Exterior Architectural Rendering with V-Ray

A course by Visualfabrik , Architecture Studio

Architecture Studio. Málaga, Spain.
Joined November 2019

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

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (126)
  • 4211 students

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

A course by Visualfabrik

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.

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What will you learn in this online course?

24 lessons & 38 downloads

What will we do in the course?
3 minutes, 21 seconds
Base model and terrain creation
17 minutes, 33 seconds
Modeling with Floor Generator
10 minutes, 57 seconds
Vegetation with Forest Pack 1
13 minutes, 54 seconds
Vegetation with Forest Pack 2
12 minutes, 17 seconds
Optimization with V-RayProxy
8 minutes, 12 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (126)
  • 4211 students
  • 24 lessons (5h 26m)
  • 38 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

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 this online course 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.

Requirements and materials

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. You also need to install Forest Pack (Lite or Pro) on your computer.


4211 Students
126 Reviews
98% Positive ratings


A course by Visualfabrik

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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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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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

Exterior Architectural Rendering with V-Ray

A course by Visualfabrik
Architecture Studio. Málaga, Spain.
Joined November 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (126)
  • 4211 students