The book CHIAROSCURO WITH V-RAY is based on fine-tuning the chiaroscuro effect which follows the 5-Step Render Workflow. This method combines the technical aspects of rendering with photographic concepts. The exercises, images, and insights retrace the classic themes without compromising the basics of the software. This makes the book usable to entry level and experienced users.

The Chiaroscuro effect improves the lighting and the appearance of materials comparable to real photography. The modeling with light gives a more realistic view and great artistic momentum to photorealistic rendering.

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00 – Introduction
01 – First Steps with the 5SRW Method
02 – Chiaroscuro Is the Key
03 – Rendering Modes
04 – Using V-Ray Like a DSLR Camera
05 – Light Balance
06 – From Basic to Advanced Materials
07 – Controlling Tone Distribution
08 – Exterior Rendering
09 – V-Ray Sun System
10 – V-Ray Fur, Bump and Displacement
11 – Complete Flow of the 5SRW Method
12 – IES, LightMesh and HDRI
13 – Chiaroscuro Analysis Techniques
14 – Animation: Optimizing Photographic Sequences
15 – Tips & Tricks

The book is suitable for any version of V-Ray:

  • All material is not bound to a specific version of V-Ray.
  • Relates the application of photography to the rendering engine. 
  • Compatible with V-Ray for 3ds Max Version 3 and V-Ray Next.
  • The material is also applies to users of V-Ray for Rhino, SketchUp, Maya, and C4D.

About the Author:

The author Ciro Sannino has a degree in Industrial Design and has been involved with 3D and Rendering since 1997. He is certified by Chaos Group the developer of V-Ray. Ciro is also an official instructor and V-Ray Mentor.  

Since 2012, Ciro has been holding conferences worldwide on the application of photography to rendering. He’s also in charge of the online content of, a course that is complementary to this book.

He developed the 5SRW™ Method (5-Step Render Workflow) and uses this in his live workshops. This method is implemented in this book.

Contents of the DVD:

The DVD is attached to this book. Within the DVD is a folder called V-Ray. There you will find the .MAX files, textures, videos, and .JPG files of the images contained in the book. 

Who is the book for?

The book is for new and experienced users of V-Ray that are looking for a way to organize their ideas in a simple straightforward way.


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