Thursday, December 9th, 2010 Posted by Jim Thacker

Video tutorial: sharper shadows with HDRI in V-Ray

HDRI lighting can create great-looking renders but it often generates undesirably soft edges on shadows. In this four-minute video tutorial, recorded exclusively for CG Channel, visualisation artist Matt Guetta explains how to preserve crisper shadows in your V-Ray renders through use of the irradiance map.

Update: the video takes a while to start after the pre-roll ad. Leave it playing for 15 seconds and it should be fine.

Download the MAX file for the tutorial here

Get the HDRI used in the video here (commercial link)

Visit Matt Guetta’s site for more free V-Ray tutorials