Day and night setup with Blender internal render

Even with a lot of external render engines available for Blender, like YafaRay and LuxRender we may at some point have to setup the render of a scene using only the internal render. With the internal render we loose all that quick setup, and advanced features to add global illumination to a scene. But, it […]

How to setup a glass material in LuxRender

The setup of transparent materials can always become complicated, especially when we have to work with advanced settings to create caustics and other optical effects. In architectural visualization it is not different, making the setup of glass something like a challenge depending on the type of the scene. If you want to take a look […]

BlendME: Blender Modeling Environment for Architecture

For architectural visualization artists using Blender and trying to design green architecture wasn’t that easy until today. The use of third party tools like SketchUp and scripts to use softwares like EnergyPlus, added several steps to the visualization workflow. Last week I was told of a new Add-on for Blender 2.5 developed by an artist/developer […]

YafaRay 0.1.2 beta available to download

Since the end of 2009 an experimental version of YafaRay showing some of the features we can expect to be on YafaRay 0.1.2 is available to download. Now, the same version has moved from an experimental build to a beta state, which means that in a short time the stable release will be available. How […]

Interactive real-time render for architecture in Blender 2.50

The SmallLuxGPU is an experiment to use GPU power to render in real-time using OpenCL and LuxRender. This is an amazing option to work with advanced rendering techniques in Blender, using GPU power to reduce the time to have a clean and noise free image in LuxRender. This week David Bucciarelli author of the project, […]

Tips to create better renderings with YafaRay

As an architectural visualization artist and also a teacher, I know how important the workflow required to achieve realistic images can be for architects. Every time I have the opportunity to talk with other architects, they always ask me for templates or presets to speed up the creation of good renderings in Blender. That is […]

New Book: Blender 3D Incredible Machines

I’m very pleased to announce that my latest book project was published last week! My new book is about Blender 3D again and it’s called Blender 3D Incredible Machines. This is a project in which I’m working on for the past year, and was finally able to complete the full set of chapters by the […]

Indigo Renderer will no longer be a Freeware

In Blender 3d we have several external renderers to choose today and almost all of them add great tools and possibilities to any artist producing architectural visualization, and with the need to create photo real images. A quick look at the Blender Gallery will show that today, we have most users using either YafaRay or […]