Studio Apartment with artificial lights in Cycles

The vast majority of projects that you will find in architectural visualization uses a daylight simulation. Even in educational materials and tutorials, people tend to show how to simulate bright sunlight entering the room and doesn’t mention the use of artificial lights. When you take a look at Blender artists creating architectural visualization, that is […]

Hotel room with Cycles and IES lights

In the past couple of days, we shared some great news about Blender 2.8 and Cycles. The upcoming release of Blender will feature native support for IES lights in Cycles. That means you can use real data to simulate artificial lights in your architectural visualization projects. But, how do IES profiles affect the render in […]

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How to simulate artificial lights in Cycles?

In interior visualization projects, at some point, you will have to start planning how to light your scene. For most people, such thought is all about sunlight. In which direction the sun will get into my scene? What if you have to work with a night scene or a place that shows artificial lights? In […]

Using IES lights with Blender Cycles

Here is some great news for anyone using Blender Cycles to render architectural visualization! A new Addon posted at the Blenderartists forums allow us to use IES profiles with Cycles. Yes, with this new Addon you can use photometric lights to render your scenes in Cycles. For those of you that doesn’t know what an […]

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 […]

Free download of IES profiles for architecture

One of the common tasks that an architectural visualization artist can get in a project, is to create a light setup that might show how exactly the lights will look like on the physical world. This demands a really good knowledge about light and render, or the use of special resources. In cases like this […]

Rendering a bathroom with Blender and YafaRay

Even with the release of Blender 2.6 and the option to use a stable version of Cycles, we still find lots of artists using external render engines in Blender. There are a few features that must be incorporated in Cycles, before we can totally abandon external render engines for architectural visualization. One of the oldest […]

Quick guide on how to setup IES files for rendering in Indigo Renderer

For architectural visualization artists, no matter what type of renderer is used to create the project, always have quite a challenge to fulfill the expectations from their clients, and represent with the most realism the lighting of a scene. Almost all renderers today offer the possibility to use a special type of file, applied to […]