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
Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures and comprehensive sanitisation implemented.
We continue to offer all courses in our popular live online format.
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. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. 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.
Training can be based on any recent version of V-Ray to suit you.
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.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.
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
3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray training courses are hosted by:
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 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 and 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!
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 lets you participate in a real 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 see the other delegates participating in the V-Ray training…
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.
We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…
- Online 3ds Max – Rendering with V-Ray courses are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
- You receive comprehensive training materials.
- Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using V-Ray.
- If you don’t have access to V-Ray software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
- You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.
All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.
For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.