This is a Vray material for a window screen. It may not be useful for all situations but it did the job for the render seen below.
Lately I have decided to start using HDRI images as my light source in my exterior renders. This has been one of the best decisions I have made. I enjoy realistic renderings and HDRI makes that possible. A couple notes I have learned: EXR files provide better results which is due to the amount information packed into the image giving it more tweaking options. Another thing is that if you link a Vray sun to the dome light the HDRI is will be connected so you get more control over the shadows and brightness of the image. I will post a couple really useful tutorials that has helped me get started with HDRI lighting in 3Ds Max and Vray.
The first image is a bit older and the second image has some modified textures. The post work is different but you can see how much better the reflections and overall feel of the image with HDRI lighting is. It is more realistic and pleasing to the eye and easier to manipulate in post work. I could probably get the same result with just the sun and sky but it would take more time and tweaking and many test renders to get the same results that the HDRI naturally provides. Like I said I am still learning about this and I welcome any comments or suggestions relating to HDRI lighting.
I visit a ton of resource website to help make my work flow more manageable as well as finding textures and references almost everyday. Creative Market is one of the best ones out there.
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