NPR for architectural visualization with Blender 2.50 and FreeStyle

The integration between Blender 3D and FreeStyle render, which is capable of create great NPR images is one of the features develop as part of the SoC 2008. It is still in development by Maxime Curione, but now the development is aimed to use FreeStyle with Blender 2.50. This a useful feature for architectural visualization […]

Architectural glass with Indigo Renderer

In the past few days I was reviewing some projects created with old versions of Indigo Renderer, to start working on updates and see how fast the last releases are compared with the old freeware Indigo. In one of those projects I saw something that caught my attention, which is the way glass is created […]

Animation for architecture: Creating growing architecture

One of the most common animations we use for architectural visualization is the walkthrough, which can take the viewer along the project. Another type of animation that architects often ask for is the so called growing animation. In this type of animation we can show all elements of a project, growing from scratch and things […]

Script to align objects for architectural modeling

When we have to add models and objects to a scene to compose an interior design project, sometimes those models are distributed on the scene without alignment or specific order. By the time we create the duplicates of the models, there are tools such as the Array modifier that can already distribute and align the […]

Optimizing 3d models for interactive architectural visualization

One of the challenges to create interactive architectural visualization is to work with low poly models. This is extremely important if we want to have a fast and well designed application. For instance, all models that represent walls have a very low poly count, which make them ready to be part of an interactive animation. […]

Controlling lights with LuxRender Light groups

There are a lot of great features and tools in LuxRender that can really help any architectural visualization artist, which uses Blender to model his works to create photo realistic renders. I was testing some of the features introduced lately in LuxRender and one of the features that really caught my attention was the Light […]