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Vray – Caustics 101


This is a tutorial that introduces you to Vray’s Caustics capabilities. Caustic can simulate how light refracts and reflects through a surface in a realistic way, casting light and shadow in a similar manner as to how it would be cast in the real world.

Let’s take a look at how to set up Caustics in 3dsmax + Vray.


off download the scene :  Click here for scene.


Start max, load the scene if max asked about a missing HDR image, goto the material editor and correct the path.

I setup the scene, create a box, and a torus knot
added a spot light
- shadows on (vray shadows)
- under vray parameters check the smooth surface shadows

i’m not gonna explain everything what i did, you can see for you self if you download the scene

and render the scene out, you should have something like :


Now first off we’ll create some materials, so get into the material editor and seleect a new material, change it it vray material
- change reflection and refraction color to white
- check Fresnel reflections
- choose a very licht blue color as Fog color
- set fog multi. to 0.01
- check Affect shadows

assign it to the torus knot

now create a other material, also a vray material
for diffuse color select a light grey

and if you render you have something like this :


now we are missing the caustics, here we go:
get your vray renderer and goto vray:system
click light settings and select spot01

click “generate caustics” on
subdivs : 2500
multi : 100000.0

now go back to the render dialog and search for vray:caustic tab
click “on”
multi. : 4
search dist. : 0.4
max photon : 2000

and render it out you should get something like :


to get some better caustics change to
multi. : 2
search dist. : 0.4
max photon : 2500
also change the under vray:system -> lightsettings > spot01 caustics subdive to 5000

also add a meshsmooth to the torus (render Iter. 2)

then render it out

this is gonna take long, calculating the caustics but well,


And that completes our basic Caustics Tutorial.

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Original tutorial source: Emre Goren

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