Night rendering with SketchUp and Photoshop

One of the most common types of lighting that we have to simulate in 3d for architecture is made by a clear sky with direct sunlight. It is quite uncommon to be asked to place your project at a cloudy sky or even create a night render. From both examples, the one that you may […]

More architectural modeling tutorials with Blender 2.5

Just a few days ago I posted here on the Blog a tutorial created by an artist called Viralata, where he shows in a video how to create roof ridge tiling with Dupliframes in Blender 2.49. There are two more tutorials from the same author available, and this time using Blender 2.5. The two tutorials […]

How to use the LuxRender Car Paint material

From all the external render engines available for Blender 2.5, LuxRender is my choice for projects with internal visualization of architecture. The quality we can achieve is amazing, with only a few mouse clicks and the use of some materials presets. Of course, I do recommend you to study and test the materials to be […]

How to import DWG files to SketchUp 8 free?

Ever since the last upgrade to version 8, SketchUp no longer offers the possibility to import DWG files to the free version of the software. Only the Pro users can use a native solution to directly import DWG files to SketchUp. Are there any workarounds? Sure! I was browsing some articles about SketchUp last week […]

How to render scenes with HDR maps in Blender 2.5

When we have to make presentations of small scaled like furniture, we must use a specific type of environment to create proper renderings. The so-called studio setup is my favorite environment to render furniture only images. Along with the studio setup, we can use HDR maps to help with the lighting of the scene and […]

Free tutorials about Revit for Architecture

A lot of my students still rely on CAD tools like AutoCAD to develop their projects. And it is not only with students, but architects that started to work with CAD tools on the early stages of their professional life, are resistant to migrate to such technologies. I remember that after a quick visit to […]

How to model roof ridge tiling with Blender

For architectural visualization artists there are a few parts of any project that demand more work, at the modeling stage like the roof. How do you create the roofs, for your models? If you use Blender, as tool for 3d modeling, there are a few interesting tricks that we can use to help us on […]

Full control of the 3D Cursor for precision modeling

Back from the holidays after a break from the blog, we are back with a lot of news for architectural visualization artists using Blender. To get start I will recommend a new Add-on for Blender 2.56a that I found this morning, and from my point of view, this is a must have for anyone using […]