Tutorial v-ray

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Tutorial by Shadi YounisThis tutorial shows you the basics of how to set up daylight lighting in V-Ray using VRaySun and a 3ds Max daylight system for precise control of time of day and location.In this tutorial we will start by lighting our scene with a VRaySun inside a 3ds Max daylight system in order to have accurate time and location control.1Switch to top view and go to the create menu >systems > daylight system. Now click and drag a daylight in the center of your scene. (see image below)2Now we need to change the settings of the Max daylight system so that it uses a VRaySun to light our scene. Select the daylight system and in the modify panel select VRaySun from the Sunlight dropdown menu. Accept the request to automatically add a VRaySky environment map. We will be usingthe automatically created VRaySky environment map to light the scene, so we also need to disable the Skylight. Select <no skylight> from the Skylight dropdown menu. (see image below)3We can now use the daylight system to accurately position our VRaySun and we do so by clicking on the setup button in the modify panel and then adjust our time and location to our needs. In this example I have setit to 15:45 and this gives me a low angel for the sun, thus creating a nice afternoon mood. (see image below). TIP: Having the sun at close to a 90 degree angle will resemble 12:00 mid-day resulting in a brighter scene.Before we go to rendering we need to adjust our VRaySun and create a VRayPhysicalCamera in order to have physically correct exposure.4Go to the VRaySun rollout of the daylightsystem in the modify panel, and select CIE Clear from the sky model dropdown menu. This setting gives you a few presets of physically correct sky models that will contribute to the overall lighting of our scene. (see image below)5Now in the top viewport create a VRayPhysicalCamera and point it at the object. (see image below)6Select the VRayPhysicalCamera and go to the modify panel and adjust thedistortion to 0.25. This will curve the camera lens slightly just like the lens in real world cameras. Then set the vignetting to 1.3 which will mimic an effect produced by the lens that darkens the corners of your image. This will help draw the eye to the center of the image. White balance is important because it will affect the overall color tone of the image, a light blue will balance the image anda dark blue will give us a more yellowish tone whereas a light orange will give us a cold blue tone. Feel free to play with this, and at the end of this tutorial there are a few images showing the effect of color balance. The last thing to set in the VRayPhysicalCamera is the film speed. The higher the value the brighter the image just like in real world films. This value represents the filmssensitivity to light, and in this case we set it to 120 (see image below).7If you render your scene at this point it will look like the image below.8Lets quickly set the 3ds Max gamma setting to a Linear Workflow (If you haven't already) so we can get the correct colors. Go to the customize menu > preferences, and then select the Gamma and LUT tab. Check enable Gamma/LUT correction, and adjustyour gamma value to 2.2 and set input gamma to 2.2 and output gamma to 1.0 (see image below). Editor's note: We will soon feature a Linear Workflow tutorial on the site, exploring this in depth with regards to Why and How.9Now let's jump to the render settings. Hit F10 to open the render dialog box, go to the VRay tab and enable built-in frame buffer. This will allow us to further control ourexposure and colors after the rendering is done and will be a huge time saver. To ensure image sampling happens at the correct gamma level for our render we need to adjust the gamma to 2.2 and enable Don't affect colors(adaptation only). Unless we do this the image sampler will be using gamma 1.0 to determine if sampes are within acceptable noise thresholds, and we end up with a more noisy image when...
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