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Quadro M6000 with 24GB of memory

A good graphic card is a must have these days especially if you have plans to render complex scenes. For Blender and Cycles, you probably will pick a CUDA enabled card from NVIDIA. A considerable number of models and options are enormous and also the cost. Some of those cards will start with affordable prices […]

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SmartNormap: Free tool to create normal maps

The use of normal maps is a smart and efficient way to create 3d geometry with no need of extra polygons on your project. A problem that many architectural visualization artists encounter is that usually we have a lot of textures for color but very few to use as normal maps. There are lots of […]

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Free download of 1500 stock footage videos in 4K

The use of video stock footage is not that common for an architectural visualization artist, but it’s never too much to get a free resource for future reference. An art director called Mitch Martinez just released on his web site an incredible collection of 1500 videos in 4k captured with a Red Epic camera. All […]

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Free download of textures for architectural visualization

I just came across to another source for free textures online called Texturepilot. The site has by now almost a hundred thousand textures available to download, and according to their terms of use we can take those textures and use in commercial projects. But, unfortunately we can`t download textures at will and to get that […]

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Free textures for games and interactive presentations

How many times did you use the Blender Game Engine to produce interactive architectural visualizations? A lot of architects and artists using Blender doesn’t know that they can actually create high quality presentations for architecture, by using something like a 3d game, to allow their clients to interact and walk around their projects. And besides […]

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Free download of HDRI maps for architecture

A really nice way to light up a scene is with the use of HDRI maps to illuminate a scene with a setup close to one available when the image was produced. In movies and visual effects this type of map is used to merge virtual elements like characters into real scenarios. But, for architectural […]

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New measurement tool for Inkscape

When I must work on a 2D layout for architecture, one of tools that I like to use to create floor plans is Inkscape. A 2d vector drawing software tool like Inkscape gives us a lot of freedom to add and change layouts, using simple actions like drag and drop. For those of you that […]

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Quick tip: Managing render with Dropbox

One of my students asked me today about an easy and “cheap” way to manage the render of an animation project. The goal was to make three or four computers in different locations, to render parts of the animation. Two computers at the college, and other two computers distributed at his home and on a […]