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Lighting Architecture Interior Scenes with HDRI Images (3DS Max + VRay Tutorial)

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Image based HDRI lightning compared to alternative techniques

There are a variety of lighting techniques to use when creating an exterior light source for architectural interiors. Some artists like to use a standard direct light while others prefer a simulated sun and sky, such as the v-ray sun. While both of these methods are effective, I find that the lighting produced lacks the subtle imperfections and variations of reality. The most realistic lighting can be achieved by using image-based lighting.   Read more →

Photoshop Tutorial: Pimp 3D Architecture Rendering with Textures, Billboard Trees and People

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Sometimes, we don’t have time to produce a realistic architectural Illustration and all its effects completely in the 3D environment, therefore I often use Adobe Photoshop in the post process to add some effects.

For this tutorial I want to start with a rendering I created in Lumion 3.0, but at the end it does not really matter which animation or rendering software you use, because I want to show you my step-by-step post processing approach of an architectural illustration in Photoshop.   Read more →

Free Download: 5 Texture Photos of Gully- and Manhole Cover etc.

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State-of-the-art architecture renderings look often times like a real photo and it sometimes hard to find out that it is a computer generated image. But how do you recognize that you look at a simulation of architecture instead of a real photo? Often times it is more an intuitive feeling maybe because the rendering simply looks too clean – somehow not natural.   Read more →

3DS MAX + Photoshop Tutorial: Add Billboard Tree and People to Outdoor Architectural Scene

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make an over casted exterior scene. I will not go into every detail and explain everything, but rather want to give you a quick overview of my approach.

For this tutorial I use a relatively easy 3D model and show you what you can do with the help of a few high quality textures. In addition I will show you what effects you can create in Adobe Photoshop to avoid time consuming rendering tests in the 3D environment. By the way: The building is inspired by an academy building in UK.   Read more →

Sky Background Texture Image for your Architecture Rendering – Free Download

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Background texture images for architecture outdoor sceneries are always welcome! The background image of your rendering has an obvious impact on the overall atmosphere of your scene. Maybe the illumination of your building is a big part of your design so you may want to present your building in the evening hours of the day. Or you want to present your building on a sunny spring day? In any case the sky background image is most important.

Here we want to present you a nice freebie of a sky background texture graphic from our professional „SkyBackground Collection“. Note that you are allowed to use this free graphic download for your private AND your commercial projects! And this sunny spring sky texture comes along with a quite impressing quality of more than 11.000 px width! So feel to try this one next time you may need a sky background like this:   Read more →