How to create a glow effect for lights in architecture

The work of an architectural visualization artist is not constrained to deal with commercial projects for architecture. From time to time we have to work on the design of a scene for a game or even special effects for a small studio. Besides the modeling of large scenarios and buildings, it seems like architectural visualization […]

Tutorial HeeksCAD: Another free AutoCAD alternative

Among all free alternatives to AutoCAD we have FreeCAD and HeeksCAD on top of the list as the best options for open source CAD solutions. Last week I already posted a small tutorial I found about how to use FreeCAD and today we keep going with the free CAD series and the tutorials shows how […]

SU2YafaRay: Export from SketchUp to YafaRay

The workflow of an architectural visualization project for a Blender artist usually has a final stage when we may use external render engines, like YafaRay and LuxRender. From both renderers the one with the largest number of scripts and plugins that make it compatible with lots of 3d softwares is LuxRender. We have options to […]

Tutorial FreeCAD: Creating 2d views for technical drawing

The process of migrating from a CAD application to another software application could demand a lot of work from a professional already used to the commands and solutions. If you have any plans to change your CAD software to one of the open source alternatives to AutoCAD I posted last week, I manage to find […]

YafaRay 0.1.2 beta available to download

Since the end of 2009 an experimental version of YafaRay showing some of the features we can expect to be on YafaRay 0.1.2 is available to download. Now, the same version has moved from an experimental build to a beta state, which means that in a short time the stable release will be available. How […]

Free download of high resolution textures for architecture

As a way to create realistic 3d models for architectural visualization projects, we have to work hard on the 3d models and give them a lot of detail, especially if the camera is placed near surfaces or objects. If you choose to create simpler models and not dedicate too much time on details, I recommend […]

List of open source and free alternatives to AutoCAD

I got a lot of messages and questions about how to use open source tools to work with architectural visualization or even technical drawing on Linux. Besides the questions about Blender that I got in my classes and presentations, the most often question is about an open source alternative for AutoCAD. People always ask that […]

Interactive real-time render for architecture in Blender 2.50

The SmallLuxGPU is an experiment to use GPU power to render in real-time using OpenCL and LuxRender. This is an amazing option to work with advanced rendering techniques in Blender, using GPU power to reduce the time to have a clean and noise free image in LuxRender. This week David Bucciarelli author of the project, […]

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