Making of Archinteriors vol. 32 scene

Andrew Augustyniak 2014-03-12 11:17 tutorial  > 3ds MAX  > rendering

Andrew from Evermotion shows how he made Archinteriors vol. 32 scene using Blender for modeling and 3ds Max and VRay for lighting and rendering.

Archinteriors vol. 32 collection is available here.

My main goal was to combine two quite different lighting sceneries – normal, sunny daylight with warm, orange artificial light. At first I matched camera in my scene to my reference – for this purpose I've used BLAM addon (Blender Camera Calibration Toolkit). It's a very simple 3 step process:

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Import reference image into Movie clip editor


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Draw two grease pencil layers (to draw straight lines just press Ctrl + d) – first for the X axis and second for Y and hit calibrate button and BLAM will match your active camera to the image.


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The blocking phase was also done in Blender. I started with a simple cupboard – when the basic shape was made (in perspective) I've changed units setup to metric (0.01 corresponds to 3ds max units) and scaled to real life dimensions (height about 70cm).


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Having one element of “the puzzle” right I could made other correspondingly. Finished blocking phase. The models are still very rough but I prefer this workflow – iteration based, because from the start I see which elements would need more polishing (and I don't model things or details which won't be visible in final render).


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Now it is a time for replacing models with final geometry – most of them are quite simple, so I show only the more interesting ones.


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Sofa – after making the base mesh I've added multiresolution and sculpted the wrinkles (I've used mostly 3 brushes: Crease, Pinch and Smooth). It's very important to change the brush size very often (it adds variation to folds).


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Cupboard –  every object in the scene has chamfered edges. Although Blender can bevel edges in edit mode, I prefer to use bevel as a modifier. This way I have greater control - my model is more procedural. When I change proportions of my model, the bevel stays the same. The only downfall of this method is that I get occasional UV mapping errors. They can appear if the object was mapped prior to beveling.



I exported all meshes as a obj and imported this file to 3ds max, because the scene was meant to be lit and rendered in VRay.


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For the daylight I used HDRI image in the background (to achieve ambient tint) and a strong bluish Vray light (this gave me more control than Vray Sun and Sky)


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The small lamps were more demanding – I wanted them not only to have a specific shape (like ies lights) but also sharp shadows. That's why I used mostly simple spot light.


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For the chandelier lights at first I tried to use small Vray lights covered by glossy glass but rendering times were to high (also noise level was unacceptable) so finally I went for simple gradient textures with Vraylight material.


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Materials were also quite simple – I used some color corrections and compositing - I prefer to see results instantly than to go back and forth to Photoshop.


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The final GI and sampling settings


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The final render was very close to what I've intended so in post production I only added some tint, vignette and tweaked a contrast.


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Final work

Archinteriors vol. 32 collection is available here.

Author: Andrew Augustyniak Editor: Michal Franczak
Tags: archinteriors
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mrunal00717:22:53  |  01-04-2014
hey hi, im trying this but i dont understands settings... Can u tell me which 3D max version your using
1d22:34:04  |  17-01-2018
Gorgeous! Thank you!


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