PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Adding Lights on a Vray Render

We all have that moment when we can’t seem to make things work and we have zero time to figure out why… because lurking around the corner is the deadline. Yikes!

I’m sure by this time of the year, a number of architectural thesis students are working day and night to finally finish the most important output of their academic life. I bet some are still figuring out how to make killer renders that can blow their jurors away. However, Vray can be stubborn and time-consuming to figure out — most especially the lighting. With that in mind (and also in response to a request I got months back), I have put up a tutorial showing you do not need those complicated Vray lights, Photoshop is here to the rescue – as usual!

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Vray for SketchUp Tutorial: 360 Spherical Render

Last year (seems so long ago!), I mentioned I did some 360 spherical V-ray renders for BLOCK 7, an apartment building in New Zealand, in collaboration with a 3D Visualization team, Dee Dee Studio. You can read the full post here.

Honestly, when I was doing the renders, I did not know they will come out the way they did as virtual room tours. It was Sam, the graphic designer from Dee Dee Studio, who stitched and transformed each image into an interactive medium. I’m not sure what program was used though. However, if you are quite curious on how to achieve a 360 Spherical Render in Vray, here’s how I did it:

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BLOCK 7 APARTMENTS: Vray for SketchUp Rendering

You know about my collaboration with a New Zealand – based 3D Vizualization team, Dee Dee Studio – I have previously written about it in this post.

Today, I want to show you my final renders for our first project together. I personally think this is a big leap from the initial images I showed since I had the time to choose better textures and improve some of the settings in Vray. Hope you think so too!

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Vray Rendering for DeeDee Studio, NZ

One of the highlights of my October is the start of my collaboration with DeeDee Studio, an architectural design and visualization studio in New Zealand. Jonathan Davies, the director, discovered me via this humble blog and we started working together afterwards. I’m happy to be a part of his team even just through e-mail correspondents.

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