Getting started with E-Cycles for architectural rendering

A version of Cycles that often appear in Blender 3D Architect as the main renderer for architectural projects is E-Cycles, which is an optimized version of the default Cycles render from Blender. With E-Cycles, you can get an impressive speed boost to any render. If you are using an NVIDIA card, those gains can go […]

Interior visualization using area lights (Cycles)

When you are developing your skills related to architectural visualization and interior rendering, a great way to improve them is with practice. From that experience, you gather information and insights to use in a commissioned project when a deadline is critical for delivering satisfactory results. That was the case with a project shared by artist […]

Tranquility box: Rendering a SketchUp file in Blender Cycles

What is the first step you take when starting an architectural visualization project in Blender? A typical workflow involves modeling the project based on references such as technical drawings, to later add materials and render. However, a few projects may also start with models created outside Blender. A popular choice to create basic 3D models […]

E-Cycles updated to Blender 2.9 and light groups support

With the release of Blender 2.9, it is time to start updating some of the main resources used to create architectural visualization with the software. Among those resources, you might find Add-ons and also external renders. A popular renderer used for architecture with Blender is E-Cycles, which is an optimized version of Cycles that is […]

Free procedural Sky background for Cycles and Eevee

A key feature of any scene for architecture produced in Blender is the background. You can use multiple resources to create a sky that helps in a rendering. From an HDR texture to a simple plain white color, you have multiple options. If you want to use a lightweight solution for your sky background that […]

How to geolocate projects in Blender for light simulations?

An architectural visualization job usually requires us to create the best looking images to help sell an idea or project, which most of the time doesn’t look for accurate lighting. You have the freedom to add and set the lights according to your artistic visual needs. What if your client asks you to create an […]

Meadow house exterior with Cycles (Profile)

The project profile series of Blender 3D Architect is a collection of articles with the aim of feature projects related to architectural visualization. We invite talented artists to share additional details about each project to demonstrate how they approach each stage of the process. And also allow each author to publicize their work among our […]