Free version of SketchUp with no support for DWG and DXF files

A lot of architectural visualization artists start their projects or studies in softwares like SketchUp, where they have a faster workflow to create shapes and try different compositions from all kinds of shapes for their projects. I know a lot of architects and offices that uses SketchUp as main tool to start a project, or […]

Render speed test with LuxRender 0.6 RC5 for interior design

In the past few days a new version of the upcoming LuxRender 0.6 was released, and now we have a RC5 to test before a stable release is available. Along with several bug fixes, this new release was announced with an improvement in the render speed to previous LuxRender 0.6 RC. Since LuxRender works with […]

NPR rendering for architecture without external renders

This week I got an interesting request from a client for an architectural visualization project, involving the creation of an animation showing the full workflow of the development for a commercial building. The unusual request is that all images must look like it has been made with pencil sketches. Today most clients demand images with […]

Precision 3d modeling for architecture with Mesh Planes

From all the tasks related to architectural visualization, one of the topics that let users a bit confused when they start to use softwares like Blender 3D is precision modeling. In AutoCAD or other AutoCAD free alternatives, we have a great set of tools allowing us to create and draw with absolute precision. With Blender […]

External renders for architectural visualization

As an architectural visualization artist we have to always try to create photo real images to represent our projects, and to full fill the expectations of our clients. If you use Blender 3D for your architectural visualization projects, you may already asked yourself which one is the best external render for architectural visualization in Blender? […]

Showcase of real time render engines at Siggraph 2009

The Siggraph of this year showed how strong the real time render technologies will come to the workflow of all 3d artists in a short time. Almost all tools are based on GPU power to render scenes in real time, which will demand even more from the video cards of your computers. One of the […]