The 9 Best Practices for 3D Rendering and Photorealism to be a Pro

Photorealism is among the most important goals of 3D rendering. Especially if you are new to 3D rendering or still a beginner, you may find it difficult to accomplish this goal.

Nowadays, modern, advanced tools and effective workflow techniques have made achieving photorealism much easier. When you use graphics media, you can achieve the effect of photorealism that is outstandingly and convincingly realistic.

Photorealistic 3D modeling techniques replicate tridimensional models based on actual physical objects. It is an outstanding form of art that is mainly used in architecture because it allows clients to view their projects in real life before they build. This type of art can wow the audience with incredibly lifelike visualizations.

1. Photometric Lighting

3D artists and architects often overlook photometric lighting. But this is a mistake, as it can mimic natural lighting more realistically. Architectural visualization is a perfect example. IES light profiles are necessary to achieve this effect.

Several photometric parameters, such as light falloff, luminance, and shape, can measure digital. Using IES profiles, rather than trying to recreate natural light, you can save a lot of time while getting much better results.

2. Key Reasons for Blurred Background effects

You can add the depth of field effect to your 3D renders to increase the level of photorealism. The blur effect allows the object to come into focus by blurring the background.

Additionally, depth effects make rendering composition similar to real-life photography by leaps and bounds. You can save a lot of time with this effect, and it is also a great way to control your 3D model post-production.

3. Bevel Application

Nature’s objects have a rounded edge rather than a sharp one. When managing your 3D renders, you can use beveling to create such a realistic touch.

Managing the right light solution successfully is greatly aided by the Bevel application. A natural-looking reproduction of real-life objects is the main result.

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V-Ray 5 for Rhino is Released

One of the best rendering engines in the world, V-Ray is among the top rendering softwares in the world. And, Rhino is arguably one of the best 3D modeling softwares in the market. When you combine them together, you get awesome visualizations of your 3D creations – latest, in the essence of V-Ray 5 for Rhino.

V-Ray is basically a 3D rendering program that works as a plugin for many 3D modeling applications. The program is developed and released by the Chaos Group from Bulgaria. This commercial plug-in for third-party graphics software is used for visualizing 3D models in realistic settings, and is widely used across many industries such as media, entertainment, video, and game productions. However, in this case, the usage is mostly locked in various kinds of engineering industries – the construction industry taking the lead in V-Ray usage.

Features of V-Ray 5 for Rhino

V-Ray Vision

Perhaps the most exciting part of this new release, V-Ray Vision is a system where you can see the changes in the works as you arrange lights and shadows, day time etc. It is a real useful tool for anyone who uses Rhino or Grasshopper. This feature comes into play as you set up materials on surfaces as well. V-Ray Vision lets you have the following:

1. Exploring the model in real-time reality
2. Collaborating about decision making in the design
3. Exporting normal and panoramic pictures of a scene
4. Save real-time animations as you progress

For the above features, V-Ray Vision is best suited for speeding up your decision making work as you design your model’s looks for presentation.

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2020 Black Friday Sale Live Now – Flat 50% Off of Artisan, Profile Builder 3, Quantifier Pro, Skimp, BoolTools 2, Double Cut, and PlaceMaker!

This thanksgiving, enjoy our special discount on specialty SketchUp Extensions. Come together with whopping flat 50% off on Artisan, Profile Builder 3, Quantifier Pro, Skimp, BoolTools 2, Double Cut, and PlaceMaker.

It is time to perfect your 3D design and 3D modeling studio by purchasing one of our cutting-edge SketchUp plugins – at an insane price cut! Whether you are working on an architectural design or you make organic model – you need these excellent, industry-leading tools.

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Using Drones to Create Beautiful 3D Context Models in SketchUp

3D Visualization software like Lumion and gathering data from OpenStreetMap or similar terrain mapping is all good for a basic 3D context model, but it is nowhere near good enough for displaying your model in real location in all its glory. That’s where drones may come in handy.

Most 3D terrain data from OS or similar sources come in flat colorless detail-less blocks only, and satellite imagery are way too low-res to have any effect. At least, those that you can access publicly. These options are great for quickly mapping out the urban or rural environments around your model, but drastically limits options and capabilities when preparing client presentation renders.

This is where drones may be very useful. You can get into really speedy context-building without having to sacrifice photorealism. The idea is based upon taking lots of photos of the area with a drone with a high-res camera, and then using those photos to match and render the 3D context in SketchUp.

Incidentally, drones are already used in construction in a similar manner. They fly them around the site, especially in case of large or tall projects, to see the progress and to inspect difficult-to-reach spots. Now we can, and should, use a similar idea in SketchUp 3D context modeling.

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4 Salient Features of Lumion 8

It has been a while since the name of Lumion has carved out its majority space in every 3D designer’s mind. Many people use it personally and many companies use it professionally for their 3D rendering purposes. Today we have the most modern version of Lumion – the 10th, but the craze for this wonderful application started back in the years with Lumion 8. Today, let us look back and see what were the best features of Lumion 8 that made it so popular among 3D modelers and designers.


The first thing that blew the minds of Lumion users back then, was the introduction of the Styles feature in the rendering app. Styles are basically what you apply today as filters on smartphone photos – changing the color and tones of the photo in one tap. The styles feature worked similarly – you just choose a style from a list and the scene you are rendering gets a whole different look.

There were a bunch of predefined styles. But of course, you still had complete control over each and every aspect of the colors and tones and lighting, after applying a style (or not applying one at all, just going au naturelle). However, most people used to just choose a style and stick with it. because they were such great effects to begin with, you wouldn’t want to change much of the settings – maybe just change the shadows a bit or apply a bit of vignette, minor stuff like that.

Sky Light

In addition to Styles, there was another new feature in Lumion 8 called “Sky Light”. This is actually a brilliant algorithm to create photoreal lighting effects, especially in those scenes with sunlight. It creates a space effect with lights, making our eyes believe what we are looking at is lit up naturally. The shadows cast in this system were very natural too – plus, they were worked on later by the following feature.

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Custom SketchUp Workflow for Converting a 2D Warehouse Design to 3D Model

In today’s storekeeping operations, the need to visualize the workspace realistically is being felt more and more. Whether you are a logistics planner wanting to know the warehouse, or a builder or supplier wanting to show off their plans as real as possible, basic 2D CAD drawings (even worse, paper plans) don’t cut it anymore.

Wouldn’t it be nice to take that existing flat floorplan and whip up a shiny 3D model, depicting the space, presenting the relationships between the objects in the warehouse and the are? Well, if you think that way, you have come to the right place. This article presents a workflow to convert 2D from 3D in SketchUp. What’s so special about it? Well, it is customized for Warehouses specifically! And in relation, for any large general storage spaces.

So, without further ado, let’s learn it.

Raw materials

This is kind of obvious, but yes, you do need a 2D plan to begin with. Best if you have the 2D CAD files for the warehouse – you can import them directly into SketchUp. If not, you can scan paper drawings, blueprints etc. and take them into SketchUp.

Worst case scenario – you have only photos of the site. Well, even then SketchUp can work. There is a “Match Photo” feature in SketchUp that can input photographs of real space and you can construct a drawing around them. You will need complete picture sets, of course, covering all angles.

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Discovering SketchUp 2020

Exciting news, the new SketchUp 2020 is out! You can get the latest with the updates, if you already have the subscription. Or you can download a fresh copy off Trimble;s site. Either way, you get to enjoy the cool new additions to this hot design and modeling software.

Today, let us see what these new additions in SketchUp Pro 2020 are.

1. Meet Laura

Trimble has added a new and attractive personality in the SketchUp 2020. The latest scale figure in SketchUp is called Laura. To clarify, a scale figure in SketchUp is the figure you see standing at the intersection of the red, blue and green lines, at the time when you start a new drawing. The figure is given their according to scale. This helps you to design your model and compare it to real life dimensions.

Laura, the latest addition to the line of scale figures in SketchUp, is a great fit to the modern designers empty workspace. She looks caucasian with her fair skin and dirty-blonde hair. Dressed in simple crisp red-and-blue attire, she carries a bag and kind of brings up the working mom vibe. Mystery point: what does the pendant on her neck hold?

2. A New 3D Creative Space

To make sure the modeling space is more intuitive and the data structure more supportive to the users’ needs, Trimble has made some big changes in this year;s SketchUp. The first thing you will notice is in the Outliner, then it will go on to snapping objects, then we will move on to hiding stuff and changes in LayOut.

Discovering SketchUp 2020
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Reviewing Lumion 6

In the course of recent weeks We had an energizing chance to test drive Lumion 6. To put it plainly, this discharge is best portrayed as a quality discharge. You won’t see a mass of new tools and buttons, however you will see that all that you previously adored about Lumion is much progressively refined and clearly better than the past discharge.

Generally eminent to us, Lumion 6 is stuffed with a few new rendering advancements, and new and refreshed effects, and extended escort prospects. The group at Lumion appears to know precisely where to invest their energy to give us the most incentive on new discharges.

Despite the fact that Lumion has an extremely instinctive game style interface, new highlights are now and then elusive. We set aside some effort to record instructional exercises clarifying my preferred new highlights and how to discover them. You will discover the recordings above supportive for both understanding why the new highlights and updates are significant just as how to utilize them.

The condensed rundown of Lumion 6 highlights are as follows:

  1. New advancements for improved materials, reflections, shadows and lighting: PureGlass, Speedray Reflections, OmniShadow, Hyperlight 2
  2. Improved material surfaces
  3. As good as ever effects, including: Improved Depth of Field, Curve in Mass Move, Autumn Generator, Animated Spotlight Colors, Styrofoam
  1. Improved sky realism
  2. Outline style for energized 3D individuals
  3. 212 new trees and plants
  4. 20 new energized varieties of 3D individuals from aXYZ Design
  5. 20 new sounds
  6. Individuals in-vehicles choice
  7. 80 new Advanced Glass materials created utilizing Lumion Pro’s own PureGlass® innovation
  8. Improved interoperability for consistent correspondence with 3D CAD programs
  9. Improved rendering execution in Photo Mode
  10. 80 new Advanced Glass materials created utilizing Lumion Pro’s own PureGlass® innovation
  11. Improved interoperability for consistent correspondence with 3D CAD programs
  12. Improved rendering execution in Photo Mode
Reviewing Lumion 6
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“Highlights of some amazing 3D Printed Projects in 2019”

The 3D printing technology allows any kind of design to be brought to life which releases architects from the limitations of standard construction.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is way of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital life. The creation or making of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes and in this process, an object is made by laying down successive layers of material till the object is created. Each of these layers can be visible as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. So basically 3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out a piece of metal or plastic with for specimen a milling machine.

SketchUp is just made for 3D printing and designing in SketchUp is cool as 3D printing is something that moves is cooler and unique than that. In this article we are going to discuss about a few features that can be include by the users to make their creations more than just interestingly shaped hunks of immobile plastic. Aidan Chopra and Rebecca Huehls this time comes up with new tricks about 3D printing in SketchUp.

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is owned by Trimble Inc., a mapping, surveying and navigation company. It is mainly a 3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also.

3D printing technology has changed many industries globally and among them most impact can be seen on Construction industry which offers freedom and versatility in a right budget. This article will describe four new 3D Printed projects in 2019 among Construction industry.

Most of the companies that use 3D printed program in construction are startups businesses are still in their developing phase though the number of countries using 3D technology is growing every day. Dubai is the leader of those countries where the most famous and luxurious UAE city has started a new structure that will be going to be built by using 3D technology.

  • Project Milestone: This is based in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), the engineers of Netherlands are planning to build five 3D printed concrete homes; this unique project makes them the first commercial housing project using 3D technology. Where the homes will be of new ages, having all kind of comforts etc.
  • Apis Cor: It is a startup which is located in San Francisco made a demonstration of its own 3D technology by creating a house in Stupino, Russia in 2016. Their technology is versatile and mobile as they printed the whole home on site to cut the transport expense. In future they are expecting to make homes using dual extrusion that will allow printing components other than the concrete structure. Recently the company has collaborated with SEArch+ and entered the “3D Printed Habitat Challenge”, a contest organized by NASA.
  • New Story: It is a nonprofit located in Texas who has partnered with Icon which is a company that creates printers, robotics and advanced materials to work on affordable housing solutions.
  • WinSun: WinSun created its first houses in 2013 using the first continuous 3D printer; they used a special mixture made of sand, cement and fibre along with suitable additions to print house components layer by layer in their Suzhou factory in China.


Highlights of some amazing 3D Printed Projects in 2019

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V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, demonstration is given on new V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp comprises of some advanced features like fast-paced GPU rendering, smart hybrid rendering, a efficient UI, viewport rendering, VRscans support, and lots other. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018.

Given below, some exclusive features of this latest version :-

VIEWPORT RENDERING: New viewport rendering facilitates the users to simply choose and render several regions simultaneously, and instantly intermingle among V-Ray render and SketchUp model with +/- hotkeys to manage opacity.

STRONG GPU RENDERING: Rapid, more strong GPU rendering with additional support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.

HYBRID GPU+CPU RENDERING: With V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA, the users can reap the complete benefit of all existing hardware along with CPUs and GPUs.

ADAPTIVE LIGHTS: For scenes which contain adequate lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can allow minimizing render times by up to 700%.

SMART UI: The complete V-Ray for SketchUp interface now becomes cleaner and easier, with superior support for 4K monitors.

FILE MANAGER: Organize all of your scene files under one position. Arrange file paths, form scene archives, and monitor assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.

V-RAY COLOR PICKER: With the addition of new color picker, it makes it possible to choose color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.

V-RAY SCENE IMPORT: Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications like 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit

To view online demonstration of V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, watch the following video tutorial from Chaos Group.

Download Sketchup Pro 2018

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

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