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Image Based Lighting with the Dome Light Overview

This tutorial will teach you how to use the dome light feature in V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp.  The VRay Dome Light is a V-Ray specific light source plug-in that can be used to create image base lighting setup.

Part I: Creating the Dome Light

Step 1. First Render

1.1. Open the scene (which can be found found here, size 51 MB).

1.2. Open the V-Ray Options menu.  

1.3. Go to the Environment rollout and unchecked GI (skylight) and Reflection/refraction (background).

1.4. Doing a test render will produce a black scene at this point.

Step 2. Adding a Dome light

2.1. From the V-Ray toolbar click on the dome light icon  and then click anywhere in the scene.  This will place the dome light. (screen shot)