This page introduces the Atmospheric and Environment effects for V-Ray for 3ds Max.


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The Atmospheric and Environment effects in V-Ray simulate fog, atmospheric haze and participating media for a number of image effects. They also include VRayToon, a cartoon-styled non-photorealistic effect that enables toon shading as a render effect throughout the scene.

These effects are available under the Atmosphere rollout on the Effects dialog (Rendering menu > Effects).

Image courtesy of David Lesperance

Atmospheric Effects

The true atmospheric effects provided by V-Ray are:

  • Environment Fog - An atmospheric effect that simulates participating media like fog, atmospheric dust.
  • Aerial Perspective - Simulates the aerial perspective effect, the result of viewing objects from a distance through the Earth's atmosphere. The effect is similar to fog or haze.
  • Sphere Fade Gizmo - A V-Ray specific atmospheric effect that extracts and renders small parts of the scene by putting them in an atmospheric gizmo.




Environment Fog


Aerial Perspective


Sphere Fade Gizmo



Toon Render Effect

VRayToon is a very simple atmospheric plugin that produces cartoon-style outlines on specific objects in the scene. See the Toon Render Effect page for more information.