Blender 2.8: How to control HDR rotation?

A popular way to add lights to any architectural visualization project in Blender is with the use of an environmental texture. They can add lights and help with reflective materials for either an exterior or interior render. An HDR map used as an environmental texture can also provide a Sun Light to the scene, which […]

How to use cutout textures in Blender 2.8?

A great resource for architectural visualization in Blender is the use of cutout images that can help you adding vegetation, cars, and human scales to a render. Since those textures usually add only a single plane to the project, you won’t have a significant increase in the computational load for rendering. After you get a […]

Rendering a still life scene with Blender Cycles

An architectural visualization artist must know how to properly setup a scene to render external views of buildings, landscapes and interior spaces. Besides those skills I do believe that knowing how to render simple objects, like a studio setup is also an important skill. From time to time a project may require the creating of […]

How to setup a wood floor texture in Blender for architecture

The textures of a scene play a big role on any architectural visualization project to add both context and realism. But, is there a right way to setup textures? Some people uses a mix of handcrafted UV Maps and polygons to improve details, others go only with UV Maps. I think that for most cases […]

Animation for architecture: Using soft bodies and cell fracture

From all tools available in Blender for animation, I believe that soft bodies and the ability to break polygons are not among the first choices of an artist to create anything for architecture. But, with some imagination and talent even those tools could be used to create interesting effects in architectural animation. That was exactly […]

Architectural portfolio with Blender and YafaRay

Just like I usually comment here on Blender 3D Architect, I still caught myself trying to plan a scene to render with YafaRay. After a long period of time using a renderer like YafaRay, it may become difficult let go some of those old habits. It’s been quite a while since I had to use […]