Join Dave Schultze for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing the interface, part of Rhino and V-Ray: Rendering.
If you've just installed V-Ray and Rhino, you probably want to get going and make a cool renders as soon as possible. But then again, if your a designer and geek like me, it won't be long before you want to customize the Rhino interface. In this video, I'll go over the interface tweaks I use, in case you want to match your screen to these Lynda videos. To make things easier to see, we changed a few of the default colors and appearance settings. All these are accessed under the Tools Options. Let's start off at the top.
We're going to double check our grid. I've got mine set for 30, 10 and 10. Also I turn off the grid axes. Next up we'll go to the Appearance and you want to dial down to Colors. So, probably the most important thing here is the background. We're going to change that to White, hit OK. Then we're going to make the major gridlines just standard Gray, minor grids Light Gray. Now for Interface FeedBack, there's a couple options here for colors. These do not look very good on white, so we're going to change all of them to Red.
FeedBack, Tracking lines, make it Red. Crosshair, just click on the swatch and click on the first Red you see. Next up, we're going to go to Modeling Aids. This is not so much for visualization, but you'll see me moving things around quite a bit. So, I'm going to go to Nudge and I want to have the arrow keys, by default it'll say Alt + arrow, I want to select Arrow keys. Any time I use the four arrows, these cursors: up, down, left, right, or page up, page down, which is Z nudging, those will work as expected, similar to what I'm doing.
Next up we're going to go lighten this screen. So want to go to the Display Modes > Rendered. We'll have to dial down here a ways. The Lighting method should be changed to Default Lighting, it'll probably say Scene Lighting or Custom. So make sure it's Default, so it will not try to use any lights you put in the scene. Sometimes those are not very accurately represented and can be way too light or way too dark. So we're just going to use the built in Default Lights, and then we're going to change the Ambient Color, from black or none, to something a little above 50%.
Don't put any colors in here, just keep it gray and just a little bit above that half way point. Hit OK, and then OK on this Rhino Options, and you'll see it get lightened up very nicely. None of these settings are mandatory to follow the videos. If you do make these tweaks on your computer, they will be saved automatically for the next time. However, many work or school computers that require logins, for multiple users, will not save these Rhino custom settings for security reasons.
Just be aware of what kind of installation you have.
- Why use V-Ray?
- Installing DR Spawner
- Understanding 3D terminology
- Activating V-Ray
- Adjusting quality settings
- Get quick previews with the material override
- Understanding lighting types
- Exploring materials in the Material Editor
- Creating your own materials
- Texture mapping materials with bitmaps and procedurals
- Saving time with V-Ray presets
- Getting the right size for your render with output settings
- Working with environment lighting
- Strategies for working with cameras and camera settings
- Ensuring accurate color for your scene with color correction
- Rendering tips and tricks