Optimizing 3d models for interactive architectural visualization

One of the challenges to create interactive architectural visualization is to work with low poly models. This is extremely important if we want to have a fast and well designed application. For instance, all models that represent walls have a very low poly count, which make them ready to be part of an interactive animation. […]

Modeling landscapes for environment design with Blender 3D

Since the release of Blender 3D 2.49 I was browsing the new features and additions to the software, and last week I finally get to look to the new scripts. One of the scripts added to Blender caught my attention, because it`s incredible useful for landscape architecture and environment design. With the script we can […]

New photon mapping builds and tests for architectural visualization

If you are keeping tracking of the posts of the blog, you may be wondering that an architectural visualization artist that uses Blender 3d, will prefer to use an external render engine only, to render images with global illumination techniques. In the near future we may have an interest addition to the Blender internal render, […]

Free tutorials about 3d modeling for architectural visualization

The modeling process for architectural visualization is very different from projects dealing with organic shapes. With organic shapes we can focus in the approximated proportion of the model and organize the topology of the model to receive good deformations, when the model is animated. For models used in architectural visualization projects the focus is on […]

Creating realistic grass with Blender 3D and YafaRay for architecture

The most experienced users may remember that a few years ago, when we only had YafRay to work with advanced Global Illumination in Blender 3D, the simulation of grass for external views in architectural visualization projects require a lot of workarounds to be created. The old YafRay didn`t support the Blender particles at that time. […]

Table with mesh organization tips for 3D polygon modeling

What is required to learn and develop even more your modeling skills? One of the things that I always say in my modeling classes is that we have to balance the technical side of 3d modeling with the artistic side. Even with the advice to balance the focus of the modeling, my students often leave […]