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Getting started with Blender and Mitsuba Render

A new version of the open source and physically based render called Mitsuba was released a few days ago, and the software is now at version 0.4.0. This renderer has great potential and features that could really help anyone using Blender as a tool for architectural visualization. But, can we use Mitsuba with Blender? Yep. […]

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House renderings with Blender and YafaRay

An artist called Abner just posted on the YafaRay user forums a great set of external renderings made with Blender for architecture. In all examples he shows external renderings of houses with lots of trees and shrubs in the scene. And to help us improve or own projects made with YafaRay, Abner was kind enough […]

External rendering with Blender 2.50

One of my concerns about making using Blender 2.50 in my architectural visualization workflow is the lack of support for external renders like LuxRender, YafaRay, Indigo and others. I use those render engines a lot to create scenes and realistic images for my clients and classes. How about the development of those exporter scripts? How […]

Update on NPR rendering for architecture with Freestyle

Before we start to work with photo real renderings generated by sophisticated softwares, the most used technique to show and represent architectural visualization projects was NPR, which is the acronym to Non-photorealistic rendering. The images were generated using techniques such as watercolor or airbrush. To use NPR style images in 3d softwares today we have […]

Creating clouds for exterior visualization projects in Blender 3d 2.50

In Blender 3D 2.50 we will find a lot of new tools and options to enhance our architectural visualization projects, and add atmospheric effects to animations, with an incredible speed and short workflow. For instance, if have to create an external animation showing a fly through around the site of a project, the environment could […]

Indigo Renderer 2.2 for architectural rendering in Blender 3D

It`s been almost a week so far that I`m using Indigo Renderer to evaluate an important upgrade made to the renderer (version 2.2). This version of Indigo that I`m using to render a few images from architectural projects is the full feature version of Indigo, without the restriction in the resolution and a watermark on […]

How to render alpha maps in Blender 3D and YafaRay for architecture

In one of the articles of the blog I have written about the setup of alpha maps in LuxRender, to render trees and other elements that could be created and rendered with textures, especially vegetation for external architectural visualization. Since then, a lot of people ask me about the same technique applied to YafaRay. Is […]

External renders for architectural visualization

As an architectural visualization artist we have to always try to create photo real images to represent our projects, and to full fill the expectations of our clients. If you use Blender 3D for your architectural visualization projects, you may already asked yourself which one is the best external render for architectural visualization in Blender? […]