Free plugin to create grass in SketchUp for architecture

The creation of any king of environment for architectural visualization represents a big challenge to the artist, when the surface is all covered with shiny and green grass. A few years ago it would be a big problem to represent grass on 3d softwares without expansive plugins, or a clever solution during the post production. […]

Free eBook on planning and designing paper models in Blender

The object of architectural visualization is to show a project or idea in a way that anyone could understand, mostly by using a 2d media. At the end of project we will have something like an illustration of a project. But, with all technology available today, a few clients still want a physical model along […]

Modeling for architecture: Photo matching in Blender

The most common starting point for architectural visualization projects is a CAD file with some kind of technical drawing of the visualization subject, or at least a few sketches. With a CAD file we will import the lines and work with them to transform 2d lines into a 3d model. But, sometimes the starting point […]

YafaRay projects for SoC 2010

The approved projects for the Google Summer of Code 2010 were announced a few days ago, and just like in the past few years, Blender got a lot of projects selected. For architectural visualization point of view the projects and tools that might appear from SoC 2010 in Blender don`t bring much to our workflow. […]

Free tutorial about hard surface modeling

When the scope of a visualization Project changes from the building to the creation of something smaller like furniture, we have to change the skill set of modeling tools. One of the modeling techniques I like the most is edge modeling for furniture, because it gives me freedom of choose several types of topology and […]

Blender 2.50: How to import and export from 3ds Max 2010

I still know a lot of architects and 3d artists that uses mostly 3ds Max for their visualization projects. Even in my classroom I have a few students that have to use both Blender and 3ds Max because of their jobs as interns in architectural offices, or animation studios. How good would be to be […]

Autodesk Homestyler: Free web based interior design and layout

You may remember the projects from Autodesk that tries to create web based applications to allow designers and architects, to work on visualizations without the need of install any type of software. One of those projects was Dragonfly, which looked a lot like something close to what SketchUp can do, but with more options and […]