The Chair - Interior Design

Eduardo Souza makes a chair look beautiful.


Hello everybody, my name is Eduardo Souza and I am a professional 3D artist from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. I graduated in Multimedia Digital and am passionate about cars, and it was for this reason that I plunged into the sensational world of 3 dimensions. I come here to share the process of creating a personal work I call 'The Chair'. The main objective was to create a portfolio scene for my website and also to use it as a study of lighting and texturing. I had in mind to create a scene that was both simple and beautiful so I decided to make an Eames Wooden Chair. After searching the internet for lamps, I found the DIY Industrial Wooden Desk Lamp very charming and decided to put that in the scene. Hope you enjoy!

It was that lightbulb moment!

It was that lightbulb moment!


In 3ds Max, space gamma default is 1.0 but the monitors are calibrated to gamma 2.2 space. So we need to adjust our software and rendering engine to work in the same space with our monitor range and this is referred to as LWF (Linear Work Flow) so I enabled Gamma correction settings / LUT.

Early configuring of the scene


The modeling process was simple, highlighting the beautiful DIY Industrial Wooden Desk Lamp I found particularly beautiful and decided to put it in the scene. It became the object I gave more attention, sought by several references to be the closest possible representation. The tissue placed on the chair and curtain were made in Marvelous Designer and exported into 3ds Max to make adjustments. Doors, walls, windows, floor and plinth were also modeled with special attention since it was a small scene. I paid special attention to give extra quality while modeling.

The key is in the details


The scene was simple to model, so I had more time to work on the textures. A diffuse texture was used in the Falloff, and I reduced the blur of the Bump texture to 0.5 to sharpen it without using Displacement - all because I wanted to keep the render times fast.

On the wood texture, I used the same diffuse texture, with color correction in the texture and Reflection and Refl. glossiness activated in the Fresnel reflections. The same applies for all types of wood material in this scene.

Adding textures


For the lighting of the scene I had initially imagined night light - I even did some tests - but I decided that it would be more in harmony if I made it daylight: clean and clear. Then, to illuminate it I used VRaySun to mark the sunlight on the scene and VRay Dome light for global illumination - one VRay light in the window to generate the influence of external light, and another light in VRay for artificial lighting...

The sun is in the East


I used a VRay physical camera and the general settings can be seen in the images. I configured the value of F-number to 4.0 and the value of the shutter speedpara to 50, leaving the scene clearer and sharper. I also set up the white balance to daylight, leaving the scene with more natural light, so the scene was not too yellow or blue.


My render settings were very simple as shown in the picture. As explained above, I rendered to VRayFrameBuffer and enabled Gamma Correction, which is known as Linear Workflow. I used the Color Mapping Reinhard burn value to 0.2 to compensate for the F-number of the camera. I would like to remind people that render settings are specific to scenes and copying exact settings can cause either excessively high rendering times or poor quality, so I would advise everyone to test some parameters in your own scenes and set your settings individually, for each scene may be able to have greater quality or faster render times.

When the magic happens

Post production

I did the post production in Photoshop CS6 and basically made some corrections to Contrast and Brightness. I also reduced by 20% the Saturation for the image to look more realistic. Additionally, I made some corrections to the Curves and Levels in part of the scene and a light touch of Glow. To finish, I applied a chromatic aberration to look like a photograph.

Making it more photorealistic

Making it more photorealistic


I will appreciate any comments and criticism, so do not hesitate to send me your opinion on my scene or simply rate it.

I would like to thank the 3DTotal team for asking me to write this tutorial for the 3DTotal website - your website brings me so much and it has become one of my favorite references!

That's all folks! I would like to thank my family, friends and all of you who support my work. It is with great pleasure that I share this 'Making Of' with you! Thank you very much 3DTotal team!

An incredible attention to detail

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