V-Ray 8.11 [pack material]

Pack Material


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  1. To package (“pack”) the a desired material, open the V-Ray Material Editor.
  2. Right-click on the name of the material
  3. Select “Pack Material”
  4. Navigate to your flash drive resources folder (or other appropriate folder) and save your material.  V-Ray will save a .zip file with your material and all referenced files used by your material.
  5. To use/load this material, you must unzip the archive and then follow V-Ray 8.12 [import .vismat].

Note:  Below is for earlier versions of V-Ray.  If you have V-Ray 1.5 and above, follow the instructions above.

  1. Often, once you have worked to create and refine a given material, you will want to save that material for later use.
  2. In the V-Ray material editor, right click on your finished material and select “Export.”
  3. Give your material a descriptive name, navigate to a V-Ray materials folder on your flash drive and click the Save button.
    • Note: You will need to save the texture, transparency, bump, displacement, etc. maps with your .vismat file. I suggest putting them all together in a folder with the name of the material and the sample file (created below).
  4. Often, I find it useful to have a rendered version of your material for quick reference. You can create a simple set of shapes and perform a rendering or you can download a sample file from the course website by navigating to this tutorial (Tutorials>V-Ray>V-Ray 8.11 [export .vismat]).
  5. Once you have downloaded the above file, open it in Rhinoceros. Follow V-Ray 8.12 [import material] to import the .vismat file you created in step 3.
  6. Render your scene and save the file into the same folder where you saved your .vismat material in step 3. Append “_Sample” to the filename for easy recognition.
  7. Right click on the folder in your flash drive and select “Send To>Compressed (Zipped) Folder”
  8. Upload this .zip file to the course website (so you can always find it) along with the _sample image file you created in step 6. Tag your material in the “Rhinoceros Materials” section so that it is searchable and categorized then publish your post.

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