Free PBR materials and textures

If you make a quick search on news and tutorials related to rendering and materials, you probably will notice that PBR (Physically based render) is a hot subject. Everyone seems to be talking about this kind of rendering because we can work with that on Cycles. What is exactly PBR? If you never heard of […]

98 Free Scifi based textures

Among the resources for architecture that I usually share with my readers (you) here at Blender 3D Architect, most of the time they are “standard” assets like furniture and textures for vegetation, bricks and more. But, what if you needed some textures for a highly contextualized project? Something with a theme related to Scifi. For […]

Interior architectural visualization: Apartment in Cycles

To get a good grip on projects related to architecture using not only Blender but other applications, I have to browse a lot of articles and keep track of artists from different sources. For some people, it might sound boring or tedious, but I enjoy this “hunt” for good sources for architectural projects. And from […]

Interior light for architecture in Blender: Apartment render

What is your preferred light setup for Blender Cycles? For architectural visualization, and mostly for interior views, a common strategy to place lights is to make use of an HDR map for the environment and mix that with big light sources like planes with an emitter material. Of course, you have to find the right […]

Understanding Path Tracing

You probably have already seen at the Blender interface something related to a word called “Path Tracing”. What is it exactly? This is the main algorithm used by Cycles to compute light on your architectural visualization projects, and not only by Cycles! A lot of renderers use Path Tracing as their main render method. Do […]

Free download of a frosted glass shader for Cycles

A few days ago I did posted here on Blender 3D Architect a project called Sauna House, which made use of frosted glass in an architectural visualization project rendered with Cycles. Do you know how to setup frosted glass in Blender Cycles? If you never tried to create a node setup for this type of […]

Sauna House: Frosted glass in architectural visualization

The use of glass in architecture is a well-known way to give an aspect of modernism and sophistication to any project, but it has to be used wisely to make a visual statement. When you deal with architectural visualization the setup of glass is also important, because it can make your render to take much […]

Texturise: Free texture libraries

The search for free texture libraries never ends and last week I found another one that might be useful for architectural visualization. This time it is a collection called Texturise and it has interesting options for 3d artists. All files are available with maps for diffuse, normal and specular options. Besides those different types of […]