How to use grease pencil for architectural visualization?

There are a lot of tools in Blender that help us to create architectural visualization, but some of them may add another layer of productivity, even for schools that teach architecture. In the last releases of Blender 2.4x a tool called grease pencil was added to allow animators to create notes and sketch over a […]

Rendering with instancing in YafaRay

When we have to create a scene that uses lots of objects to represent objects like grass or leaves, we end up with a high load on our systems, making the process of rendering the scene really difficult and time consuming. One of the solutions for this problem is the use of instancing for rendering, […]

Blender and LuxRender Splash screen contest

One of the traditions of Blender is back, with the announcement of a splash screen contest to pick an image to be used for Blender 2.57. The last release that had a splash screen from a user was 2.49, and since the first alpha of Blender 2.5 only images from Sintel were used. Now, you […]

How to create the poché effect in Blender for architecture

In architectural modeling, we often have to draw or modeling something that must show parts of the walls that are being cut by the section plane. In architecture it is called poché, and to represent that we have to fill the planes with black. If you never had the opportunity to create the poché effect […]

FreeCAD: Using the BSpline and extrude

Here is another tutorial about FreeCAD, which is an open-source alternative to AutoCAD. If you are looking for a way to work with CAD on Linux, Windows or Mac OS X and replace AutoCAD, then you should consider looking into FreeCAD. In the video below, you will be introduced to the Bspline tool of FreeCAD […]

Free low poly trees for architectural visualization

In every article that I have the opportunity to talk about trees and shrubs for architectural visualization, I always recommend the use of textures to simulate and populate a scene. They give great results without big loads on the scene performance. But, if you need geometry based trees to use on your projects, then the […]

Free library of textures for architecture

It is almost impossible to work on a 3d project without using any kind of bitmap-based textures. Most of us try to pick some textures on search engines like Google. But, did you know that not all images are allowed to use for commercial projects? You can’t simple pick a texture and use on a […]

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