V-ray training
3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray training

2 days
In centre:
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

V-Ray training for 3ds Max users, teaching skills for professional quality, photo-realistic images from your designs.

V-Ray is the renderer of choice across the world. It is used widely in architecture, interior design, film, and many other industries.

3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray training provides a master class in the use of V-Ray. Sessions include:

  • Lighting an interior with real and artificial light.
  • Lighting an exterior scene for day and night.
  • Creating and managing materials.
  • When and how to use image based lighting.
  • Rendering, exposure control and speeding up rendering times.
  • Animation for large scenes.

3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

In-class or online

This course is available in-class at eight centres or live online.

Expert trainers

Courses are hosted by highly experienced trainers with vast professional experience of using V‑Ray to produce photorealistic rendered images. See Expert trainers.

How will I learn?

V-Ray training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running V-Ray.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

V-Ray training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for V-Ray, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited V-Ray training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following V-Ray training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their V-Ray trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should have a good working knowledge of 3ds Max, i.e. be familiar with the techniques taught in our 3ds Max Essentials course. No prior V-Ray knowledge is required.

V-Ray version

Training can be based on any recent version of V-Ray to suit you.


General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for V-Ray training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request 3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request 3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainers

Expert trainers

3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray training courses are hosted by:

Rod Cleasby

Rod Cleasby Autodesk Certified Instructor

Rod has over 25 years’ experience working as a designer, visualisation expert and artist. His specialist areas include architecture, interior design and the production of photorealistic 3d virtual environments. 

AutoCAD, 3ds Max and SketchUp have been the mainstay of Rod’s professional work for 20 years. He is also an expert in various related tools and technologies, including Photoshop, and he has expert knowledge of a wide range of renderers, including V-Ray, ART, Arnold and LightUp.

Rod has extensive experience training experience. He has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster on their Computer Visualisation course, and he is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor.

Away from his professional work, Rod is an accomplished artist and musician, and a prolific writer of novels, novella, poetry and prose.

Stewart Cobb

Stewart Cobb Autodesk Certified Instructor

Stewart began his working life as a junior draughtsman, and progressed through to Design Director leading a studio of designers working on both 2D and 3D projects.

He then worked for himself for over 25 years, completing around 100 design projects per year for a myriad of clients, including household names such as Vauxhall and McDonalds.

More recently, Stewart’s focus has been on training. He has been an Autodesk Certified Instructor since 2010, hosting courses in AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, AutoCAD Plant 3D, Civil 3D and Advance Steel. He’s also an expert user of Trimble SketchUp.

In between courses, Stewart uses these applications professionally when carrying out project work for clients. Using the applications regularly helps him to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He also specialises in the production of photorealistic rendered images and visualisations using renderers including V-Ray.

Outside of work, Stewart enjoys music (he runs the sound desk for a number of local bands), reading and playing with any new piece of technology he can lay his hands on!

Course content

Course content

Introduction to V-Ray and the course objectives

Breaking down the render dialog options

Overview of the Renderer: anti-aliasing, sampling

Speed vs. quality set-up

Available methods of calculating Global Illumination

Creating materials and understanding how real world materials act

Overview of the types of V-Ray shader available and their uses

Creating special purpose maps: specular and their uses

Physical lighting systems and camera: overview of motion blur and depth of field

Image based lighting

Standard workflow of lighting interiors and exteriors

V-Ray Proxy for large scale scenes

Rendering for animation (stationary Geometry): optimising irradiance/light cache set-up for animation

Rendering for post-production: layered rendering, mattes and compositing

Project: texture and light a pre-made scene through to render output


Live online training

Live online training

Online training lets you participate in a live V-Ray course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and the other delegates participating in the course…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in V-Ray.
  • Interact by speaking, or using chat.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.

Like our in-class courses, online 3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray courses…

  • Are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors.
  • Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using V-Ray.
  • Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…

  • V-Ray installed. If you don’t have a current subscription to V-Ray, you’re entitled to a 30-day trial that’s ideal for participating in training. We’ll send you a link to this. If you’ve already used your trial, we can lend you a license for the duration of your course.
  • A webcam and audio capability. If your computer running V-Ray doesn’t have these, you can use a second device, such as another computer or tablet. See Hardware recommendations for live online training for further details.

If there’s anything you’re not sure about we’ll do our best to help you. We won’t be able to assist with your V-Ray installation, but we can provide details for Autodesk support who’ll be able to help you with this.

We provide everything else…

  • Links to download the files, resources, etc. you’ll use in your course.
  • A training guide. For most courses, you can choose from a printed copy that we post to you, or a PDF.

In the week before your course, we’ll send you an email containing everything you need to prepare for and participate in the training. Then, a couple of days before your course, we’ll give you a courtesy call to make sure you have everything in place and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that we are not able to record scheduled online courses for privacy reasons.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time


“The trainer, Rod, has a wealth of knowledge and explains everything so that anyone can understand. I'm interested to see what other courses are available.

Tom G

“Fantastic instruction from Stewart. I have learned loads of new information and techniques. Very easy to follow and Stewart has a very broad range of knowledge.”

Jason F

“Good content, very personable instructor.”

Sherif M

“Good interaction, ability to chat to someone of more knowledge and able to share. Questions answered to a brilliant level. Concise teaching.”

Rich M