V-Ray for Sketch-Up Essentials

This course introduces you to the essentials of V-Ray for SKETCHUP covering several topics that are indispensable for enhancing architectural design.

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Working knowledge of Windows OS and basics of SketchUp


In-Person & Live Online Training Duration: 24 hours & Valid for 24 AIA LU
OnDemand Training: Applicable for AIA LU
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This course introduces you to the essentials of V-Ray for SKETCHUP covering several topics that are indispensable for enhancing architectural design.


UI & VFB: The lessons in this category provide an overview of V-Ray’s components, what they do, and where to find them in the interface; User Interface – A guide to the most commonly used V-Ray component; Frame Buffer – What the V-Ray Frame Buffer is, and its most useful features

RENDER ENGINES: This section covers the two main rendering engines of V-Ray.; V-Ray RT – How to use V-Ray RT as an ActiveShade renderer, and how to set it up to render animations; V-Ray Production – An overview of the standard V-Ray rendering engine, and how to use it.

SAMPLING: Sampling – An in-depth explanation of how to optimize antialiasing and render times.

LIGHTING: V-Ray Light – The most commonly used settings of the V-Ray Light.; V-Ray Ambient Light – An overview of the settings of the V-Ray Ambient Light.; V-Ray Dome Light – The workflow to generate Image Based Lighting with the V-Ray Dome Light.; V-Ray IES Light – How light profiles and V-Ray’s IES light can create realistic lighting.; V-Ray Sun and Sky System – Set up day time illumination with the V-Ray’s Sun and Sky system.

GLOBAL ILLUMINATION: GI Introduction. The theory of tracing global illumination, and the technical differences between the different GI Engines in V-Ray; GI for Exterior Scenes – The workflow for setting up GI for Exterior Scenes; GI for Interior Scenes – The workflow for setting up GI for Interior Scenes; Caustics – How to generate sharp photon mapped caustics; GI for Fly-Through Animations – Optimize the rendering of fly-through animations.

CAMERA: Physical Camera – Physical Camera settings, and how they affect the exposure of the rendered image; Physical Camera: Motion Blur and Depth of Field – How to use Motion Blur and Depth of Field effects, and how to balance the exposure of the rendered image.

SHADING: V-Ray Material – V-Ray material settings, and how to use them to simulate a wide range of real world materials; V-Ray SSS Materials – V-Ray FastSSS2 and V-Ray Skin materials, and how to use them to create translucent or sub-surface scattering materials; V-Ray 2-Sided Material – V-Ray 2-Sided material, and how to use it to create thin translucent materials such as fabric or paper; V-Ray Blend and Bump Materials – How to create more complex materials; Random Color Techniques – How the V-Ray Multi Sub texture and the V-Ray User Color node can generate random colors in a shading network.

VOLUMETRICS: V-Ray Aerial Perspective and V-Ray Environment Fog atmospheric effects in an exterior scene

DYNAMIC GEOMETRY: V-Ray Displacement – Adding fine detail to scenes with the V-Ray Displacement Modifier; V-Ray Proxy – Optimize high poly count scenes with V-Ray’s Proxy geometry; V-Ray Instancer – Instance multiple V-Ray Proxy geometries with the help of a ParticleFlow system and the V-Ray Instancer helper; V-Ray Fur – Generate realistic grass with V-Ray Fur.

RENDER ELEMENTS: V-Ray Render Elements – How to split the rendered image into render elements and combining them in compositing.


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