The Complete Guide to Creating Iray Shaders

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ray is a physically based renderer used in DAZ Studio and it calculates the behaviour of light in a way as close to reality as possible. In these tutorials Esha goes over a comprehensive guide you in creating Iray shaders from start to finish. It’s all about using the Iray uber shader to create realistic looking materials for your products or artwork.

Esha has used Iray since it’s release in Beta. She’ll take you through the whole process of shader creation and then go in depth with seven very useful case studies of different shader materials. She goes through in detail visual examples of the Iray shader properties, remarking on recommended settings and property combinations.

These recordings are taken from live webinars with the benefit of Q&A from students throughout.

Bonus tuition materials included :

1) Master reference Uber Shader Reference Guide. This has been created as “artist friendly” and is a complete visual guide to each of the PBR Metallicity/Roughness Properties.
2) Prop testing pack including render presets and shader examples as used through the course.

Session 1:

Shader vs. Shader Preset
The Iray Uber shader
Iray and 3Delight
Iray Shader Properties, focus on the PBR Metallicity/Roughness Mode
Visual examples of each, recommended settings and combination of properties

Session 2:

Gathering reference images
How to set up a material
Using a preset as a base
From scratch
Analysing a material
Preparing the maps
Seven Case Studies of shaders in-depth

Session 3:

Review of homework assignments

Session 4:

Saving out Shader Presets

Presenter : Esha

Esha lives in Austria and has been creating 3D products for nearly 12 years.

She has created content for Smith Micro and Daz and is an active vendor at

When Daz released the Developer Tools for Daz Studio in 2008 she integrated them into her workflow and has been working with Daz Studio, alongside Poser, ever since. In recent years she has been focusing on DS for product development.

Esha’s favourite tools include Daz Studio, Poser, ZBrush, Wings3D, Xfrog, Marvelous Designer, UVLayout and Photoshop. In all of these she is a self-taught artist, basing her skills on years of experience and numerous online tutorials.

She fully understands the difficulties of moving from Poser to Daz Studio, having made that journey herself, and enjoys passing on her Studio know-how to new users.

Esha also has several years of experience in teaching adults. She firmly believes that the best way to learn is to actively do something yourself, so she favours a hands-on approach in teaching.

Knowing only too well how tiresome it is to gather scraps of information all over the web she wants to provide comprehensive webinars that really offer solid information. Moving from the basics to advanced procedures she takes care to make sure that her audience will be able to follow her courses smoothly.

In her spare time Esha loves listening to classical music, baking muffins and collecting cat photos.


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    April 24, 2017

    There seems to be a problem with the archive. It does not decompress correctly. Only one Video is useable. Please correct the post. THY

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