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


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. (more…)

3 Tileable Hedge Textures Free Download for 3D Rendering

Here you can download your free set of three seamlessly tileable hedge textures. You can use it for your private as well as for your commercial projects:

There are many ways to visualize a hedge. Especially in a 3D rendering a 3D model of a hedge is likely the best way to get a realistic look. But often times you need a quick-and-dirty solution especially when you want to add a hedge to an existing illustration. But also when you have to colorize e.g. sections or elevations a seamlessly tileable hedge texture could be very useful.

If you want to use the texture in Adobe Photoshop it is a good idea to create a pattern. Then you can use the texture to fill also large selections in your image with it. Test it – you can create nice effects with it.

It is also a good choice if you want to get a more abstract and less photorealistic look. You can play around with the saturation and the transparency of the texture to make the hedge not that dominant.

If you have to create a complete presentation of your architectural design often times a material library is a good idea to visualize also the look-and-feel of your building. Collect the characteristic materials and textures of your design and sort them in a separated area of your presentation. Therefore these kind of textures also work fine – yes also textures of vegetation like the hedges.

We are curious about your ideas how to use the textures – please drop us a line in the comment box.

Thank you!

Photoshop Tutorial – How to apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces

Photoshop Tutorial - Textures on uneven surfaces

I just stumbled on the Photoshop Tutorial “How to Apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces” at The used technique is very interesting to see the possibilities how to best work with textures in Photoshop.

The tutorial sets the focus on the adaption of uneven surfaces and comes with a video tutorial as well.

10 Grunge Background Textures – Free Download


Textures of scratched surfaces, rusty metal, old stone walls are currently hip. Therefore we present you 10 free Grunge Background Textures for free download for your private AND commercial projects

The textures are each about 3000 px x 2250 px and due to the high resolution they can be used in various projects. Nobody can escape the typical grunge look these days. You find the dirty look combined with vector elements on t-shirts and even in webdesign projects. (more…)

Photoshop Tutorial – How to create a tileable pebble texture


Photos of surfaces and structures are often used in architectural visualization projects. But before you can use them you have to make them seamlessly tileable to avoid the pattern effect.

There are several ways to make textures seamlessly tileable. There are some specialized tools out there but I learned by experience that the best way is still the hard way: Create them manually in Photoshop especially if you want to a high quality texture which can also be used in future projects. But if you already find a good tool which helps you to create your textures, drop me a line in the comment box. (more…)