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.Β 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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PHOTOSHOP 1-2-3: Enhancement of an Exterior Perspective

“Hi Maricar,

I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and as a fellow architectural student/professional I have been really inspired by your work. Your designs are incredibly ambitious and thought provoking to me as you clearly push the boundaries and explore new conceptual ideas, I also think the ambiance and atmosphere you develop in your visualizations are equally as great … I know it’s a big ask but would it be possible for me to send my portfolio online to you for you to critique my work and give a little guidance on how I can replicate the appearance you achieve in your visualizations?

I really appreciate you reading my message, I think your work is exceptional and I look forward to more blog posts, thank you.

Kind regards,

David Banks.”

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