Interior 3D Rendering with 3ds Max + Vray : The Quickest Way
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Interior 3D Rendering with 3ds Max + Vray : The Quickest Way

Become an expert in modelling, lighting, rendering + post production in 3ds Max, Vray and Photoshop in under 90 minutes
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What you'll learn
  • Create a photo realistic image from scratch
  • Have the knowledge to create photo realistic images every time.

  • Know the secrets the professionals use to stand out from the crowd.

  • Learn the value of systems and how to use them
  • Understand how professional studios work
  • Master the workflow pros use day to day to make 3D renders
  • Discover how the pros do it so you can create your own Photorealistic 3D Renders in under 90 minutes
  • Post production with Photoshop like the pros
  • Have the skills needed to work in the 3D rendering industry
  • Improve your 3D rendering quality
  • How to model from plans
  • How to copy and paste between 3ds Max scenes
  • How to quickly find 3D Assets
  • How to add furniture and accessories in 3ds Max
  • Adding windows, doors and curtains
  • How the pros create 3D wooden floors with Floor Generator and 3ds Max
  • Camara Creation
  • 3D Lighting set up
  • How to create fast preview renders with V-Ray
  • How to create materials with Vray
  • How to use the 3ds max UVW map modifier
  • How to use Multi Sub objects
  • Adding materials to your 3ds Max scene
  • Creating a Final render with Vray
  • Professional Post production in Adobe Photoshop
  • We will be using 3ds Max (2015 and up), Vray and Photoshop.
  • A basic understanding of the 3ds Max user interface. If not check out my Introduction To 3ds Max: The Quickest Way
  • Experience in 3D Rendering is a bonus but not essential.

Designed for all levels of 3ds Max and Vray users, you'll learn how to master 3D rendering and useful techniques used in 3ds Max to create amazing images. Here's more detail about what you'll learn in this best selling 3ds Max and Vray Class...     

3D Rendering with 3ds Max and Vray.

Do you want to make better 3d renderings, but don't have a spare 14 hours? 
You're here because you want to create photo realistic renders with 3ds Max and Vray, right?
Are you having trouble achieving photo realistic results?

In this project based course I am going to walk you step by step through how to create photo realistic images every time, no more hoping for a good result. You can follow along with your own project or use the example scene. 

By the end of this 90 minute tutorial series you will have

  • Mastered the 3D Rendering Workflow

  • Have the knowledge to create photo realistic images every time.

  • Know the secrets the professionals use to stand out from the crowd.

It's great to have you here. I LOVE 3D RENDERING ESPECIALLY 3DS MAX AND VRAY!

The Interior 3D Rendering with 3ds Max + Vray course is the highest quality course I've ever put out! And I'm proud to invite you to join us in the course today. It's the course about 3d rendering I needed 10 years ago!


This course is perfect for anyone that wants to learn the quickest way to make high end images that sell, win awards and get published in international magazines. These are the exact steps I have used when working with world famous companies and featured in countless international publications.

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  • Free download of my preview and final render setting presents 

  • 3ds Max scene start files so you can just open and start

  • Follow along to the step by step guide

  • What scripts to use speed up workflow

  • Access to pre made assets

What makes me qualified to teach you?


These are just a few projects I have worked on, not to mention the hotels, cars, apartments and homes. I have spent the last 10 years figuring out how to make world class renders. I did this through a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts from Universities in the UK, working for some of the best design teams in places like Monaco, USA and UK. You can get all my knowledge . Seriously, I will teach you the most important things that will get you making remarkable 3D images.

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"After finishing this course i feel very confident working with VRAY. It just takes like 90 minutes but i learned so so much about render setup, materials, etc. So I absolutely recommend this course to anyone who wants to get started with VRAY!"   - Pascal Bürkle

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My Promise to You I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message.  I want to make this the best course on how to create photorealistic images with 3ds Max and Vray. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

What's this course all about? Get ready to create images that will improve your confidence, clients and pricing. If you've always wanted to learn how the professionals create remarkable images and land the best contracts, you can learn 3ds Max and Vray right now.

Practice lessons will get you motivated and moving to your goals. The lessons are meant to teach you how to think like a 3D Visualisation Artist. 3ds Max is a robust tool that is capable of creating almost any 3d graphics out there. Don't be intimidated, you will learn everything you need to know to create photo realistic renders and then apply slick post production in Photoshop. All of this in under 90 minutes!

Key things you will learn:

  • How to model from plans

  • How to copy and paste between 3ds Max scenes

  • How to quickly find 3D Assets

  • How to add furniture and accessories

  • Adding windows, doors and curtains

  • How the pros create wooden floors

  • Camara Creation

  • Lights set ups

  • How to create fast preview renders

  • How to create materials with Vray

  • How to use the UVW map modifier

  • How to use Multi Sub objects

  • Adding materials to your 3ds Max scene

  • Creating a Final render with Vray

  • Post production in Adobe Photoshop

Knowing 3ds Max is a great skill to have that is in demand and highly marketable. These are the exact steps I use to deliver remarkable work to dream clients. I've landed many jobs with the skills that I teach you in this course.

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Who this course is for:
  • Interior Designers, Architects, 3D Generalists
  • 3D Visualization Artists, 3D Artists, 3Ds Max Users
  • 3D Visualisation Artists
  • New and experienced 3ds Max users who want to create photo realistic 3D renderings.
  • Anyone who would like to make money creating photo realistic 3d renderings.
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 01:26:34
+ 3D Rendering in a Studio with 3ds Max and Vray
3 lectures 06:48

In this video, I will show you where to find the software we will be using.

3ds Max -

Vray -

Photoshop -

Download and Install 3ds Max, Vray + Photoshop

I am going to demonstrate the studio scene with a model I used for a recent project but if you have your own models you want to use that really the intention here.

I want us to get straight into rendering some images that you can start uploading to your portfolio.
If you haven't got a portfolio yet I would recommend using Behance as it is quick to set up and easier than creating your own website.

If you are not familiar with 3ds Max you should what the 1-minute startup movies that pop up when you start max.

So the first thing to do is download the studio scene from the resources of this lesson.
Open this up. 
So this is our studio set up.
We have our camera, the main fill light and to side lights with a white background.

Press C you will go to your camera. If you hit the render button you will see what we are working with.

So let's find some furniture. My favourite place to get high-quality furniture models is 3DSky.
So this is the model I used for a recent project if you want to use your own that's great. 
If you don't have any yet you can purchase one from here or they have tons of pretty good models for free.

So I'm going to download the model. Extract it. (desktop)
Then back to our scene I will go to file > import and merge and select the file we just extracted.
Select them both and hit import.
Hit T to go to top view and move them forward.
We can then move them into position, rotate them a little.

The first thing I notice is that we have some missing textures.
The best way to fix this is with a script called  Relink Bitmaps.

This will relink all the missing textures to the materials. This will mean the materials will render correctly.
To start off let's download the latest Relink Bitmaps script.
And we can just drag and drop this into the viewport.
Then we go to customise and drag it onto the toolbar when you open it you can hit ok and you will see the list of missing textures.

The textures will be in your download folder on your computer so let's navigate there and make sure we tick on use subfolders.
This should find all you missing textures.

Later on, I will show you how to get some really nice depth of field detail shots like this.
But for now, we can hit render.
The Vray frame buffer also has some nice post tools built in so click here and play with the levels a little and add a bit of an S curve.

Once that's done go here and hit save chairs.jpg
There we have our first render.
You can now upload them to your portfolio.

Also, post them in the Q and A section of this video so we can all see what everyone is up too.

Preview 04:54
Check out the video 'Rendering with a Studio Scene' It is 5 minutes and designed to get you creating renders straight away. ​ The Challenge - The scene file is included in the resources section. Download the scene file, add your own models and hit render. Upload your renders
New Studio 3D Rendering Video + Scene File and a Challenge
1 question
+ 3D Modeling in 3ds Max
2 lectures 08:25
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Modelling a shell from plans in 3ds Max
+ Populating the 3ds Max scene
4 lectures 14:38
Copy and Pasting between 3ds Max scenes

After the last lesson you should have something that looks like this. Normally you will have a brief from the client but it is always a good idea to base your image off of some reference images. Even if it is just for a general feel.

Using Pintrest I found this image to base our design off of.

Next thing we want to do is go about getting the furniture. A few years ago we would have to model everything from scracth but lucky we now have access to many great libraries. In the resources there is a PDF called Websites. In here you will find a list of websites for furniture, props and materials.

My personal favourite is 3D Sky. The models are very affordable at around $6 a model and they also have some great free models to.

You can search on here for the models you need.

Don’t worry to much about the materials on the objects as you can change them later.

I like this bed here. I’ll continue to go through 3d Sky to find elements I want to use in my scene.

So all in all these models cost $18 compared to a day or two of modelling, it makes sense if you look at your day rate.

Once you have all the models you want for the scene, use the technique shown in the last lesson to import them into your scene.

Open up each scene with you downloaded. Any warnings that pop up just hit ok. We will relink the textures later.

Import each object and put into place. Move the accessoriesto either side.

One last thing is that there are lights in the spot lights which we can delete. Ungroup and delete them. Do the same on the lamp.You can then close all the groups. Also select the bulb material in the side lights using the Material picker and change this to 1 and compensate camera exposure.

So in this lesson we have found reference images on Pinterest, found and downloaded models. Imported and placed models in the scene.

Adding Furniture and Props in 3ds Max

I created a downloadable scene called Windows Doors and Curtains

Lets open the scene and use Copitor to get them into are Master Scene.

Lets move them into place.

If you want to use this in other scenes you can resize it using ffd modifiers. The windows can also be modified to fit.

Lets move them into place.

Adding coving. Lets create a line - create - shape - line draw around the room, avoiding the door. Once that's done move it down to the floor. Add a sweep modifier change it to bar, height to 12cm and width to 1 cm and move the pivot to the bottom left.

Adding Windows and Curtains to the 3ds Max scene

Now we will use an awesome plugin called by CG Source. Go to 

You will need to log in its free.

Once logged in download

Multi Texture Map

Floor Generator and

Now open up the files in your downloads and extract them.

Lets start with Multi texture.

Select your version of 3ds Max, so in my case I am using 2016. I will right click and copy that into the plugins folder with is located in C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\plugins

Next up Floor Generator goes in the same place so select 2016 and paste it in the plugins folder.

Lets save our scene and reopen to load the new plugins.

Using the light bulb in the bottom toolbar we can isolate just the walls and floor.

Now what we want to do is create a rectangle spline. Go to Create Shapes and Rectangle. 

Make sure snaps is on hit T to go to top view and create a rectangle the size of the room. Then in the front view (F) align the new rectangle with the floor. 

F3 will make the viewport change to wireframe. Now with the rectangle selected add the Floor Generator modifier. In here we can change the Width to 15cm and Length to 600cm

Looking good, now we have the floor in we will need to move everything that was on the floor up a little. Lets do this in the left view.

In this lesson we have installed 2 plugins and made our wooden floor. Next up we will look at adding a camera and lights.

Adding Wooden Flooring in 3ds Max
+ Cameras and Lighting for 3D Rendering
1 lecture 09:42

First thing we are going to do is add a Vray Camera. Generally I like to add cameras around 1.4metres high. Go to the top view and go to Create cameras Physical. 

I draw a box of around 1.4m high and in the left view move it in line. Then select the camera Right click and Select Target. Hold Ctrl and Select the Camera again. This way we move the Camera target as well as the Camera. 

Move it up and delete the box. Hit C to view what the camera can see. In the top left you can select camera. Lets use the navigation in the bottom left to get a nice angle. About now is a good time to decide on the dimension of the image. Lets go for 1920x1080 for now.

Go to render set up and change this. Then Shift F will show the framing. Lucky as we are working in 3D we can move through walls so lets go to the top view, F3. Then in the camera settings - Misc, enable clipping planes. 

When we scroll up and down you will see a red line appear that is where we will clip through. If it is not moving quick enough hold Ctrl whilst scrolling. You can see the effect here in the camera view. I like to get diagonals to corners. 

 Also in Perspective Control turn on Auto Vertical Tilt Correction.This will make sure all your Verts are straight and make the image look a lot nicer. Also in Exposure Hit Install Exposure Control

Nice now lets light our scene. In the top view lets Create a Vray Light anywhere and change it to Dome.

Lets go to Noemotion Day and download the HDRI.

Back in Max change the res to 1024 and samples to 30 and in options change to invisible this will hide the the hdr so we can add a background image.

Open the Material Editor (M) Get Material - Maps and Vray HDRI.

Extract the HDRI from the zip and load it into the Bitmap slot. Change the mapping to Spherical. The overall multipler to 1.5 and bring the inverse gamma down to 0.65. Drag and instance this material into the Texture slot in the light.

The HDRI will be our main environment light. This is key and the first step in lighting a scene.

Now lets add a couple of spot lights to the lamps. Create Light VrayLight and change it to sphere. Multpler of 15, Temp 3900, radius to 3.5, subdivs 32, invisible. In the top view lets move the light into position. And then Instance it over to the over light by holding Shift when you move the Light.

The difference between an instance and a copy is that and instance will copy the settings of the other intances.

So lets make a copy and put it on the lamp and bring down the multiplier to

For testing it is best to hide all the furniture for testing. Right Click and hide selected the furniture.

In the resources you should find the PREVIEW Render Settings file. Close the material editor and hit F10 to open up the render settings. Load up the Preview Settings and hit ok.

In here we have an override material on, this means everything in the scene will be rendered with a basic material on. We do need to exclude the glass from this so we allow light in through it. Do do this lets go to exclude and select the glass.

Now lets hit F9 to render. So we can see now that it’s quite dark so lets bring the Target Exposure down to 3. That's looking pretty good.

We have been through a lot in this lesson. But made good progress. We have Added a camera, a HDRI light and rendered a preview image. Next up lets start looking at materials.

Adding a Vray Camera, Lights and Previewing in 3ds Max
+ Vray Materials in 3ds Max
5 lectures 25:31

In this video I will show you how to create basic materials in 3ds Max.

Creating Basic Vray Materials in 3ds Max

In this video I will show you how to use the UVW Map modifier in 3ds Max.

UVW Mapping in 3ds Max

In this video I will show you how to use Multi Sub Objects in 3ds Max. This will let you add more than one material to a single object.

Using Multi Sub Objects in 3ds Max

It is important to keep everything in one place and organised. To do this we are going to use a script called Relink Bitmaps

This will relink all the missing textures to the materials. This will mean the materials will render correctly. Once we have relinked the textures will will put them all into one file so we stay organised.

To start off lets download the latest Relink Bitmaps script. Add we can just drag and drop this into the viewport. Then we go to customise and drag it onto the toolbar when you open it you can hit ok and you will see the list of missing textures. 

Most of these textures will be in your download folder on your computer so lets navigate there and make sure we tick on use sub folders. This should find all you missing textures. Next up we will go over to Utilities and hit more and select Resource Collector. 

This will move all the textures to one place so lets move them to where you have been saving your scene. Make sure to tick on update materials and select the folder you want the textures to be. And hit begin. It might take a little while. You can see all the textures are now in one folder.

Now lets go to the Vray Settings and turn off the material override and see where we are. If the image is rendering dark you may need to turn on this SRGB button. We will work on this later.

Its starting to look good, but we are missing some materials. I have pre made the materials we will need for the rest of the scene using the techniques I described in the basic materials class. Hit M go to Get Material and open material libary. Change to max and load up Materials.max

If you right click you can make these thumbnails bigger. Now double click to add the material to a new slot.

Add the White Paint to the Walls. With the material selected and the object hit Assign Material Selection. Wall and ceiling. To make the feature wall lets select the faces we want the map to be shown on and detach them in the edit poly. Apply the Wall paper material and then add a UVW map modifier. Change the alignment to Y. If you hit 1 you will be able to manipulate the UVW Map. Lets rotate 180.

I noticed that some of the pictures are missing from the frames you can load these by going to folder you downloaded and drag and drop them into the bitmap slot in the material editor.

Wood Floor Material. So if we apply the wood floor material you will notice we are missing the texture. lets go over to this great making of by Vizcon and download the wood planks he has been kind enough to give away.

Manage Textures and add the wood by Ctrl A and OK.

I think the wood should be darker. We can do this by adding a composite, duplicate it and put it on multiple and maybe we duplicate it again.

In this lesson we have applied materials and now we are ready to send our final render.

Materials in our 3ds Max Scene
Adding an Exterior Background Image
+ Final Rendering and Post Production for our 3D Rendering
3 lectures 16:29

Load up the Final Render preset and change the paths in frame buffer to your Project folder and hit render. This image took around 1 hour 20 mins on my laptop

One of the last things to do is create a Render Mask, lets download Render Mask Plugin from Script Spot and install it. Restart Max and open up the scene again.

Customise RenderMask, Ctrl A and open rendermask, go to the wire colour tool and hit random, then chose render colour and render. Save this out and call it render mask. Lets also render out an AO with a radius of 10 and 32 subdivs. Save this as AO.

Well done you have created a pretty decent render, now lets see how we can add the finishing touches in photoshop.

Render the final image with Vray

On the Render Mask site it says it is only supported up until 3ds Max 2017. I can confirm it works on 2018 and above. Here is how to get it working.

How To Install Render Mask for 3ds Max 2018 and Above

Lets take a look at finishing off your render. Open up the render. RGB_color. First thing I would do is Duplicate the layer with Ctrl J and change it to a smart object. Smart objects are really useful if you need to update your render later

Color Balance -12 Cyan

Levels 10 0.92 229

Curves S

Drag your Render Mask on next. In view you can turn on snaps to make putting the layers on top easier so they align.

Using the render mask with the magic wand tool we can now select certain areas. Be sure to have contagious off and tolerance to around 8.

Diffuse on soft light at 50% and paint out areas with a mask. Glass etc. RC with brush selected and chose a soft brush. Black will remove. I think this makes the image pop a little.

Next up to add some depth lets add the Vray Extra Tex. On a multiply at 33% and paint out unneeded areas.

Next Vray Lighting with has come in a bit noisy so we can use a reduce noise 10 , 0. Soft Light around 10% and paint out unneeded

Vray Reflection -Soft Light 55%. Paint out

Vray Specular - Screen - 58%

Color Look up filmstock_50 - foggy night 25%, use gradients from the outside

Exposure +0.50 and paint out window.

Sheers, Select and Levels

Looks good drop in and resize, hold shift. Put to back and mask original. Exposure and effect only below. +0.72 Gamma 3.53.

Ctrl J and E

Auto Color at 50% (shift F)

Auto Contrast

Convert to Smart Object


Filter, Camera Raw Filter

-2, 0 , +10, -8, +6, +9, -10, +4, +19, -3, -5

Down to 70%

One last thing the bed head more blue with a color balance.

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