Blender and LuxRender Splash screen contest

One of the traditions of Blender is back, with the announcement of a splash screen contest to pick an image to be used for Blender 2.57. The last release that had a splash screen from a user was 2.49, and since the first alpha of Blender 2.5 only images from Sintel were used. Now, you […]

Creating grass with particles in Blender 2.5

There are lots of different ways to create grass in Blender, with methods that use real geometry, displacement maps and particles. If you never tried to create grass in Blender, I found a tutorial that might help you out. An artist called Ben Amed posted on his blog a step-by-step tutorial on how to setup […]

Free download of trees for architectural visualization

An architectural visualization artist must build a great library of resources like textures and models to use, to use them whenever a project requires some of those items from the library. The ability to use items from a library over and over again can really make the difference on the time we spend on research […]

Detailed guide and tutorial for SmallLuxGPU and Blender

The use of GPU power is one easiest ways to speed up the rendering for any type of project related with 3d visualization. Today we have a lot of tools that help use to use all those cores on our shiny graphics card, and work in real time generating realist images. For Blender 2.50 we […]

How to create a glow effect for lights in architecture

The work of an architectural visualization artist is not constrained to deal with commercial projects for architecture. From time to time we have to work on the design of a scene for a game or even special effects for a small studio. Besides the modeling of large scenarios and buildings, it seems like architectural visualization […]

Free eBook on planning and designing paper models in Blender

The object of architectural visualization is to show a project or idea in a way that anyone could understand, mostly by using a 2d media. At the end of project we will have something like an illustration of a project. But, with all technology available today, a few clients still want a physical model along […]

Blender 2.50: How to import and export from 3ds Max 2010

I still know a lot of architects and 3d artists that uses mostly 3ds Max for their visualization projects. Even in my classroom I have a few students that have to use both Blender and 3ds Max because of their jobs as interns in architectural offices, or animation studios. How good would be to be […]

How to render fluids and glass in LuxRender and Blender

If you ever tried to create a scene with lots of transparent objects, like a room with glass planes and objects know how hard it is to setup a scene like this. Before we start to think about get close to the final setup of the scene, all materials and reflections must be created to […]