Engineering blog
12 May 2016

Tips for 3D Rendering

Not everyone has an ear for music, but almost everyone has an eye for art. As an architect, renderings are a form of art. However, there exists a point when we become a bit cynical about our own renderings. We start noticing flaws, spend hours wondering if something is amiss, sometimes we even question our own work.

Had a similar stream of thought? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. The list includes many well-known architects.

At BluEntCAD, we got together to figure out how we could make our renderings better and we arrived at the following conclusions. Please keep in mind that this is an ongoing discussion and your feedback, comments, and suggestions are welcome, and, highly important.

Remember good ol‘ Nature

We found out that one of the main areas where many 3D renders fall apart was the smart inclusion of nature. After all, ambiance matters in these kinds of architectural presentations. Outdoor shots must include flora and fauna of the region. More importantly, remember the season. Fall has different foliage, so does winter. As you know, details enhance the view. People feel more comfortable in nature which means, in most cases, it is better to have nature in your scenes than to not. It gives that real factor to your shot which makes it a perfect one.

Avoid using too many colors

Most photographers avoid using too many colors in a shot and we can’t agree more. An incoherent profusion of colors distracts and disturbs the focus area in a shot. More often than not, this takes away from the final quality of rendering. Avoid an avalanche of colors if you can, unless you are in the business of creating meaningless juggernauts.

Never, never, never make it too bright.

Too many lights blur the details. Everything gets washed out. Most people forget that shadow is as important as light in a rendering. We can’t tell you how much that annoys us. Bringing out the right amount of light and shadows in a rendering is one of the most difficult parts of our job. Shadows add nuances and add depth to the image. And, without light, how can the person see what you want him/her to see? Lighting is the most important tool for communicating where you want the viewer to look.

Learn more about 3D Rendering Interior Design .

Avoid wide views

It comes as no surprise when we are told that the entire scene must be visible at once. We are forced to use unrealistic wide lenses which distorts proportions and confuses the viewer. We suggest that the only way to deal with it is to make sure that wide views are followed by small shots which include minor details.

Include as much personality as you can

Whenever you create a space always keep in mind the character you want to be there in that space, whether it is workspace or home space. People have a hard time picturing their own stuff in the space when you don’t give them context. This is the most prominent reason why homes that are staged sell better than homes that are empty.

Learn more about 3D Architectural Walkthrough Services .

Have a focal element

This not referring to what your camera is focusing on, but rather it refers to something which catches your eye. Like a work of art, guide your viewer with tender, loving care. It increases the depth of your scene and enhances the view and may just result in a purchase!

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