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3ds Max and V-Ray: Arch Viz Detailing Techniques

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Learn strategies for generating impressive and realistic architectural 3D renderings. Discover techniques for pre-render detailing, lighting, post-render compositing, and more.

Generate impressive and realistic architectural 3D renderings by learning strategies you can leverage for camera placement, modeling, finishing, and more. Find out how to take your 3D rendered scenes to the next level so that your images are engaging, interesting, and flattering. In this course, instructor Verena Tatiana starts by discussing the different approaches to detailing and how to overcome challenges when working with stills versus working with animations. Then, she explains the importance of composition and demonstrates several techniques. She covers pre-render modeling, object detailing, working with cloth and materials, lighting techniques, and post-render compositing.


  • Taking your render to the next level
  • Pre-render vs. post-render detailing
  • Stills vs. animation challenges
  • The importance of composition
  • Using the exercise files
1. Pre-Render Modeling Techniques
  • Tell a story with your scene and composition
  • Important details to remember
  • Asymmetry and imperfections
  • Importance of beveling
  • Good topology
2. Pre-Render Object Details
  • Make the scene lived-in
  • Asymmetry and imperfections
  • Add hints of life to the scene
  • Give the impression of more elements
3. Pre-Render Cloth Techniques
  • Understanding the 3ds Max cloth engine
  • Creating a pillow using cloth tools
  • Sculpting details to add imperfections
  • Adding depth with displacement
4. Pre-Render Material Techniques
  • Color palette
  • Proper color setting and color accuracy
  • Understanding maps
  • Use of complex shaders
  • Final notes on materials
5. Pre-Render Lighting Techniques
  • Correct light temperatures
  • Using light to guide the eye
  • The importance of shadows
6. Post-Render Compositing Techniques
  • Render passes and elements
  • Post-production methods
  • Understanding the setup
  • Camera Raw filter
  • Adding light effects
  • Add grain and noise
  • Depth of field
  • Chromatic aberration
  • Next steps

Taught by

Verena Tatiana

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