Making of Archinteriors vol. 29 scene

Piotr Mróz 2013-08-14 13:28 tutorial  > 3ds MAX  > misc

Hi! My name is Piotr Mroz and I work in Evermotion. I would like to show You how I made one of our interior visualizations.

The scene that I am going to show comes from Archinteriors vol. 29 and it is available here: Archinteriors vol. 29.

We will start with the most difficult task ;) - setting proper units in 3ds max.
Setting units...
Setting units...
003_gamma_2.2.jpgOpen Gamma tab and change value to 2.2. This value ensures that we will work with linear workflow, so the renders will be physically precise and colors will be accurate.

It is good to start modeling interior with a reference image. If You use such help, You will need to paint some perspective lines in it (using Photoshop or Gimp) so it will be easier to match perspective later in 3ds max. Here is a link to tutorial that will help You with this task: Making an interior scene by Kuba Dabrowski
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I start with simple interior, no materials at all, i just try to match real-world scale of things.
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005_002_basic.jpgI made an interior and I can start adding elements, like furniture, small details, etc. If you make things from scratch, prepare for a lot of modeling, preparing materials, etc. It is much faster if You use ready for render models, like those from Evermotion collections. It is real time saver.
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When my furniture is on place it is time for setting up the lights in scene. I use all kind of lights, my choice depends of the scene I want to lighten up. In this case I used just a simple sky bitmap. I set it as my environment map. This map is my main light for a scene.


You can assign a map to environment map slot in 3ds max environment settings. Just press "8" on a keyboard.

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I used the second map as an exterior that You can see outside windows. It is a map downloaded from CG Textures, I modified it a bit in Photoshop - originally it was sunny day picture, I made it more cloudy.
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I put this map on cylinder. I also created additional VRayLights with "Skyportal" option enabled. This way shadows are sharper and more precise. It extends rendering time but gives greater realism.

You have to remember to change "Alpha contribution" for cylinder to 0.0 in Your VRay object properties. This lets you to render alpha separately - everything behind the windows will be transparent. This way You can change the background later in Photoshop.

In cylinder object properties You also should turn off receive shadows and cast shadows options.
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This is how the scene looks like with "skyportal" option on in VrayLights settings. Nice, clean, shadows.
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...and this is "skyportal" option off. Shadows are blurred.
Skyportal option on (close-up)
Skyportal option off (close-up)
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Our scene without materials.
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I haven't use any complicated materials in this scene. Some trick that I used to achieve "imperfection" of floor was to add simple procedural noise map to bump slot. It made floor look more natural, like it was not perfectly flat. The difference can be clearly seen if You compare reflection on a floor with noise map....
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...and without it. Reflections on the floor are now flat. As You know, real things are never perfect, so adding imperfections as the one above makes scenes look more realistic. Good tip is to use maps in reflect slot and reflect glossiness or bump slots. They will add some natural looking roughness to the surface.
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Another tip: when I am rendering I often use "regions". Thanks to VRay Frame Buffer History window I can save every render I made and load it anytime. It makes comparing the results faster.
History window - saved renders
At the end I make my final render. I increase some quality settings, like GI. Those are my render settings (1)
Render settings (2)
Render settings (3)
Render settings (4)
Render settings (5)
Render settings (6)
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This scene was rendered from three different VrayPhysical cameras.
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Final stage: After my final renders are finished I load them into Photoshop and make small corrections: making refractions and reflections more visible, sharpen the image a little. I also added subtle glow for windows. To achieve that I rendered such layers as VRay reflection and VRay refraction separately.
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Final stage, camera 2
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Final stage, camera 2 - wireframe
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Final stage, camera 3
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Final stage, camera 3 - wireframe
All the best for You all, hope that it was useful to You! :)

Piotr "Joker" Mróz


Author: Piotr Mróz Editor: Michal Franczak
Tags: archinteriors makingof evermotion lighting scene interior modeling rendering


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jecinci16:58:07  |  14-08-2013
Great tutorial !!! Thanks !! Do you use a white (255) material for tests or gray(200)? Do you use diffuse color or a vray color ( with gamma specified ) for this(test renders)?
AgentP18:31:24  |  15-08-2013
I just purchased this volume (Architeriors.vol29)...I was particularly interested in this volume because of the rendered plan sections that you show...I am having a hard time reproducing this image and was wondering if you could give me any tips or tricks...Thank you and great job!
umang.jadav09:25:16  |  18-08-2013
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful work, only thing wonders me is that, you said you used only bitmap to light up the scene but how could you get this nice illumination with only a bitmap? I mean where did you set the intensity of it. Another thing, how did you created those rectangular ceiling lights, is it IES?
moumouh13:44:15  |  26-08-2013
i purchased this volume , he use a bitmap for light the scene and he set the intensity on RGB LEVEL on bitmap outeput , he set RGB LEVEL TO 20 , and vray camera: shuter speed 30 and iso 200 :)
rezaes08:22:45  |  31-08-2013
very nice lighting ,thank you
Kidrobot04:43:46  |  09-09-2013
Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I've learn a lot from you.
ibnu06:53:37  |  17-09-2013
sollozzo1322:49:41  |  30-10-2013
not bad
MACROVISION00:41:57  |  07-11-2013
nice dear I am looking for an interior designer for my company. so if interested to joint us please contact me on my mail " " best regards, Husain
TomasBelica11:25:57  |  21-08-2014
Please post the settings for V ray Lights - Sky Portals / Vray camera give us this scene complete:-)) Thank you!
reza-abbasi13:21:16  |  18-02-2015
more than great tutorial , ty man . very nice work
reza-abbasi10:40:44  |  24-02-2015
ty again man , amazing work


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