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Free download of a building model created with Blender

By the time you get to the end of a project and everything is set to start the final render, you realize that something is missing: the background! This is the moment that you wish for some generic 3d models to place behind your own model, just to compose a nice background. If you don’t […]

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Understanding Path Tracing

You probably have already seen at the Blender interface something related to a word called “Path Tracing”. What is it exactly? This is the main algorithm used by Cycles to compute light on your architectural visualization projects, and not only by Cycles! A lot of renderers use Path Tracing as their main render method. Do […]

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Free download of a frosted glass shader for Cycles

A few days ago I did posted here on Blender 3D Architect a project called Sauna House, which made use of frosted glass in an architectural visualization project rendered with Cycles. Do you know how to setup frosted glass in Blender Cycles? If you never tried to create a node setup for this type of […]

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Sauna House: Frosted glass in architectural visualization

The use of glass in architecture is a well-known way to give an aspect of modernism and sophistication to any project, but it has to be used wisely to make a visual statement. When you deal with architectural visualization the setup of glass is also important, because it can make your render to take much […]

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Realistic 3d trees for architecture

What is the best way to place trees in your architectural visualization project? For me I always try to use textures to get the best result and at the same time keep the scene easy to edit. But, a texture may not be useful at all times and specially when you have a moving camera […]

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Texturise: Free texture libraries

The search for free texture libraries never ends and last week I found another one that might be useful for architectural visualization. This time it is a collection called Texturise and it has interesting options for 3d artists. All files are available with maps for diffuse, normal and specular options. Besides those different types of […]

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Migrating from LuxRender to Cycles

If you ever made some architectural visualization with Blender in the not so distant past, you probably have already used some external render like LuxRender. I have used both LuxRender and YafaRay a lot, and some of my oldest projects were all rendered with them. When a client ask for a change on any rendered […]

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Blender 2.75 released

After a long wait Blender 2.75 has finally been released! The new version of our beloved 3d software is available for download at this link. If you don’t know this address, it lists all Blender releases since the beginning, which is great for compatibility purposes. What are the highlights of Blender 2.75 for architecture visualization? […]