Free download of 25 tree textures with alpha maps

There are basically two options to add foliage and trees to any scene in architectural visualization and the first one is by creating 3d tress, which can add a huge amount of data to your project and the other one is by simply use textures. From both options the use of textures is by far […]

realistic glass Cycles

Realistic glass with Blender Cycles

The setup of a certain group of materials sometimes demands a lot of work and tests to find the best combination of nodes, textures and lights. One of those materials is glass, because of their nature we must place some key elements around the scene to reflect over the surface and get a good effect […]

Apartment rendering with Blender Cycles

What do you use to start a project? A photo from a real world environment? The work of another artist? Sometimes it might be much easier to use a reference to get started, and another project that looks like the one you are trying to create may give the right directions. A few days ago […]

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 […]

Blender Cycles with support for Light portals

A new version of Blender is on its way and some important updates may help architectural visualization artists to create better interior visualizations! With Blender 2.75 we will be able to use Light Portals in Blender Cycles, which may improve the speed of the rendering for internal scenes, because fewer samples will be required to […]

Blender Cycles: Free shaders for architectural visualization

How are your skills to craft shaders for architecture in Blender Cycles? Well, if you struggle to find the best settings for glass and glossy materials, you can download for free a set of two shaders in BlendSwap specially suited for architecture. The author of the collection is called sadaj72, and he posted the file […]

Urban visualization modeled with Blender and rendered with Cycles

When the subject of an architectural visualization project is an urban space most artists immediately starts to think about the size of the scene, and how much hardware will be necessary to render the project. If you never worked on urban visualization projects before, it is important to notice that these kinds of scenes usually […]

Rendering a still life scene with Blender Cycles

An architectural visualization artist must know how to properly setup a scene to render external views of buildings, landscapes and interior spaces. Besides those skills I do believe that knowing how to render simple objects, like a studio setup is also an important skill. From time to time a project may require the creating of […]