Blender tutorial: Modeling a cushion for architecture

One of the easiest ways to get a great library of 3d models for architectural visualization is either buying the objects, or create your own models. I do prefer to work on my own models, because it is always nice to have control over textures, polygon count and with time you will get more practice […]

Project Vasari: Free lite version of Revit?

The process of conception of any building is quite important for the success of any project, and the amount of information that we have by the time we design a building will make a huge difference at the end. One of the tools we have start with the right foot a project is a BIM […]

Free colletion of textures for architecture

The use of textures is very important for any architectural visualization project, to give context for the surfaces of our scene. One of the biggest problems of using textures is finding a texture that represents the real nature of a surface. This can be accomplished a lot easier when we have a good library of […]

Explaining Linear Workflow

One of the new features of Blender 2.5 is Color Management and the ability to work with Linear Workflow. But, do you know what exactly linear worklow is? A few days ago I found a great file with a beginners guide about linear workflow, explaining the importance of the technique for 3d artists. The presentation […]

Best GPU for architectural visualization rendering?

The use of GPU based technologies to render scenes in 3d is a reallity for architectural visualization artists, and with a lot of options to choose from we get to pick a good video board to use with SmallLuxGPU, VRay RT, iRay or any other GPU based renderer. One of the questions that I often […]

BlendME: Blender Modeling Environment for Architecture

For architectural visualization artists using Blender and trying to design green architecture wasn’t that easy until today. The use of third party tools like SketchUp and scripts to use softwares like EnergyPlus, added several steps to the visualization workflow. Last week I was told of a new Add-on for Blender 2.5 developed by an artist/developer […]

GreenButton has Turbocharged LuxRender

The use of an unbiased render engine like LuxRender can add significant realism to a scene with only a few mouse clicks. But, the down side of most unbiased render engines is the amount of time we have to leave the image “cooking” to get a noise free image. To speed up the render, we […]

Free ebook with code snippets for Python and Blender 2.5

In a previous post I did mention an old project that I will try to accomplish in the next weeks, which is the creation of better tools to create architectural models in Blender. This will involve a lot of testing and scripting in Python. Now the idea is mature, and I`m already starting with new […]