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Interior lighting in 3DS Max and VRay

Creating physically accurate still indoor image in 3DS Max and Vray
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Created by Hani Mohammadi
Last updated 4/2016
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This class is about lighting an interior scene from morning to night in 3DS Max and VRay. By the end of this course:.

  • You will learn basic render setting in VRay.
  • You will be able to lit any interior scene physically accurate with VRay.
  • You will learn VRay Sun, VRay Sky and VRay light for artificial lighting.
  • You will learn how to prepare your final render for high quality still image.
  • You will be able to use Adobe Photoshop for post production.
In this 2 hours course:
  • We will discover how to lit an indoor scene with a single HDR Image.
  • We will practice sun rise and sun set moods with VRay Sun and VRay Sky.
  • We will lit our indoor scene with 2 different artificial light sources.
  • We will setup the lighting to simulate a fireplace.
  • We will learn how to setup render setting to generate high quality still images while keeping a balance between render time and render speed.
  • The last part of this lesson will focus on the use of Photoshop to do the final tweaks to your work.
  • We will see some tricks to increase the quality of our final work.
Who is the target audience?
  • Newbie VRay users in 3DS Max
  • Interior designers
  • VRay users
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What Will I Learn?
Understand interior lighting in VRay
Able to Use HDR Images for lighting indoor
Able to lit scene with VRay Sun
Create physically accurate artificial light.
Balancing between high resolution final image and render time.
Post producting final render with Photoshop
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  • Basic understanding of 3DS MAX, VRay and Adobe Photoshop
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 01:56:57
Start Here
1 Lecture 07:25

Introduction to the project, understanding the scene and basic VRay setup are the elements taught in the first video.

Download project file and be ready for lighting.

Preview 07:25
Day Light
2 Lectures 37:50

We're going to cover HDRI lighting at the beginning of this course, in order to have a deep discussion about the reasons for choosing HDRI lighting and the possible problems that you may face in your work.

Preview 16:56

The scene will be lit by the VRay sun, as it's supposed to be at noon. Also we will practice sun rise and sun set moods.

Sun Light
Night Time
2 Lectures 33:31

In this lesson, you will then learn how to create artificial lights and how to find their real intensity according to an accurate Watt scale.

Preview 22:12

In the last lighting video, we will turn on the fireplace in the room.

Fireplace Lighting
Final Image
2 Lectures 28:46

In this video you will learn how to optimize your render setting to render high quality still images. Also you will generate an Ambient Occlusion pass for post production.

High Resolution Rendering

Finally we will use Adobe Photoshop to add extra elements and improve our final render.

Post Production
Render Farm
1 Lecture 09:25

Preview 09:25
About the Instructor
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3D artist since 2000. I started as game modeler and during years experience different part of CG world. My passion are lighting, rendering and programming 3d applications and web. During 15 years, have written many articles and recorded hours of video tutorials.

I have written 8 books about 3ds max in Persian language and one boo about VRay in Chinese language.

Now mainly I am a CG generalist and 3d developer who love rendering and 3D Math. I enjoy sharing my experience with others.

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