on switching from one lighting setup to another. We'll use a different scene and create a daylight setup, add a V-Ray sun to it and finally convert it to a night scene.

Light and render interior scenes in Vray - 01Light and render interior scenes in Vray - 02
Light and render interior scenes in Vray - 03

What can you expect?

  • In depth information about lighting setups, Vray lights, VrayLight material, light balance, speed tricks, etc....
  • By using relatively 'simple' scenes, we focus on the important aspects of lighting and rendering 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.
  • As a bonus you also get all the models and textures used in the interior scenes!
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