15 Essential Vray Tutorials

Here is a list of 15 vray tutorials that I think everybody should read. It covers everything from materials and shaders to illumination and rendering settings.

(And yes, I have included 3 of mine tutorials in the list :) )

1) Critical vray  settings
Without any doubt, this should be the first one on the list. It’s an in-depth analysis of all the critical vray settings that affect your scene one way or the other. It covers topics like irradiance map settings, image sampler, lightcache settings and more.

http://3dats.com/Images/Tutorials/Critical_VRay_Settings_Part_I.pdf

2) How to create incredibly realistic grass
Although you will need a really powerful workstation in order to use the technique shown in this tutorial (especially if you have large areas of grass in your scene), the results are truly amazing.

http://www.peterguthrie.net/blog/2009/04/vray-grass-tutorial-part-2/

3) How to create a lampshade material
A tutorial that explains how to use the vray2sided material in order to obtain materials like lampshades, curtains, etc.

http://www.cgdigest.com/index.php/creating-a-lamp-shade-material-in-vray/

4) How to setup a sky scrapper rendering
This is a very interesting tutorial that shows you a very unconventional way to setup a rendering of a skyscraper at night.

http://www.pixelab.be/blog/2008/03/09/tutorialmaking-of-vincent-van-duysen-tower-in-beirut/

5) Night exterior illumination
A tutorial that explains, in a systematic way, how to setup the illumination for a night time rendering of a small villa.

http://www.cgdigest.com/index.php/night-rendering-tutorial-vray/

6) Daytime exterior lighting
A tutorial that reveals a method to light an exterior scene in vray, using image based lighting.

http://en.9jcg.com/comm_pages/blog_content-art-150.htm

7) How to render an architectural scene with hdri
A classic way to light an architectural rendering using hdri

http://www.cgarena.com/freestuff/tutorials/max/hdri-vray/index.html

8) Night interior rendering tutorial
An interior rendering tutorial that explains  how to setup a night illumination rig with vray

http://www.cgdigest.com/index.php/night-interior-rendering-tutorial-using-vray-and-3d-max/

9) How to render realistic snow with vray displacement

http://www.3dtotal.com/team/Tutorials_3/snow_displacement/snow_displacement_01.php

10)  How to setup and render convincing materials like chrome, silver, stone and glass


http://cg-india.com/tutorials/3dsmax_makkingof02.html

11) How to use hdr images (hdri) in vray
A tutorial that takes you through all the necessary steps to use hdr images in your scenes

http://www.aversis.be/tutorials/vray/basic_hdri_01.htm

12) How to render a liquid in a glass
Rendering a liquid in a glass can prove to be problematic. If you model it like in real life, the polygons located at the interior of the glass will be microscopically close to the geometry of the liquid, which can result in coplanar faces and therefore, artifacts when rendering.
Checkout this tutorial to see how you can avoid all that trouble.

http://www.spot3d.com/vray/help/150R1/tutorials_glassinterface.htm

13) Gamma 2.2 or Linear Workflow (LWF)
A very well documented tutorial that talks about every aspect of working with gamma set at 2.2
When this concept was introduced for the first time, it generated a lot of buzz. Most people couldn’t get it to work right and their resulting renderings had either the colors or textures washed out. This type of workflow is a bit different than the traditional way, so if you miss a step you get unexpected results.
Fortunately, this tutorial explains each and every step very clearly and it also sheds some light on the theory behind the concept of linear workflow.

http://www.aversis.be/tutorials/vray/essential_gamma_01.htm

14) Vray studio lighting tutorial
A comprehensive tutorial that explains how to create a studio lighting in rig in vray.
This is especially helpful for art directors or furniture designers.

http://cg-india.com/Tutorials/V-Ray/3dsMax_tutorial_SL_01.html

15) How to create various reflective shaders and caustics

http://www.cgarena.com/freestuff/tutorials/max/differentshaders/index.html

If you know more vray tutorials that you think I should add to the list, feel free to post a comment with links to them.

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17 Comments
  1. pep says:

    great compilation!!

  2. Leon says:

    Some of these tutorials are priceless!
    You saved me time and money! Thanks

  3. Thanks for commenting guys!
    I’m glad you found the useful.

    Best regards,
    Alex

  4. San says:

    Thanks a lot… I hope you will gather one more collection of tutorials for vray.. edition 2 showdown.. haha something we can call it :P

  5. bobby says:

    buna selectie, all-in-one :D

  6. sajan says:

    Thanks yaar great tutorials…………

  7. vray tutorials are hard to come by.. this is indeed a nice collection…

  8. sarah says:

    i dont know how can i thank u!
    u r really the best!
    thank u sooooo much :)

  9. Tumelo says:

    thanks for the resource. Its rear coming across tuts like these*

  10. 3d models says:

    very nice collection Thanks

  11. casanova.. says:

    can u plz… sugest any tutorial on how to do lighting on walkthroughs….
    thnkx regards/…..

  12. mclarke74 says:

    AWESOME!! thanks for posting these! You rock

  13. prasad says:

    very nice collection Thanks

  14. garima says:

    thanks …..these r awesome tuts ….:D

  15. parag says:

    nice tutorials……..
    its gona helps me a lot…
    thnx..

  16. aytac says:

    great

  17. Lee says:

    I have recently released a set of VRay tutorials please do take a look

    http://lawylde.com/category/tutorials/

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