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How to Create a Vray Material Library in Sketchup

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How to create a Vray Material Library in Sketchup? | Easy Vray 5 for Sketchup Tutorial

In this blog, I’ll show you how to create a Custom Vray Material Library in Sketchup from scratch. This will enable you to organise your materials better and also use the library for all your future projects.

1. Open your Vray Asset Editor

Open the Vray Asset Editor from your Vray Toolbar
Once you open the Asset Editor, click on the toggle button (marked as red), to open up the default Vray Library in Sketchup

You will need an active connection to see the default Vray Library that comes shipped with Vray.

2. Click on the Open Folder Button on the Bottom Left

You will need to create a folder structure and create subfolders so that your Library looks more organised. (it can be located in any directory path)

Here’s how I’ve categorised my Folders

  • Vray Material Library
    • Vray Exterior Material Library
      • Background
      • Bricks
      • Roads
      • Sidewals
      • etc
    • Vray Interior Material Library
      • Acrylic
      • CNC
      • Countertops
      • Curtains
      • Emissive Materials
      • Fabric
      • etc.

And this is how the subfolders look

And once you open the folder, it will load it in to Vray as per your folder structure as shown below

These folders already contained Vray materials called .vrmat files.

If you’d like access to my Vray Material Library which I update on a weekly basis, click here.

3. How to add & remove Materials from your Library

Once you’ve opened your Material folder, it is important to start adding materials to the subfolders.

You can do so by simply dragging the materials from your ‘Materials’ list on the Asset editor to your Library

Drag the Material to your Library Window as shown above
It will be added to your Material as shown above.
If you make any changes to the material (like changing the material review or adding reflections), then you can replace the original material (with the same file name) by dragging it to the Library and clicking on ‘Replace’
Now the material will update with the new preview as well

And these materials will populate in your folder as a .vrmat file

If you would like to learn how to create photorealistic renders, do check out our premium Sketchup & Vray Course for Interior Design

Check out our other Vray blogs which you might find useful. 

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