SoC 2017: Possible benefits for architectural artists

Have you ever heard of Google Summer of Code (SoC)? It is a project from Google that tries to improve open source tools like Blender, by sponsoring students, mostly from computer sciences, with free time during summer that want to add or improve features on those tools. Every year the organization responsible for the software, […]

Free collection of 3d sculptures from the Louvre

A good library of 3d models is a must have for any architectural visualization artist, because it will allow for a fast development of a project. You can work on the architecture elements like walls, floors and the overall building. And use the objects from the library to quickly populate the scene with furniture. Do […]

Cycles for architecture: Apartment renders

For artists just getting started with architectural visualization you probably will struggle to get only a single view from a project done. But, with time and experience, a single view of a project won’t be enough anymore. For a few artists, it is becoming a routine to release several images from the same project, which […]

Blender for VFX and architecture

When we talk about architectural visualization with Blender, most of us just associate the idea of creating images for potential projects that have a potential to get built. But, as digital artists, we have a much broader field to put architectural modeling and visualization skills to work. Have you ever imagine yourself working in the […]

BIM furniture library compatible with Blender

An architect or engineer that is trying to migrate from project centered software like Revit, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, and others will most likely miss BIM capabilities. Whenever I have the opportunity to help them in the process, one of the first questions they ask me is “Does Blender support BIM?”. Unfortunately, Blender doesn’t have BIM capabilities […]

CutAway Shader: Add-on for section cuts

For architectural visualization presentations, you probably found some projects that required more than a view from the interior of the scene. For instance, a section cut of the project showing the floor plan in perspective or the vertical structure of a building. In Blender, we can use several techniques to create section cuts from models, […]

Free download of 130 textures from Pixar

From all types of textures that you could find for a project or personal library, one of the most useful is the seamless type. They receive this name because we can tile the images side by side and no visible border will appear. With a set of tiles, you can add textures to large surfaces […]

Simple technique to reduce noise on Cycles

What is your preferred method to get rid of noise from renders in Cycles? The first choice for a lot of people is to increase the number of samples, which may result in several hours of render time. Another option is to add even stronger hardware, like high-end GPU models. As a downside, you have […]