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4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to V-Ray 2.0 in Sketch up, 4 April 2014
This review is from: Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for Sketchup (Paperback)
As a training author ( lynda.com ) I had the opportunity to be one of the Technical Reviewer for this book and so having already worked through all of the steps from cover to cover, I can honestly say that it covers a lot of ground.

Given that SketchUp is not my usual 3d Application of choice (this being 3ds Max) I was a little concerned that chunks of information in the book may not have been particularly relevant/useful to me personally, which surprisingly was not the case! Because the book really does concentrate on V-Ray as a tool rather than the functionality of the host application, a lot of the principles and steps taken in the text teach as much about rendering in general as they do about V-Ray specifically. I would expect that even non sketchup (and even V-Ray users) could still pull a good amount of useful knowledge from this book.

The Book starts with a ‘hands on’ quick fire chapter that forces the reader to jump right in to the nitty gritty of V-Ray and shows how to create the basic ingredients a good quality render. You definitely won't spend the first few chapters twiddling your thumbs. From here the book backtracks a little and takes us through a much more methodical approach to lighting and rendering, showing why you would want to choose one option over another in V-Ray whilst at the same time showing what the option can do for us.

This approach might not be everyones cup of tea as a couple of the chapters look purely at the technical aspects of lighting and materials in general, but personally I prefer to know ‘why’ I’m being told to do something inside a piece of software and so this was not a problem for me. It certainly arms the user with knowledge that can be applied to trying out their own approach. Admittedly this does slow the pace of the book down a little, but by this stage it is a welcome change. By the time we reach the end of the publication you feel like you have not only seen how to put together a decent quality final render using the SketchUp assets supplied, but also that you can readily transpose what has been taught onto your own projects.

One big downside for me is the that the book is printed in black and white, meaning it can sometimes be difficult to see (in the images) just what the author is talking about. This IS negated however by the fact that a colour images PDF can be downloaded by purchasers of the book. (The E Formats are in color).

To conclude then, whether you are new to V-Ray in SU or already have a measure of experience, I would say that there is something of use for everyone in this book, especially so if you are new to V-Ray 2.0 as many of its new features are used to good effect in here.
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