Tips to create better renderings with YafaRay

As an architectural visualization artist and also a teacher, I know how important the workflow required to achieve realistic images can be for architects. Every time I have the opportunity to talk with other architects, they always ask me for templates or presets to speed up the creation of good renderings in Blender. That is […]

YafaRay projects for SoC 2010

The approved projects for the Google Summer of Code 2010 were announced a few days ago, and just like in the past few years, Blender got a lot of projects selected. For architectural visualization point of view the projects and tools that might appear from SoC 2010 in Blender don`t bring much to our workflow. […]

Blender 2.50: How to import and export from 3ds Max 2010

I still know a lot of architects and 3d artists that uses mostly 3ds Max for their visualization projects. Even in my classroom I have a few students that have to use both Blender and 3ds Max because of their jobs as interns in architectural offices, or animation studios. How good would be to be […]

YafaRay and Blender 2.50 demo videos

Earlier this week I posted an article about the first experimental script available to use LuxRender with Blender 2.50, which allows architectural visualization artists to use the incredible LuxRender algorithms, and generate photo realistic images. This is not the first experiment to create an exporter for Blender 2.50. If you can`t recall, there was already […]

Architectural visualization from photos with Blender and YafaRay

There are basically two ways of starting an architectural visualization project and both methods deals at some level a kind of reference to start modeling. In the first one we have the use a traditional technical drawing coming straight from tools like AutoCAD, ArchiCAD or VectorWorks. At this point we have an orthographic projection with […]

Precision modeling and rendering for interior visualization

In which scale you usually work on your models? The use of the right scale set is an important decision for every architectural visualization artists, and could determine how easy the setup of the scene and even render parameters will work. For artists using unbiased renders like LuxRender or Indigo, it’s more than an important […]

Mind map of YafaRay lights for architecture

One of the ways I use to organize my presentations and even the subjects of my books is with Mind maps. This is a powerful and intuitive way to organize and display information, in order to plan or make decisions. If you are a Blender user that renders your projects with YafaRay, you may already […]

News about GPU rendering with LuxRender, YafaRay, iRay and Maya

In the past few days a lot of interesting news and demos about GPU rendering appear o twitter and user forums. It`s quite clear that after the announcement of Octane Render and Arion, we will start to see even more releases related with GPU render. I will start with the announcement of a GPU render […]