Modeling Impressive Architectural Exteriors in 3ds Max and V-Ray

Throughout these lessons we'll learn how to model a detailed architectural house from 2D CAD plans and optimize it for a fast and impressive presentation rendering. Software required: 3ds Max 2012, V-Ray 2.0, AutoCAD 2013, Photoshop CS4.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Sep 11, 2014
Duration
8h 3m
Table of contents
Introduction and Project Overview
Modeling Impressive Architectural Exteriors in 3ds Max and V-Ray
Reading Our 2D Cad Plans 6m Extracting Information from Our Cad Plans 6m Refining Blocks and Text for Export 5m Preparing Contours in AutoCAD 9m Relayering Plans for Final Export 12m Setting up 3ds Max for Modeling 4m Importing Cad Plans into 3ds Max 11m Modeling the Raw Terrain 10m Creating a Refined Terrain Model 6m Adding Roads to the Terrain Model 10m Editing the Terrain Model Mesh 11m Methods for Modeling the House Walls 11m Editing Walls and Modeling Columns 12m Modeling the Ground Floor Slab 12m Creating the Steps and Slab Edges 11m Producing the Garage Doors 8m Designing the Fixed Windows 10m Modeling the Entrance Window 9m Executing the Main Sliding Doors 11m Generating the Front Double Door 7m Modeling the Vertical Screens 9m Refinements to the Ground Floor Walls 10m Creating the Upper Floor Slab 11m Designing Custom Spiral Stairs 11m Using Shortcuts and Existing Geometry 10m Modeling the Final Walls 10m Forming the Roof Slab 10m Customizing the Terrace 12m Modeling the Pool and Water 9m Sculpting Running Water 10m Refining the Hardscape and Pool 11m Transforming the Slab Edges and Roof 12m Refining the Terrain Model 10m Setting Our V-Ray Rendering Properties 10m Creating a White Architectural Render 8m Setting up Our Environment and Hdri 12m Controlling Reflections and Hdri Direction 12m Creating a Custom Site Texture 12m Saving and Mapping the Site Texture 11m Adding Textures to the Building 11m Using Multi/sub-object Materials 12m Adding Multi Materials 6m Texturing the Falling Water 12m Animating the Sliding and Pivot Doors 8m Adding Vegetation into the Scene 11m Adjusting the Camera 11m Final Render Settings 12m Editing Our Render in Photoshop 10m Final Image and Course Conclusion 9m
Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Sep 11, 2014
Duration
8h 3m
Description

Throughout these lessons we'll learn how to model a detailed architectural house from 2D CAD plans and optimize it for a fast and impressive presentation rendering. We'll go through the steps of modeling and rendering an architectural house in a way that makes it quick to create, easy to edit, and fast to render. We'll learn about the various modeling techniques essential to architectural workflows such as working with CAD plans, poly modeling of every building part including terrain modeling and high resolution landscaping. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to work and think like an architect, model and render any building, and easily be able to complete your work within very short deadlines. Software required: 3ds Max 2012, V-Ray 2.0, AutoCAD 2013, Photoshop CS4.

About the author
About the author

Micha Koren is a designer and 3D Artist.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi everyone! My name is Micha Koren and I'm a designer and 3D artist at Le Kore 3D Visuals. My recent work includes working as an architectural designer on luxury housing and hotel projects in India, as well as visualizing various high-rise developments in southeast Asia. I have also been visualizing contemporary interiors and residential villas in Europe. As a recurring tutor on Digital-Tutors, I'm lucky to create these courses that tap every bit of experience that I have gained from these past 10 years in the architecture and design industry, and I'm especially happy to be able to share this insight with you today. In this course we're going to learn how to model and render an architectural dream house in 3D Max and Photoshop. We will go through the workflow that is typically used in just about every architect's office. We will start with an existing CAD drawing, and develop it into a complete exterior house model that can be rendered for a final presentation. Some of the key takeaways from watching this course include learning how to convert 2D architectural plans into great looking 3D renders, and understanding how to read and interpret residential design drawings. finding the quickest route to modeling a house with accuracy and detail, animating moving elements, like doors and sunlight, working with realistic textures and high-rise plans, and lastly setting up the scene for fast and impressive renders. By the end of the training, you would have learned how to significantly boost your abilities and speed in modeling and rendering detailed architectural projects. You would be able to simplify your tasks and get the work out to your clients in a fraction of the effort. I'm excited to work with Digital-Tutors, and especially excited to show you just how easy these techniques are and how quickly you can do the same, so let's get started with the first lesson.