post-production architectural visualization

Free alternative for post-production architectural visualization

What is the best option to work with post-production architectural visualization? At some point, you will have to create a render and later, make small adjustments in either color or visual aspects of your image. We work in a field that has close ties to photography and much of the tools we use, will eventually […]

Free alternative to SketchUp

Free alternative to SketchUp with DWG support

When you visit an office that works with architectural development, you will find an extensive list of software and tools, from regular office tools to 3D graphics and CAD. Among those softwares, a significant amount of people still uses and likes to start a project in SketchUp. You can create quick 3D volumetrics with the […]

Tree it: Free tool to create 3D Trees as OBJ files

An external visualization project will need a significant amount of vegetation to create the proper context, and reproduce a believable environment. If you have performance issues with large 3D files, a good solution would be to invest in cutout images of trees to apply directly in planes. Since they are just textures, you won’t add […]

Importing 3ds max files to Blender

Update: Here is an updated article that shows how to use only free resources to convert max files without 3ds Max. In the past few years, some of the changes imposed by Autodesk to the licensing and pricing model of software 3ds max caused an exodus of 3d artists to other platforms. A lot of […]

Free tool for copy and paste data between 3d applications

Taking 3d data from one application to another may turn out into a smooth or terrible experience. If you don’t have the proper tools or use a file format that will allow you to pass information between different software, you may end up rebuilding the 3d file again. For architectural visualization, you probably are familiar […]

Art Mesh: Free tool to convert triangles to quads

The topology of a 3d model can become a problem when we deal with animations and non-regular models made of triangles and lots of n-gons. If you have a 3d model like that, its mostly certain that any kind of deformation will generate artifacts. In architecture its not common to have this kind of problem […]

Free open source normalmap generator

The first thing that comes to mind when we have a project to model is to create everything using polygons, which in some cases can be a bad move. You will end up with a lot of geometry in your model that could be shown using nothing more than textures. That is an extremely good […]

Is SketchUp Make really free for architects?

What is the best option for an architect to work with 3d models and visualization of their projects? I always get this question from fellow architects every time the subject comes to the table. And you can imagine that my answer starts with the “B” letter. But, it’s quite common to be questioned about how […]