Free download of HDRI maps in 4k

One of the easiest ways to get nice reflections on any surface, besides turning on the mirror/ray trace property of the material, is with the use an environment surrounding the object. This way we will actually have something to be reflected. For a studio scene this can be solved with the use of large planes […]

Model and render a wooden sculpture with Blender and YafaRay

Here is another great tutorial for anyone looking to start using YafaRay with Blender 2.5 for architectural visualization. In this two-part tutorial, an artist called StugysTomas creates a wooden sculpture in Blender and renders the scene with YafaRay. The sculpture is pretty simple, but since the project uses a studio setup for the render, it […]

Studio setup with YafaRay and Blender for product visualization

For product visualization I always use a studio setup to light my objects, and create a great abstract background to highlight only the product. I was browsing the YafaRay user forums this week and found a great overview of a studio setup for product rendering. An artist called STart posted some images of suitcase placed […]

How to use IBL on Blender for lighting?

The use of IBL for architectural visualization is mostly related with external views, and furniture design, where we can add the model into a scene that looks like a studio setup to generate reflections. I still remember the days where we had to use external render engines to use HDRI in Blender, and most artists […]

How to render scenes with HDR maps in Blender 2.5

When we have to make presentations of small scaled like furniture, we must use a specific type of environment to create proper renderings. The so-called studio setup is my favorite environment to render furniture only images. Along with the studio setup, we can use HDR maps to help with the lighting of the scene and […]

How to render fluids and glass in LuxRender and Blender

If you ever tried to create a scene with lots of transparent objects, like a room with glass planes and objects know how hard it is to setup a scene like this. Before we start to think about get close to the final setup of the scene, all materials and reflections must be created to […]

Product visualization and rendering with Blender 3D and LuxRender

If you want to learn about advanced rendering techniques in Blender 3D to use in architectural visualization projects, a great source of information to learn that is to look for product visualization tutorials. The techniques and setup of scenes are quite similar on both fields, only the scale of the models change. A great example […]