Making of 3 Storey House Exterior


Architectural designer  Myren June shows us his workflow and settings in this exterior render using SketchUp, V-Ray and Photoshop.


Step 1

Import your model. Make sure all your faces are facing the right way (no back faces facing outwards). At this stage add no materials and just concentrate on getting your model right.


Import Your Model


Step 2

Now start adding some materials. Also any entourage to help enhance your scene. Set your shadow settings the way you want to set the mood for your scene. Don’t forget to purge your model too (helps in keeping the file size down).


Add Materials


Step 3

Use ‘V-Ray Toys’ to set up your View Frame.


Camera Setup


Step 4

Glass material settings.


Glass Settings


Step 5

Brown wall material settings.


Brown Wall Settings


Step 6

White wall material settings.


White Wall Settings


Step 7

Grass material settings.


Grass Settings


Step 8

Brick material settings.


Brick Settings


Step 9

Car paint material settings.


Car Paint Settings


Step 10

V-Ray render options; Global Switches, Camera and Environment.




V-Ray render options; Image Sampler, Irradiance Map and Light Cache.




V-Ray render options; Color Mapping, DMC Sampler, System and Indirect Illumination.




Step 11

Default setting for exterior and save file as a PNG.


Raw Render Output


Step 12

Post Processing in Photoshop. Check Brightness and Contrast. Adjust Color Balance. Add Levels.


Process of Editing in Photoshop


Step 13

Finally attach background image and adjust Levels, Brightness and Color balance to match the rendered image. Layer image of tree in foreground and add to glass window, adjusting Opacity to 20%. merge all Layers and duplicate final image and select lens Correction to add some drama.


Final Post Processing Steps


Raw Render


Raw Render


Final Render


Final Render


Thanks for reading!

Myren June

Find out more about Myren and his work here at his website.

11 Responses to “Making of 3 Storey House Exterior”

  1. Diane on May 8th, 2015 8:28 am

    I tried this set up but all i got is a black rendered picture. 🙁 Please help

  2. Narayan Shenvi on July 1st, 2015 5:44 am

    Very well written training contents, Also it may be possible to educate the students on the kind of Hardware / Graphics card used.

    Amazing tutorial.

  3. Arsitek Rumahan on October 2nd, 2015 10:39 am

    the reflection on the mirror,
    i assume it was done on photoshop.


  4. Bernard on October 2nd, 2015 11:19 pm

    Where is the model file?

  5. admin on October 3rd, 2015 2:05 pm

    Hi Bernard
    There is no model file with this tutorial, but I am sure you can practice with your own or one downloaded from the 3D Warehouse.
    Hope this helps.

  6. HEMA on October 22nd, 2015 7:25 am

    this is amazing , keep it up .

  7. Nura on May 24th, 2016 9:35 am


  8. Yulio on October 5th, 2016 8:31 pm

    Very well-written and informative training tutorial! Thank you for sharing. By any chance you work with/render VR content?

  9. Travis McDonough on May 9th, 2017 7:24 pm

    all i got from this was an over exposed render

  10. nk grampolo on August 23rd, 2017 12:23 am

    wow… I just discovered this site.. I’mpressive

  11. Dilip on May 10th, 2018 7:33 pm

    I have changed all the settings as you have mentioned. My render has become too slow. It’s stuck in Running RT engine, setting up 1 thread (s). There is only black screen while rendering. Any suggestions?

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