Tutorial: How to Make and Render Super Realistic 3d Grass with 3DS MAX

In this tutorial we will show the procedure of making a grassy field in order to enhance realism in our exterior architectural visualizations. Therefore we will first model and texture the 3d grass blades and afterwards use a “Scatter Plugin” to randomly distribute the single blades of a large surface. With this technique you can create super realistic grass and lawn for your next exterior architectural rendering project.

Usually most private residences are surrounded by yards with short cut lawn so we should be able to render this kind of “foreground” on our own for your next architectural visualization job. In addition we share our grass blade textures with you, so grab this free download! But now let´s get started! (more…)

ARCHICAD Tutorial: How to Render an Interior Scene With CineRender?

ARCHICAD Tutorial for Architecture Rendering Daylight Night Time

Basic Tips to Render your Architectural Scenery with ARCHICAD

In this tutorial we want to take a look at ARCHICAD by Graphisoft and which settings can be used to create architecture visualization of a day and a night time interior scenery.

We are using the latest versions (18 or 19) of ARCHICAD. These versions are not so complicated to use, even if you are not skilled BIM modeler, and have a settings tool which is easy to use and modify.

Firstly, it is important to speak about some general rules, which are not directly connected to the direct render setting, but still make a huge impact on the final product. (more…)

Architectural Visualization Tutorial: Modern Residence with 3DS MAX + Corona Renderer

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In this tutorial Apostolos from Greece will show us his workflow for an architecture visualization project with 3DS MAX and the free Corona Renderer which creates pretty good photorealistic renderings. You should check it out!

Background of this architectural rendering job

In this tutorial we will try to go through the basic steps of architectural visualization using one of our recent projects. The client requested to create a number of still visuals of a new modern-classic private residence with a big lawn garden, placed in Athens, Greece.
We had a very tight deadline so when we finished the project and delivered the stills (clear sky shots), we had the time and the chance to work further on our project to improve the overall quality and play around with different setups (cloudy mood and night shots). I want to share with you the different steps as well as the lessons learned in this project. (more…)

How to Create a Quick Sectional Architecture Drawing in Sketchup and Photoshop

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In this beginner tutorial we want to give you an insight how to create quickly a sectional drawing in Sketchup for your next and add some visual elements for e.g. a architecture presentation. We use a quite simple model here and go quickly through the steps to give you an idea about the general workflow. We also use and link to various of our free archi-viz graphics so do not miss to get through the steps and grow your own library of graphics for architecture visualization on the side :-) Enjoy! (more…)

How to create a 3D architecture floor plan rendering

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In the world of architecture and interior design, 3D renderings play a major role for better communication between the architect or designer and his clients. Not everybody can “read” an architectural 2D floor plan with all its technical elements therefore it is important to convert this plan into more understandable layout. An easy way is to use only the most relevant elements of the 2D drawing and add some colors to make it more understandable. But during the last years the 3D rendering of the architecture floor plan becomes more and more popular as it presents the design in a way everybody can understand directly.

So today in this tutorial I am going to show you the process of converting 2D floor plan into a realistic 3D floor view. (more…)

How To Create Shadows in Photoshop for Architectural Visualization

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So, do you want to create shadows in Photoshop for your next architectural presentation? Let’s start stating some keypoints:

It is different to create shadows for cutout objects (persons, trees, cars) than to create shadows for buildings. Also it is different to create atmospherical shadows (like the blurred shadow of a non-visible tree in the foreground of the rendering) than the previous ones I mentioned. Why? Well maybe they differ just a bit in the process, but the effect to achieve is different.

Btw: As you might constantly looking to find more high quality cutout graphics and textures for architecture visualization you should check out our “Free Download” category – you will find several professional graphics here that you can use for free – even for commercial projects!

Also notice there is a huge gap into just creating shadows than creating realistic shadows. Anyone can add shadows, but making them look as if they were rendered is a whole new world. In this article I want explain my workflow when it comes to this typical photoshop task for architects.

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Architecture Interior Rendering: Adding and Changing Volume Light in Photoshop

Tutorial How to create volume light in photoshop architecture rendering

In this tutorial I want to touch on a typical task that needs to be mastered when it comes to post processing of an architectural interior scenery with Photoshop. Often times it is faster to change and optimize some lightning effects in Photoshop and not in the rendering tool (like 3DS MAX, Cinema 4D or Rhino..) itself as the rendering process can take quite a bit of time. From my experience the best approach is to start with some proper settings for lightning the interior scenery but the experiment in Photoshop to polish the rendering finally. (more…)

SketchUp Plugins for Architecture Modeling and Visualization – Part II

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SketchUp is a really great tool for architects and quite popular! Therefore we want to present you here some plugins that are helpful especially for architecture modeling and rendering with SketchUp to speed up your workflow and enhance your visualization quality at the same time! (more…)

How To Use FaceMe Tree Components in Sketchup

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As we learned using 3d vegetations in Sketchup could bring great results, but slow down the rendering process and overall workflow quite a bit. Often times we need a good result in a reasonable time frame. Here the Sketchup faceme components are ideal to use for trees. The genereal idea is to use a cutout tree image that is mapped on a plane which can be placed in your scenery like a billboard. Why “faceme component”? Because you can define that this plane should always face the camera! This is great because now you do not have to make sure that all the trees you use are aligned to the active camera!

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to use 2d vegetation images as faceme components in sketchup – a must for everybody who is interested in architecture visualization in Sketchup. (more…)

Architecture Visualization Post Production in Photoshop

Post Processing Architecture Visualization

Have you ever looked at a rendering and wondered just how the author creating such an interesting complex space and wished you could do something similar?

I recently found a nice video by Andrei Oprinca on how to make architectural renderings more interesting, complex and realistic. It’s full of great tips that I would like to elaborate on while adding a few of my own. The secret to this type of rendering in Photoshop is to add and keep adding elements to your image until the space looks real. Finding the appropriate stock images can be difficult and it can be time consuming to cut them all out, a great tool to speed up your renderings is to already have a variety of stock images to choose from. (more…)