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Everything you need to know about ACEScg

New to V-Ray 5 for Maya is full support for ACEScg, which promises to unify visual effects workflows. Discover why it’s important plus how to use it in V-Ray.

3D sphere models showcase the different material options that can be achieved in V-Ray 5
Why V-Ray 5 removes the challenges of creating materials

We take a look at how you can quickly make believable materials using the new Asset Browser and material presets in V-Ray 5 with new simplified options.

© Bertrand Benoit
Relight without re-rendering: How Light Mix works in V-Ray 5

Light Mix lets you change the color and intensity of your lights after you’ve rendered your scene. Learn how it works in the new V-Ray Frame Buffer in V-Ray 5.

3D robot dusk sunset illustration created in 3ds Max with Substance Designer using the V-Ray shader and rendered with V-Ray. Character concept by Francisco Ruiz Velasco© Alessandro Baldasseroni
How to use the V-Ray shader in Substance Painter 2020.1

Get to know the V-Ray shader in Substance Painter. Discover how 3D artist Alessandro Baldasseroni and production studio Elastic use it with these 2 video guides.

CG Garage’s Chris Nichols shares how to podcast from home

How do you record podcasts in the era of social distancing? Read Chris Nichols’ guide to the hardware, software and teddy bears that helped CG Garage go remote.

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How to pick the right rendering hardware with V-Ray Benchmark

Discover how V-Ray Benchmark first started out, its role in the CG industry today, as well as how to run and analyze CPU and GPU rendering benchmark tests.

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V-Ray GPU Adds Support for NVIDIA RTX

RTX acceleration brings a speed boost to new V-Ray Next updates

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What are caustics and how to render them the right way

Caustics are everywhere in the real world but rarely seen in renders. Learn why they’ve been ignored — and how you can now render them effortlessly in Corona.

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Real-time, ray-traced and rasterized rendering explained

Do you know the difference between the three Rs of rendering? We shine a light on the basics of real-time, ray-traced and rasterized rendering to break it down.

The new features you need to know in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

Are you using the full power of V-Ray Next in your workflow? Vlado Koylazov reveals the essential new features V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, update 2.

Listen up! We’ve compiled 2018’s top 15 CG Garage podcasts

Punk production designers, CG portrait painters, powerful producers and previz pioneers — Chris Nichols selects his favorite podcasts of the last 12 months.

V-Ray GPU advancements in V-Ray Next for Maya

V-Ray Next for Maya is leaps and bounds ahead of 3.6 when it comes to V-Ray GPU capabilities. We’ve compiled some of the most significant improvements.

Accelerate your workflow with V-Ray Next for Maya IPR

We’ve improved the way that IPR works in V-Ray Next for Maya to help you dramatically speed up your workflow. Here’s everything you need to know.

Profiling the NVIDIA RTX cards

You’ve seen the future of ray tracing and GPU rendering. Now learn how the GeForce RTX cards performed in Vlado’s benchmarking experiments, and what it means.

Understanding metalness

The importance of metalness and why we’ve added the Metalness parameter to the V-Ray standard material to better support a PBR workflow in V-Ray Next.

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Dramatically Expand your Material and Texture Library with V-Ray Plugin Nodes

Would you like more shaders and textures at your fingertips? In this helpful guide, we’ll reveal the key to unlocking access through the V-Ray Plugin Nodes.

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What does the new NVIDIA RTX hardware mean for ray tracing, GPU rendering & V-Ray?

With the big announcement of new GPU ray-tracing hardware, Vlado explains what this breakthrough means for the future of rendering.

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Ray-Traced Rendering Accelerates to Real-Time With Project Lavina

Discover how Project Lavina is adding real-time to the ease and accuracy of ray tracing for Chaos solutions.

V-Ray Next: Denoising in Production

We explain the differences between NVIDIA's AI denoiser and V-Ray Next's own denoiser. We explain how ours allows for proper compositing and temporal denoising.

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Getting a cinematic look with V-Ray GPU Next & volumetrics

Tomasz Wyszolmirski from Dabarti Studio shares some top volume rendering techniques using V-Ray Next.

How to set up Lighting Analysis in V-Ray Next

Find out how to analyze and measure the light levels in your 3D scene using the new Lighting Analysis tools in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max.

© André Matos
Next Level GPU Rendering in V-Ray Next

Learn all about the new production-ready features and improvements coming to V-Ray GPU in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max.

© Ian Spriggs
V-Ray Next: The science behind the new hair shader

A deeper look at the new hair shader in V-Ray next. It describes how to understand the shader in a more physiological way, then takes you through the steps of setting one up for Look development including using V-Ray GPU in IPR rendering.

V-Ray Next: Switching the camera from manual to automatic

The new automatic exposure and white balance settings in V-Ray next not only make the rendering process simpler and faster, but they also balance your renderings for both speed and quality.