Modeling with SketchUp and rendering with Blender Cycles?

One of the most common tools used by all kind of architects to create 3d models for architecture is SketchUp. I can point several reasons for that and among them the fact that it has a free version and is really easy to create 3d models with it. I still prefer the freedom to create […]

Interior rendering with Cycles and Faking IES lights

If you try to compare the features offered by Blender Cycles with older and more mature render engines like LuxRender, you will notice that Cycles is in fact a very young render engine, and still has a lot of development ahead. But, with some creativity we can work around some of those missing features to […]

Blender 2.64 new features: Cycles supporting spot lamps

This was an exciting week for Blender artists because of the release of Tears of Steel, which clearly shows to the work that Blender can be used to create high quality material for entertainment. Besides Tears of Steel we are almost at another release of Blender because version 2.64 is already at Release Candidate 2! […]

Free download of a bathroom scene for Blender Cycles

One of the best ways to learn something related to rendering or lighting scenes in 3d is by reverse engineering. I just love to open the source files of a project made by other artists and try to analyze and find out how that particular project was made. And for this type of learning experience, […]

Free download of physically based metals for Cycles

One of the best places to find references for Blender related material is Blend Swap, where you can find all sort of things uploaded by Blender users. There are free 3d models of furniture, procedural textures and much more. If you don`t have an account there, I suggest you to get one, which is required […]

Modeling and rendering trees with Arbaro and Blender

Another tutorial about how to create trees with Blender, but this time Blender is used only for the rendering part of the tutorial. In a really nice video an artist called Thomas Schlögl shows us how to use the free tool Arbaro to generate the 3d mesh for the tree. This 3d model can be […]

Add-on for wire renders with Blender internal and Cycles

A wire render has a lot of uses in architectural visualization and most of them involve the demonstration of the structure of a 3d model for other artists. I ask all my students to produce a wire render of their 3d models to evaluate their work. In Blender we have to create a setup of […]