How to use IBL on Blender for lighting?

The use of IBL for architectural visualization is mostly related with external views, and furniture design, where we can add the model into a scene that looks like a studio setup to generate reflections. I still remember the days where we had to use external render engines to use HDRI in Blender, and most artists […]

House visualization with Blender and LuxRender

If you want to check out a great example of architectural visualization created with Blender and rendered with LuxRender, visit this thread at the LuxRender user forums. There you will see the work of an artist called camara, and the visualization of a project named House in Vilamar”. There are a lot of views of […]

Free SketchUp plugin Silhouette To Plane

I was working on a project last week, and I had a simple task at that time, and the objective was to create 2d orthogonal views from a 3d model. At first I thought it wouldn`t be that difficult, but soon I realize that it would be a very tedious task. The project had to […]

Modeling a bathroom in Blender 2.5

Here is another interesting tutorial I found this weekend about Blender for architecture. This time the objective of the tutorial is to create a bathroom in Blender, and for that the author uses the traditional polygon modeling approach in Blender. The tutorial is only about modeling, and even showing an image of the final result […]

Creating a room with polygon modeling for architecture

The main technique that we use to create architectural models is based on polygon modeling, and one of the advantages of this technique is that most of the tools works exactly the same on different softwares. One of my students that had a 3ds max background, started to work with Blender to create furniture and […]

Importing terrains from Google Earth to Blender

There are a lot of techniques to create terrains and sites in Blender, like with the use of Grease Pencil and Surface Sketch. If you don’t remember the technique, just check back my article about terrain modeling with Blender 2.5. But, sometimes we may need a quick way to create terrains, and Google Earth is […]

Blender internal render or SmallLuxGPU?

What is the fastest way to render an image with Blender? I mean, which one is the render of choice if you want maximum speed during rendering? Well, if you said Blender Internal Render you are right! And to prove that, I found an interesting video that compare the performance of the Blender internal render […]