Exterior Architectural Rendering with V-Ray

A course by Visualfabrik
Architecture Studio. Málaga, Spain.
Joined November 2019
, Architecture Studio

Develop a housing project in a natural setting and create unique hyper-realistic images

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (69)
  • 2107 students
Exterior Architectural Rendering with V-Ray

Develop a housing project in a natural setting and create unique hyper-realistic images

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (69)
  • 2107 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 24 Lessons (5h 26m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Transmitting the essence of a home or architectural space involves representing each detail impeccably, of every material, lighting, or setting that was chosen, to convey the feeling of a space. Architectural studio Visualfabrik focuses on visualizing architecture from its exterior as much as its interiors, revealing a lifestyle in the midst of nature, spaces to relax and enjoy, transmitting a feeling that goes further than a simple image.

In this course, Visualfabrik teaches how to create an architectural design with the space that surrounds it with 3ds Max and V-Ray. Learn how to recreate a natural space that includes fields, plants, trees, and all flora that bring a space to life.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Model and vegetation
  • U3
    U3. Composition and lighting
  • U4
    U4. Materials and texturing
  • U5
    U5. Render settings
  • U6
    U6. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet the team at Visualfabrik, Álvaro and Miguel. They speak about their careers, projects, sources of inspiration, and give a summary of what you will do in the course.

First, see the importance of the surrounding area in an architectural project and how it can bring added value to the design as a whole. See all that relates to V-Ray and go through basic modeling concepts.

Start by using the base of a project and work on the modeling of the building as well as its natural surroundings. Begin with the hilly terrain, then the facade, and the exterior details and flooring, as well as recreating the vegetation such as the grass and surrounding forests. Learn the key aspects to consider when modeling to achieve professional results.

Then, they move on to show you how to use V-Ray cameras to create the right exposure and frame, to make the architecture pop in your images. For this, learn different lighting techniques, for both day and night.

The next step is to create the basic materials and other details with V-Ray, using different techniques and plugins, to apply to different parts of the project.

Once you have your scene ready, configure the render engine to optimize the rendering times at the best possible quality; export the renders and other elements that will help in the post-production phase.

Finish your images on Photoshop, adding the elements that you deem convenient to achieve a hyper-realistic, professional finish.

What is this course's project?

Create the representation of a family home, situated in an open site surrounded by vegetation and a forest close by, that stands out for its smooth adaptation to the grounds it is situated on, including the rolling hills around it.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For all those that want to deepen their knowledge in the V-Ray rendering engine, and about how to apply it to an architectural project to improve the creation of exterior images in a natural environment.

What you need

To take this course, it is necessary to have an intermediate knowledge of how to use 3ds Max. Basic knowledge of V-Ray is enough, as you will get detailed instructions of how to use the rendering software.

As for materials, you need a mid-range computer to work fluidly, with the modeling and rendering software, as well as post-production software such as Adobe Photoshop.


2107 Students
69 Reviews
99% Positive ratings


A course by Visualfabrik

Architecture Studio

Visualfabrik is a young studio founded in 2016 and created by Álvaro Cappa and Miguel Ortega, both architects from Málaga, Spain. They specialize in architectural visualization and 3D infographics.

Their main objective is to communicate any architectural project in a way that captures the attention of the viewer and remains in their memory for as long as possible. They work on interior and exterior images, focusing on the design and overall setting and mood of the image.

Real Estate, is their first area of expertise although they also work with interior designers, architectural studios, and advertising projects, encompassing projects of almost any scale, with the aim to achieve the highest grade of realism and recreate the client’s objectives.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Model and vegetation

    • Base model and terrain creation
    • Modeling with Floor Generator
    • Vegetation with Forest Pack 1
    • Vegetation with Forest Pack 2
    • Optimization with V-RayProxy
  • U3

    Composition and lighting

    • Understand the V-Ray Physical Cam
    • Frames and composition
    • Daytime lighting with VraySun + Sky
    • Night lighting with HDRI + V-RayLights
  • U4

    Materials and texturing

    • Understand PBR, dielectric, and conductive materials
    • Creating basic materials with V-RayMtl
    • Composites and BerconTile 1 plugin
    • Composites and BerconTile 2 plugin
    • Variation and randomness with Multitexture
  • U5

    Render settings

    • V-Ray Next Parameters
    • V-Ray Frame buffer
    • Render elements and export 1
    • Render elements and export 2
  • U6


    • Importing files into Photoshop (32bits)
    • Postproduction and use of masks (16bits)
    • General adjustments and final touches
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Exterior Architectural Design with V-Ray

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Exterior Architectural Rendering with V-Ray. A 3D, Animation, Architecture, and Spaces course by Visualfabrik

Exterior Architectural Rendering with V-Ray

A course by Visualfabrik
Architecture Studio. Málaga, Spain.
Joined November 2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (69)
  • 2107 students