New DoF options for Eevee

When you have a project that needs maximum realism in a render, a great way of making it look better is with a couple of effects. A popular choice for rendering interiors is a Depth of Field effect, which focuses the render on a single object and applies a blur to the rest of your […]

E-Cycles holiday sale (up to US$ 100 OFF) – Last Day!

As you probably can tell from the numerous projects we feature and articles, we are big fans of E-Cycles as a renderer for architecture. Because it offers the convenience of working as if it was regular Cycles, but with lots of tweaks with a focus on render speed, usually you can see render speed gains […]

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 […]