Comparison between Octane Render and Blender Cycles

One of the features that really shake the Blender community in the past few weeks was Cycles, with the ability to use modern render methods and GPU power with no external render. But, how Blender Cycles stands today against some of the available GPU based render engines? A few artists made themselves the same question, […]

Tips and tricks about the Blender camera for architecture

You may remember an artist called Viralata that produced some nice tutorials about architectural visualization in the past, and almost all of them showed up here. Now, we have another great tutorial from the same artist dealing with the camera setup for architectural visualization for both static renders and animation. This is a nice subject […]

Using Blender Cycles for Architectural visualization

In the past few days a los of experimental versions of the new Blender render system called Cycles appeared at graphicall.org, and today I finally get my hands on one of those versions. And to show to you how Cycles works, I decided to record a quick video showing how to use Cycles. It is […]

Using textures with alpha maps in Blender 2.5

Let`s start the week with a remake of an old tutorial I did in the past, using Blender 2.4x about how to import textures with alpha maps in Blender. The video below goes through all steps necessary to import and prepare those types of textures for use in Blender, and external renderers. This is great […]

First builds of the new Blender Cycles available to download

If you keep track of the last Blender news, you probably know that in the future Blender will get huge update on his rendering system. This is one of the projects lead by Brecht, one of the main developers from Blender, which is back to the Blender institute. The full history about this new Render […]

CanTree: Free online tree generator

I was reading the last edition of the BlenderArt magazine, number 32, and there I found an interesting resource for architectural visualization artists using Blender. There is an online tree generator called CanTree that you help you on the task of making 2d textures of trees for your project. The online editor is pretty simple […]

Modeling a simple house in Blender: Timelapse video

How to get started with a modeling project in architectural visualization? One of the first steps to start a project is to get the technical drawings as a background in Blender to start working with them, and avoid to get lost with measurements. When we have the technical drawings, this is a great way to […]

Using a geographical sun in Blender 2.5

In architectural visualization projects we often have to use a light that simulates the position of the sun, at a certain date or season. This is used to study the sunlight over a facade of a building during the year. In Blender 2.5 I still didn`t had any option to use a geographical sun to […]