Modeling and rendering a kitchen for architecture

From all the possible environments and scenarios for architectural visualization, one of them represents a challenge for any artist, and it is the kitchen. Why the kitchen? Well, just think about it as an environment filled with furniture with small details for doors, sink and a lot more. If the kitchen must show a dinning […]

Architectural visualization from photos with Blender and YafaRay

There are basically two ways of starting an architectural visualization project and both methods deals at some level a kind of reference to start modeling. In the first one we have the use a traditional technical drawing coming straight from tools like AutoCAD, ArchiCAD or VectorWorks. At this point we have an orthographic projection with […]

Free courseware: Green architecture and energy analysis

The demand for projects that follow the guidelines of a more green architecture and carbon free buildings, it`s becoming even more important to have a basis on techniques and tools for green design and energy analysis. Last week I was browsing around the web when I just found a free courseware on how to run […]

More free Photoshop with Content-Aware Scale with the GIMP

If you thought that in my previous article about how to get a free Photoshop CS5 toolset based on GIMP features the content-aware fill was the only tool present on both softwares, you will get surprised once again. The tools look alike so much that a few readers even took that as an Aprils fool […]

Free Photoshop CS5 Content-Aware Fill with the GIMP

In the past few days the guys of Adobe are showing the new features and tools of their Creative Suite CS5, which will be released in April 12. Well, one of the most commented new features is the so called Content-Aware Fill that can identify and replace pixels from the image, and recreate areas of […]

Precision modeling and rendering for interior visualization

In which scale you usually work on your models? The use of the right scale set is an important decision for every architectural visualization artists, and could determine how easy the setup of the scene and even render parameters will work. For artists using unbiased renders like LuxRender or Indigo, it’s more than an important […]

How to render fluids and glass in LuxRender and Blender

If you ever tried to create a scene with lots of transparent objects, like a room with glass planes and objects know how hard it is to setup a scene like this. Before we start to think about get close to the final setup of the scene, all materials and reflections must be created to […]

Mind map of YafaRay lights for architecture

One of the ways I use to organize my presentations and even the subjects of my books is with Mind maps. This is a powerful and intuitive way to organize and display information, in order to plan or make decisions. If you are a Blender user that renders your projects with YafaRay, you may already […]