How to import DWG files to SketchUp 8 free?

Ever since the last upgrade to version 8, SketchUp no longer offers the possibility to import DWG files to the free version of the software. Only the Pro users can use a native solution to directly import DWG files to SketchUp. Are there any workarounds? Sure! I was browsing some articles about SketchUp last week […]

How to render scenes with HDR maps in Blender 2.5

When we have to make presentations of small scaled like furniture, we must use a specific type of environment to create proper renderings. The so-called studio setup is my favorite environment to render furniture only images. Along with the studio setup, we can use HDR maps to help with the lighting of the scene and […]

Free tutorials about Revit for Architecture

A lot of my students still rely on CAD tools like AutoCAD to develop their projects. And it is not only with students, but architects that started to work with CAD tools on the early stages of their professional life, are resistant to migrate to such technologies. I remember that after a quick visit to […]

How to model roof ridge tiling with Blender

For architectural visualization artists there are a few parts of any project that demand more work, at the modeling stage like the roof. How do you create the roofs, for your models? If you use Blender, as tool for 3d modeling, there are a few interesting tricks that we can use to help us on […]

Full control of the 3D Cursor for precision modeling

Back from the holidays after a break from the blog, we are back with a lot of news for architectural visualization artists using Blender. To get start I will recommend a new Add-on for Blender 2.56a that I found this morning, and from my point of view, this is a must have for anyone using […]

Free tool to calculate expenses for freelance artists

Besides all the technical details that we must deal in order to create images for architectural visualization using softwares like Blender, there is another entire set of problems that must be addressed to turn those images into a business. The technical aspects of the job are somehow easier to understand, with a book and a […]

Free guide about architectural modeling with Blender 2.55

The modeling process used in architectural visualization projects is not that different from other types of projects. But, for inexperienced artists the process may seem a bit complex, due to the fact that we must follow some guidelines to work with geometrical shapes and real-world scale. One of the ways that architects use to help […]

Blender tutorial: Modeling a cushion for architecture

One of the easiest ways to get a great library of 3d models for architectural visualization is either buying the objects, or create your own models. I do prefer to work on my own models, because it is always nice to have control over textures, polygon count and with time you will get more practice […]