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Ivy Generator Scene with V-Ray 2.0

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Date Added: 30th August 2011
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Hi, I am Luis Fábregas and in this tutorial you will learn how to use the Ivy Generator on a simple V-Ray scene in 3ds Max. The Ivy Generator is a free piece of software created by Thomas Luft and you can download it on his website

The first thing we can do is create a simple scene with a plane and a torus knot in the middle of the scene (Fig.01).

Fig. 01

Add a V-Ray light on both sides of scene and another one in front of torus (Fig.02).

Fig. 02

You can see the parameters of all the lights in the new V-Ray 2.0 feature: V-Ray Light Lister. Open the Tools panel and then open V-Ray Light Lister to change all the light parameters at once without having to click on them one by one (Fig.03).

Fig. 03

You must know that the more subdivisions you have on lights the greater quality you will achieve, but the heavier the render will be. Place a camera in front of the scene and activate the lights, as shown in Fig.04.

Fig. 04

I have used these concrete and rock textures for the scene wall and the rock. You only need to use diffuse and bump maps to achieve a clean render (Fig.05).

Fig. 05

Apply an UVW map to geometry and create VRayMtls with your favorite textures (Fig.06).

Fig. 06

Now it's time to export the entire scene into the Ivy Generator. Create a copy of the entire scene and attach it to create a single mesh (do not remove or attach the original scene). Export it as an OBJ using the ZBrush preset and don't forget to change the faces to Triangles. If you export a mesh to Ivy Generator in quads it will not work (Fig.07).

Fig. 07

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::reza:: on Tue, 24 March 2015 2:36pm
my ivy leaves not showing at render,
Troyking on Fri, 27 April 2012 1:08pm
G_R_E_A_T tutorial ... sir ! ... but i cant understand v-ray rendering ... i use 3ds max 2012 Please ! give another master tutorial about IV-GEN, and 3ds max ...
Weish on Tue, 10 April 2012 12:30am
Nice tutorial Luis.But tell me,is that plugin or plugins work for 3ds max 2011 x64 version ? Thanks.
Luis Fabregas on Sat, 15 October 2011 8:15am
Thanks Raul, you can download it here: If you have 3ds max you can even download this plugin from here:
Raul on Wed, 12 October 2011 11:29pm
Nice tutorial! Where do i get this Ivy Generator?
Luis F�bregas on Thu, 29 September 2011 5:55pm
Hi Efendy and sorry for the delay. Create a copy of your entire scene and attach it to create a single object. In export options, if you dont change the mesh into tris it will be flipped in ivy generator so change quads to tris. Cheers. My new homepage:
Efendy on Thu, 15 September 2011 5:39pm
I have questions, how do you attach it in a single mesh when we're going to export the torus and the plane become OBJ? When I import the OBJ file to the ivy generator, my view of my 3d object is opposite from my 3d max view.. Sorry, I'm not really good at English..
Alireza on Thu, 01 September 2011 9:51am
Ron Acord on Tue, 30 August 2011 9:41pm
This used to be the way that I did it for a couple of years. I could never find the 64-bit version as none of my machines now run on 32. The easiest method now is the guruware ivy plugin that grows straight inside max! You can animate and have tons of control, and its free too. Here is the link: dl at bottom of page. :D
Vit on Tue, 30 August 2011 8:38pm
How about this instead?
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