Understanding Path Tracing

You probably have already seen at the Blender interface something related to a word called “Path Tracing”. What is it exactly? This is the main algorithm used by Cycles to compute light on your architectural visualization projects, and not only by Cycles! A lot of renderers use Path Tracing as their main render method. Do […]

Free download of a frosted glass shader for Cycles

A few days ago I did posted here on Blender 3D Architect a project called Sauna House, which made use of frosted glass in an architectural visualization project rendered with Cycles. Do you know how to setup frosted glass in Blender Cycles? If you never tried to create a node setup for this type of […]

Migrating from LuxRender to Cycles

If you ever made some architectural visualization with Blender in the not so distant past, you probably have already used some external render like LuxRender. I have used both LuxRender and YafaRay a lot, and some of my oldest projects were all rendered with them. When a client ask for a change on any rendered […]

Modern Interior Design with Blender Cycles

One of the main ways to add realistic light to a scene in Cycles is with an HDR map strategically placed on the surrounding of the model. Most of the incredible images that we can see from many different artists uses an HDR as a complementary light source, along with a Sun Lamp. Here is […]

Free download of three HDRI maps for architecture

The use of HDRI maps for rendering in architecture is a great way to add realism to a scene, using real-world information to the lighting of a project. The so called Image Based Lighting is fully supported by Blender Cycles, which means that we can use those maps to add light information to our scenes. […]

Exporting from SketchUp to Blender

The amount of architects using Blender to create beatiful images from their projects is growing everyday, but some tools like SketchUp have already a huge user base. All these people can create 3d models easily with SketchUp and most of them dont even have any technical background or knowledge in architecture. But, even with a […]

Soft light for architectural visualization

The light setup of an architectural scene may require a series of tests and experiments until we find the right feel and look for the project. A lot of architectural projects try to simulate the light of a project on certain hours of the day, when the sunlight is strong and coming through any window […]

Comic book produced with Blender

The creation of NPR images in Blender received a boot with the release of version 2.67 with the full integration with Freestyle. If you want to render images using stylized colors and lines for architecture, Freestyle is the right option for you. But, this doesn`t mean that by using Blender Cycles to render images, you […]