Exterior 3D Rendering with 3ds Max + Corona 3, Fastest Way!
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Exterior 3D Rendering with 3ds Max + Corona 3, Fastest Way!

3ds Max + Corona intro course: Creating 3D Architectural Exterior Renderings, from beginner to advanced
3.9 (24 ratings)
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1,336 students enrolled
Created by Charles Perez
Last updated 12/2018
English [Auto]
Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 13 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn to model entire houses in 3ds Max, with 100% Architectural Accuracy, from scratch!
  • Create 3d Models of houses from 2D AutoCAD Plans (or PDF), easily, step by step
  • Jump-start your Corona Renderer 3.0 training with the fastest methods
  • Learn Corona 3.0 materials, Cameras, Render Settings, and Super-FAST Rendering techniques
  • Acquire the abilities to Work at an Architecture Company, become a Freelancer, or start your own Rendering Studio and charge Thousands of Dollars per project!
  • Learn my methods of Super-Fast 3d Modeling, adding Materials, Lighting and Rendering extremely Fast even on low-end PCs
  • Learn How and Where to find free 3d Assets available on the internet, royalty-free.
  • Have complete control over Scene Lighting, Sun and Environment, control sun burn-out, sky intensity, grass color, and more. (Corona Post)
  • Discover the Workflow of the Pros, so you can create photorealistic Exterior Renderings in about 90 minutes, and render final images in 3 to 5 minutes.
  • How to set up a 3d Camera with Real-World settings, I teach you about basic photography for Rendering
  • Create super-fast Preview renders with no noise, in final color and quality, within seconds using Corona 3.0
  • Work with Corona Materials in-depth.
  • How to map objects in your scene with perfect tiling, adjust scale, reflections, refractions, 3d displacement
  • Physical Materials: Learn how to use the powerful Corona Materials Library and quickly map your objects.
  • Add photo realistic 3D People ( Twenty (20) 3D people included! ), to scale, into your scenes.
  • Learn to add 3D Landscaping, Trees, Grass, and Flowers (models included), and Optimize the scene from millions of polygons to a small amount
  • Learn to scatter complex Grass and Flower objects, millions of times around your terrain, without a heavy computing or render cost
  • Adjust the look of your 3D Landscaping easily, foliage, flowers, all from within Corona, interactively without re-rendering
  • How to import objects from any 3ds max scene file, and Merge into your Scene, find missing maps
  • Create low-poly versions of complex objects to optimize your scene.
  • How to use various skies to give different moods to your images (2 Scenes Included! 1 Day and 1 Afternoon Shot)
  • HDRI Lighting in Corona: Simulate any sky and atmosphere with free files found online, royalty-free
  • Post production in Photoshop of Render Elements like the Pros. Make your renders look photographic.
  • The Secrets to Photorealism: From Corona, to Photoshop, I teach you the secrets to make an image get to photo-realism with minimal effort, with a proven Workflow
  • We will be using 3ds max (2014 and up) 64-bit, Corona 3.0 (free demo online or buy a monthly license), and Photoshop.
  • A basic understanding of the 3ds max user interface. Creation of primitives, and viewport navigation. If not please check out my FREE Intro to 3ds Max: The Fastest Way
  • Knowledge of CAD is ideal, but not required - I teach you how to work the basics.
  • A basic understanding of how to read 2D Floorplan and Elevations is ideal, but not required, as we go into this in detail inside the course.

About This Course:

When I first decided to made this course, I designed it to bring fast learning to basic 3ds Max users, SketchUp users, and complete newcomers to 3d rendering alike . There are not a lot of tutorials out there on the internet, that teach the Method of the PROs for learning to Model and Render houses and architectural structures from zero, professionaly.

So, I created this course, and designed it to not teach you 3ds max as a generalist, but more with a concentrated focus on Architectural Modeling, fast modeling techniques, understanding a Workflow and establishing a Method to model ANY architectural structure, from zero, with just 2D Plans.

Also the "new" Corona 3.0 rendering engine has started to gain more and more users in 2018, due to its simplicity and fast ability to produce photorealistic images EASILY, to some point beating V-Ray's complexity in producing the same results.  That's why I decided to make this course to make you a Corona PRO in 5 hours.


  • teaches 3ds Max and Corona from the very beginning, with a focus on architectural modeling + super-fast Rendering.

  • starts a project from zero, all the way to the end.

  • show the exact workflow that I use daily as a 3d architectural renderings firm owner and professional 3d artist.

  • learn my UI setup, shortcuts, etc (all downloadable for your use)

  • get to download entire 3ds Max files complete with textures, at different points in the modeling process, ready to render.

  • uses 3ds Max 2014 and above, so as long as you have any version after that, you should be able to follow without problems.

  • contains 4+ hours of on-demand video from start to finish. if you are an intermediate user, select your topic and start learning at your own level, from beginner to advanced.


  • my course fills in the gaps of the latest software features, and I'm constantly updating and filling you in with new features and methods to work and render faster.

  • more advanced techniques (i.e. HDRI lighting, direct sunlight, skylight, etc)

  • more advanced and complex projects, I teach you to model any architectural structure in 3d.

  • currently (4) additional projects to follow along with, including an advanced exterior with completely different dramatic lighting setups.

  • super high production quality 1080p videos.

  • (20) 3d people objects, photorealistic quality, INCLUDED in the course. These can also be found online in public domain.

  • (4) 3d cars included INCLUDED in the course. These can also be found on the internet royalty-free but I have included them for you here.

  • new projects coming soon

About 3ds Max and Corona 3.0 :

Knowing how to use these two applications together is an invaluable skill in the 3d industry. I taught myself how to use these programs since 2005 when I was asked to produce an architectural rendering at a graphic design studio, and now I get paid extremely well for my expertise in the field. I delivery 3d renderings and animations, 3d floorplans, Siteplan visualizations, to architects and large developers throughout the USA. 3d is not just my hobby, it is also how I support my family and bought my luxury 2-story apartment, two BMWs, 1 SUV. I have worked hard for this and have delivered all my hard years of work and expertise, poured into this course with the fastest most efficient methods for you to learn.

I can teach you, and you can start a career in 3d as well. Everything you need to get started is in this course, from the free software demos and the Complete Scene Files I provide, you will have everything you need to jump-start your career. You just need a computer with Windows 64-bit, and the desire to learn 3d.  By the end you will be able to read 2d AutoCAD drawings, import them to 3ds Max, align floorplans, roof plans and elevations, model ANY building in 3d including any architectural details such as arches and splines, chamfering, and filling up your portfolio with polished work. Remember, you do not typically need formal training to get a job in 3D, or to start your own renderings studio. No degrees are required, just a solid skillset and fast work method, and a solid work ethic. What it takes is an awesome portfolio, so let's get started on yours today.

Some Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • Are you currently in a job you don't enjoy? Jobs in 3d are seriously fun and rewarding!  Once you get experience they will be fun AND rewarding.

  • Are you an architecture student who needs to learn the latest software QUICK, to present your designs properly? To stand out from the others? This course can get you up and running QUICK!, with the latest versions of Corona. Plus, you'll learn it the right way, from a pro. Also I teach you the FASTEST render settings so you don't have to wait hours for a render, but just minutes.

  • Are you a SketchUp user who wants to migrate into a more robust modeling solution like 3ds Max, and are ready to take your 3d skills to the next level? SketchUp is good at what it does, but it simply cannot produce photorealistic images. It cannot model and scatter Millions of realistic grass blades, either. I teach you how to do all this with 3ds Max + Corona. What about the Forest Pack plug-in? Forget about needing to buy that one, since Corona has built-in tools to scatter proxy objects, which I also teach you in this course. 
    Also, you can take your SketchUp file, then learn to import it into 3ds Max and render with Corona, the most efficient rendering engine for architecture, more efficient than V-Ray at producing realistic results, easier, faster.

  • Are you a practicing architect that needs a better way to portray your designs to clients? If so you've come to the right place . I am an expert at just that an do it for a living.

Course Structure (Original 4+hrs of instruction)

  • For beginners that have a basic understanding of the 3ds Max Interface (basic scene navigation, object manipulation, rotation, etc). I show you how to get the software as a free trial. I teach you how to custimze your UI with efficient shortcuts to optimize often-used tasks. You can skip all of this if you are more experienced.

  • Next we will start with the actual modeling of 2D to 3D from AutoCAD plans (AutoCAD knowledge NOT required!). I will show you different modeling techniques, and we will begin to work on modeling a real-world house. Again, all files are provided, even at different stages of the 3d modeling process.

  • At the same time as we are modeling, I start to teach you the basics of Corona materials, and cameras, so that you learn how to properly frame a shot based on building shape, start mapping your objects as you model them (save time!).

  • Then will go into Corona in-depth settings and start playing with lighting, materials, cameras, render settings, how to optimize your render times, etc.

  • Finally, we will learn how to improve our final images with Photoshop. I give some great post-processing workflows in this course, using masks, blurring, color balance, hue saturation, selective color range, and most importantly, I teach you the method of thinking when you approach an architectural rendering in Photoshop.

  • By the end you will be able to create architectural renderings on your own with a completely professional setup and workflow. Then it is your turn to start practicing your skills, creating stunning work, building a portfolio and landing a job or starting your own renderings company by selling your services online.

  • AFTER THE INITIAL PROJECT - once you have completed your first project, I also provide another bonus video on how to change the Lighting from Day to Cloudy sunset mood, all within Corona, then take it into Photoshop. This way you will be able to provide truly stunning images to your clients / job.

How Will you Benefit from This Course ? 

If you are a beginner, this course will start slowly, guiding you step by step on how to draw walls, then windows, then roofs, then architectural details such as soffits and complex details. I teach you my workflow, avoiding other unnecesary 3ds Max features, and we will take all the steps necessary for you to model in 3d from scratch, and edit your mistakes as well.

If you are at an Intermediate level, you can jump straight to the content you want, from advanced modeling to landscaping and complex grass scattering, and rendering hundreds of millions of polygons efficiently to HDRI Lighting combined with other lighting methods in Corona 3.

If you are an Experienced user, take this course to polish your Corona skills to the latest version, and find out how to cut your render-times to a factor of up to 5X less. That's right, five times faster. Also you can streamline your workflow with my proven method. I show all my tips and tricks that I use every day to produce arch viz projects fast and on budget. You could be producing arch viz renderings from start to finish in as little as 2 to 3 days for your clients/job. There is no need to sacrifice quality and creativity if you acquire the proper workflow which I teach you and know where to find the proper resources for every job, which I also teach you at the end.

Ready To Start?

What are you waiting for? If you're still not sure, check out my preview videos. Also check out my company, The Render Cafe, which I have owned and operated since 2007.  Also, check out my profile to the left and see some of my portfolio renderings. Cool, right? Want to make some of your own images look this good? Let's get started, at your own pace, then take the skills I teach you and practice.

OR just take my base scenes and bring your 3d models from SketchUp / another program and drop them into my scenes for PERFECT Lighting and Landscaping ready, every time !

Remember, I provide ALL the files and download links that you need for everything. There are no missing textures or proxy objects, everything is there, PLUS :

+ You get (20) photorealistic 3D-People to use in your own scenes!  
+ (3) photorealistic high-poly Car Models
+ (8) foliage items from photo-real Trees to Grasses and Flowers.

Come with nothing, leave with TWO finished projects (different skies / mood shots), a set of 3d items to dress up your 3d Exterior scenes, and a great knowledge base.

Start your 3d Career Today!


*A 4+ hr training for $49.99 is a pretty good deal. Sure beats a semester at community college :)

*30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked! (If you hate it, get a refund)

-Charles Perez

Professional 3D Artist
CEO and Founder, The Render Cafe

Who this course is for:
  • Interior Designers, Architects and Arch Students, 3D Generalists
  • 3ds max Users, V-ray Users who want to learn a much more efficient (and faster) render engine specifically for ArchViz
  • New and experienced 3ds max users who want to learn to create Photorealistic Exterior images
  • Anyone who would like to learn how to EARN MONEY by creating 3d photo realistic renderings.
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 04:03:12
+ Welcome! Let's get you Set Up.
4 lectures 07:24
What you'll Need (pretty much Nothing! Start with $0)

REQUIRED:  You **must** download the "ALL_ASSETS.zip" file attached here, and read the Lecture , follow the steps to Unzip the file into the correct directory, then you can continue with this Course below.

ALL REQUIRED SCENE FILES FOUND HERE - Download the attached Resource below.
IMPORTANT : How to set File Paths using Asset Tracker
Using the links in the previous article, please download the "Scene 1" ZIP file, unzip the files into your Desktop or another folder, and open "3dsmax_Step_1_CAD_Only.max". Make sure you can see the AutoCAD floorplan and elevation lined up. Then continue with the Lecture.
Download and Open Scene 1 with your 3ds Max on your PC
1 question
+ Important: About Udemy REVIEWS ... (please kindly rate my course!)
1 lecture 00:25
Important: About Udemy REVIEWS ... (please kindly rate my course!)
+ 3D Modeling of a House, from 2D Plans to full 3D with 3ds Max
5 lectures 01:17:21

In this first video I show you how to import AutoCAD files, align them in 3d, start tracing walls from CAD files, and how to extrude them to the correct height of the Elevations. Even if you are a complete 3ds max beginner, I take you step by step, so that you understand the method and workflow.

Preview 16:41

In this Lecture I will show you more advanced modeling techniques to model Windows, Doors, cut polygons using QuickSlice, and more. At the end of this video you will have a firm understanding of how to model any architectural detail inside an Elevation, into full 3d objects.

Modeling Windows and other details, Introduction to Corona Materials and Mapping

In this video I show you the basic of how to read a Roofplan, and the most effective way to create individual roof sections. It is a must-study for any aspiring architectural 3D Renderings Artist

Introduction to Roof modeling

In this Lecture, I show you faster methods of speed-modeling the Roofs of a house in full 3d. Since roofs modeling can be  time-consuming, this video is an ideal study into complex roof modeling with a fast and efficient workflow.

More Roof modeling, with fast techniques

In this video, we start to model Roof Soffits and other architectural details, I teach you how to model them step by step, using a variety of 3ds max modeling techniques. After watching this video, you should be starting to get a grasp on the fundamentals of intermediate complexity modeling, and use your own abstract thinking in order to model any basic architecture structure.

Modeling Soffits, Fascias & other details
In this Assignment, I want you to learn the importance of being able to model any 3d roofs in 3d, using only the Roofplan and any available Elevations.
Finish modeling all the Roofing in 3D
1 question
+ Corona Lighting
2 lectures 44:19

In this Lecture, we learn how to add HDRI images in Corona, how to adjust their Intensity and other settings, rotate them around our scene. I also teach you how to follow a Real-world Photography settting workflow, by tweaking your HDRIs, not your Cameras.

Introduction to HDRI Lighting in Corona 3.0
Advanced Lighting in Corona, Cameras, Displacement, & Post Effects in-Engine
+ Adding Landscaping - 3D Trees, Flowers, and realistic 3D Grass
3 lectures 01:13:46
Adding 3D Landscaping + Corona Sun, more Corona Lighting Tricks
Adding 3D Grass with Corona Scatter (Free, no extra plugins needed!)
Adding 3D Cars, and Corona Depth of Field
+ Corona Render Settings - Rendering FAST!
2 lectures 14:47
Clean Renders in ~1-2 Minutes! Fastest Render Methods with Corona 3
Corona Render Settings in Detail, and Render Elements - Speed up rendering even
+ Compositing final Renders with Photoshop
1 lecture 24:45
Compositing with Photoshop, Special Effects and our Final image
+ Please kindly REVIEW my course... Thank you! :)
1 lecture 00:25
Please kindly REVIEW my course... Thank you! :)