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  1. Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp
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  2. Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp

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An allinclusive guide to creating a photo quality VRay render for SketchUp

About This Book

  • Clear, step-by-step instructions that teach you how to use the most important tools needed to create photographic renders in V-Ray
  • Implement the steps effectively with the help of the SketchUp scene files provided
  • Become a better artist by becoming familiar with important lighting and material backgrounds backed up by theory

Who This Book Is For

If you are a SketchUp user who would love to turn your favourite modelling application into a ‘virtual photography studio', then this book has been designed and written for you. Existing V-Ray users will also find plenty to enjoy and benefit from in this book.

Some basic experience with SketchUp and familiarity with photography will be helpful, but is not mandatory.

What You Will Learn

  • Create and control interior sunlight using a V-Ray Spotlight light object
  • Discover how to set up Skylight in a variety of ways, including making use of V-Ray's Rectangle and Dome light types
  • Work with interior nighttime lighting and real-world light energy values using V-Ray's IES lights
  • Produce believable surface properties using V-Ray's material and map system
  • Compose and render a shot correctly with V-Ray's camera and output controls
  • How to make use of V-Ray's camera and output controls to compose and render a shot correctly
  • Become a better lighting artist in V-Ray by understanding some extremely important lighting theory

In Detail

Every Sketch Up user wants to present their designs in the best possible light. What better way to bring them to life than to present them in a genuinely photographic manner? Although the V-Ray render engine has been available to SketchUp users for a good number of years now, the release of the 2.0 Version takes the production of photographic renders in SketchUp to a whole new level.

Using the V-Ray for SketchUp rendering engine through with clear, step-by-step instructions and companion graphics, this guide will give you everything you need to get started. This book has been designed to progressively introduce you to all the V-Ray tools you will need to produce photographic renders using V-Ray.

The journey begins with basics of camera composition, lighting, texturing, and then rendering an interior scene using the V-Ray engine. Using the scene files provided, we will learn how to set up lighting rigs for both daytime and nighttime interior shots, as well as seeing how we can make good use of V-Ray's procedural day-lighting system on exteriors.

As a render will only be as believable as the component parts, we will learn the texturing system in V-Ray and how to use a variety of materials, maps, and layers to produce realistic surface properties for our geometry.

Before producing our final output, we will want to see how we can use the variety of quality control settings in V-Ray, including the Global Illumination and Image Sampling settings to produce a high level of quality for our project.

Add the finishing touches with some compositing and post-production techniques to bring out the full potential of the work you have done.

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Brian Bradley
Packt Publishing - ebooks Account
Packt Publishing - ebooks Account
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The material is sufficiently detailed though not for beginners learning vray-SU. I would have rated this 5 stars if the images had been in colour instead of black & white. Though the colored versions are available for download from the book's website. Decent purchase!
Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp

At first I was rather skeptical about this book, I was always interested CG rendering and 3D design and this book seemed like a good direction to take. I really enjoyed the hands on approach, make sure you download the code documents in order to follow along. While SketchUp is free for educational uses as mentioned on their website it is worthy to note it didn't feel limited in any way compared to the paid version. Setup was pretty easy under Windows 8 and everything went without a hiccup.

Chapter 1 set the pace and I was already sold on this book, then I was wondering why are there so many chapters on lighting! Well from my experience with 3D game techniques it's really hard to mimic light! So for me the three chapters were needed but also very well written, from the daytime scene to night and final touch ups, what an awesome transformation. If you are not into math you should really get into it for this, light is... Read more
"Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp" from "Packt Publishing" ( )

When I first saw the title of this book, I was quite enthusiastic about it. I've used SketchUp on/off for a couple of years. 3D isn't my greatest passion, so I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to it, and that makes SketchUp perfect for me. It makes a lot of the tasks - that I need to perform - really easy to do.

This book would give me an opportunity to visualize the scenes I work on, in a much better way, and with that in mind, I began reading.

Despite my enthusiasm and expectations, I was not at all disappointed by the book. The author, Brian Bradley, starts out by plunging the reader into the deep end of the pool, by giving you a full scene (remember to download the 'code samples') to work with. He then describes the steps he typically goes through whenever he works out a quality render, but he doesn't do it in minute detail... Read more
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