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VRay.com - Your source for all things VRay  ::  VRay for SketchUp  ::  Manual  ::  Before you Start Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp

VRay for SketchUp Manual

VRay for SketchUp Manual

Before you Start Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp

When rendering an image with any rendering program, including V-Ray for SketchUp, you must understand three main factors that will affect the image: Lighting, Materials, and Mapping. Lighting plays the most important role among these three. It will affect the color, shadow, reflection and refraction among every single object in the scene.

V-Ray for SketchUp is a rendering engine equipped with Global Illumination (GI), which helps the users setup the lighting for entire scene easily. So they don't have to spend a lot of time adjusting lighting location and brightness. The concept of GI is very simple. Imagine a room has a window but no light in it. The natural light from the outside of the room comes in through the window so the room doesn't look completely dark even though there is no light in it. Some people even call this the "lazy boy lighting". Its purpose is allowing the users to have the most natural light possible without spending too much time to achieve it.

V-Ray for SketchUp also supports High Dynamic Range values, also called HDRI (High Dynamic Range Image). With a normal 24bit, 8bit per channel RGB image (Low Dynamic Range Image), the brightest white color you can get is R255, G255 and B255. But this is still thousands times lower than what the sun light can produce. With the HDR file format, users can have more control ranging from dark to bright. The HDR is a very special image file format. It usually starts with professional 360 degree photography, then transforms to 96bit full scene image by using professional HDR software. The benefit of using HDR is that you can use this full scene image as your render light source. It also can be used as the background rendering.

V-Ray for SketchUp also supports regular image file formats as a light source for GI. However, it is still limited compared to using an HDR image format to describe the lighting environment. Together with other regular image file format simulated lighting environments, it is usually used only as supporting lighting for the entire scene. That means adjusting the setting of major light sources is still a very important work in V-Ray for SketchUp. We will discuss more about how to use lighting, materials and mapping later.

Before you Start Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp


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V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Update Now Available - Now with SketchUp 2016 Support
Rendering by Jack Dicker


 
  V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Update Now Available
 

V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp has been updated and is fully compatible with SketchUp 2016. Along with improvements to animation and batch rendering, this free update also includes support for Skatter and ArchVision RPCs. This free download is available to all V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp customers.

Still waiting to move up to V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp? All V-Ray for SketchUp commercial upgrades and new seats, purchased after November 1, qualify for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3 for SketchUp when available. This free upgrade includes one workstation license plus one render node.


V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Now Supports SketchUp 2016
Rendering by Antonio Castro

V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp has been updated and is fully compatible with SketchUp 2016
Rendering by Nookta




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SketchUp is one of the most widely used and easy to learn 3D Modeling software on the market today. With V-Ray for SketchUp, users now have one of the most powerful rendering tools available to visualize their models with the upmost quality and realism. V-Ray works within the SketchUp environment allowing users to be able to efficiently incorporate the task of rendering within their current workflows.

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Skatter for SketchUp

Skatter for SketchUp

Skatter for SketchUp
Rendering by Brice Desportes


The Smart SketchUp Plugin For Scattering


Populate your scenes with UNLIMITED Vegetation with TOTAL CONTROL all while SAVING TIME and never leave SKETCHUP!

Skatter is Your Best Friend

From small carpets in a living room to large scale forests, Skatter is designed to help you achieve the final look fast and easy.

Render Unlimited Amounts of Objects

Through its "Render only" feature, Skatter sends all the scattering information directly to the render engines, bypassing Sketchup. That way, you keep a lightweight and responsive file while still being able to render huge amounts of objects.
 

Skatter for SketchUp
Rendering by Mads Bjerre Olesen





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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

V-Ray 3.4 for Cinema 4D Now Available

V-Ray for Cinema 4D is a professional rendering solution for Cinema 4D users, looking to get the most realistic and fastest production images (still and motion) possible when working with this specific modeling tool. V-Ray for Cinema 4D is an industry standard and it is used by many big studios all over the world. It integrates seamlessly with Cinema 4D and it offers a very short learning curve making it also one of the most accessible rendering tools on the market.


V-Ray 3.4 for Cinema 4D

V-Ray 3.4 for Cinema 4D



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Create photo-realistic renders and learn V-Ray like a real DSLR camera.

From the basics to advanced, the 5-Step Render Workflow (5SRW) V-Ray course provides 50 V-Ray lessons that include easy to follow videos, concepts and exercises.
 

V-Ray Online Training - Rendering by Heba Aboelenen
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Rendering by Monica Pelser

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The online course walks you through the following steps:

1: Framing
2: Light Balance
3: Materials
4: Final Render
5: Post Production
 

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