Discover how Lumion can enhance the real-time rendering experience with improvements to LiveSync, now available for Vectorworks 2019 SP3.
Lumion 9.3 was released today as a free upgrade for Lumion 9 users. It builds on the stunning capability of Lumion 9 to produce beautiful renders with ease and speed unparalleled by any architectural software.
Lumion 9.3 also creates a smoother real-time rendering experience with improvements to the LiveSync functionality, compatible with Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Rhino and, now, Vectorworks.
And with the ability to immediately fit right into your current workflow, this version can open the door to a more productive, more enjoyable design and visualization experience.Read more...
With 112 new materials available in Lumion 9 Pro, including the customizable 3D grass and the new furry materials, you can quickly add photorealistic textures to heighten the realism of your designs.
Materials are the backbone of any beautiful render. They can make the difference between a flat, 2D-looking structure and a standout visual where audiences can see your design and say, “I can see and feel exactly what this building will look like!”
Grass, pavement and other external materials can equip audiences with familiar features so they can better understand your project.
Materials can move your audience from simply looking at your designs to sensing them. The feeling of being at home provides a whole new level of sensorial experience. Your audience will feel the warmth of the wood, they will hear the echo of shoes on tile, and their senses will be able to grasp any of the details of your render.
LiveSync is one of Lumion’s most popular and celebrated features. Now, in Lumion 9, Rhino users can also take advantage of simultaneous modeling and rendering, seeing their designs in the context of Lumion’s stunning, real-world editor.
Architecture is anything but a linear process.
It’s pretty rare that an architect will sketch a design, build a 3D model, render some images and get the client, all in that specific order. More likely, the architect will sketch, start building a 3D model, discover some problems in the model, return to sketching, try a few renderings, go back to the model, render some more, get feedback from client, iterate the model again, create some more renderings, present to the client, etc.
Now, with LiveSync for Rhino available in Lumion 9, all Rhino users can bring modeling and rendering into the same screen space, providing a clear, real-time view of your design in the context of the real world.
Activate the LiveSync for Rhino plugin and you can instantly heighten your workflow efficiency when adapting the design. Moreover, you’ll be able to make more informed design decisions during internal reviews, and you’ll be delivering impressive, polished client presentations in no time.
In this blog post, we’ll go through the basics of LiveSync for Rhino, from showing you how to download and install the plugin, to providing some camera and usage tips. Let’s dig in!
Only have 30 minutes before your renders are due? From the unique lean scene-building workflow to the assortment of one-click features and effects, Lumion 9 can help you communicate the beauty of your designs faster than any other 3D rendering program out there.
Not everything goes to plan, and when deadlines are sprung upon you, seemingly out of nowhere, it can be helpful to have the right tools.
For instance, imagine you’ve spent the past few weeks designing a new-build house for a meticulous client. You’ve finished all of the basic architectural drawings and you built a 3D model in SketchUp. But then, the senior architect comes up to you (her face is pale and you know something is troubling her) and exclaims, “The client just called and he will be here in 30 minutes. We need one decent render, ASAP!”
One option is to simply collapse like a marionette without strings, repeating “I give up…” Or, with the help of a 3D rendering tool like Lumion 9, you can sit back, relax and say, “Sounds good boss!”
So you open up Lumion and SketchUp (or your favorite modeling software) and get started. Let’s see an example of what this could look like and how you can go from a 3D model to a final render in 30 minutes or less.
There are several ways to import your 3D model into Lumion. For one, you can simply import a model using the green “IMPORT” button in the lower left-hand corner of the Build Mode interface.
You can also import your 3D model with LiveSync, allowing you to simultaneously model and render. Currently, LiveSync in Lumion 9 is only available for Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD and Rhino. For the Lake House, we initiated LiveSync between SketchUp and Lumion.
The import placed the building at 0, 0, 0, which is unfortunately right within the landscaping of this scene. In this case, you can quickly raise the object by selecting the building and hitting the M key and then the H key (this allows you to change the height of your object).
And lastly, you can start adding materials to give the scene some life.
Let’s say you used LiveSync for SketchUp to import your 3D model into Lumion. While inspecting the scene in Lumion’s editor, you notice a serious error in your model: the wooden porch isn’t aligned correctly.
Fortunately, with LiveSync, design iteration is quick and easy:
When you have an issue with the 3D model’s design, materials or anything else, LiveSync enables fast and automatic rendering so that you can instantly view what you fixed in your modeling software.
As a short overview, some of the new elements of the lean scene-building workflow in Lumion 9 include:
Want to learn more about the new workflow? Check out Mike Brightman’s tutorial about the new interface:
The new Lumion 9 interface comes with many more time-saving features, helping you build a beautiful, living scene in no time at all. Additionally, you have multiple hotkeys that will adjust your model before you place it. These include:
Want to add a large number of objects all at once? For the Lake House render, we were able to create the full-looking forest scene in just a few minutes using the Mass Placement and Cluster Placement tools.
Scene without trees
Scene with trees
After placing an object, you can start adjusting some of its properties with the new advanced properties option in the upper-right corner of the Lumion editor. Many of these previously buried buttons are now readily available on-screen.
Did you add a large number of trees, only to find out they were the wrong trees? Well, the first thing is to not panic, because by coupling the “Replace Selection” command with the new library interface, you can easily replace all of the trees in under a minute.
Simply click on a node or the object itself to select it and hold CTRL to add more objects to the selection. Or, in the Advanced Properties tab, you can click on “Select All Identical Objects” or “Select All Objects in Category” to instantly select a large number of objects. Once you have selected the objects you want to replace, click on the “Replace Selection” button.
Here is how to replace one type of tree (in gif form):
These small refinements in the Lumion interface will make your workflow much smoother, more intuitive, and more enjoyable. At the same time, you’ll save tons of time producing standout scenes!
Let’s recap. So far, we’ve used LiveSync to import the 3D model of the Lake House. After adding materials and while reviewing the design, however, we noticed a mistake with the patio and fixed it. Next, with the help of the lean scene-building workflow and tools such as Mass Placement and Replace Selection, we were able to quickly build a full, realistic scene that reflects the building’s real-life site location.
At this stage, about 25 minutes have passed and you only have 5 minutes to go before the client arrives. Fortunately, Lumion’s assortment of Photo, Movie, and Panorama effects can streamline the “render beautification” process.
If you want to go straight from Scene to Beautiful Render, here is the method with the fewest steps possible:
Add a Realistic Style
Add a Real Sky
Don’t forget your reflections and (if applicable) 2-point perspective!
One problem with using a pre-configured effect (such as the Realistic Style) is that you get a pre-configured render. This is not suitable for many firms who want to show the unique style of their designs.
Luckily, this workflow serves as a launchpad for quickly getting unique, stylistic renders ideal for your projects and your firm. After adding the Realistic Style, for example, you already have the foundations for a beautiful render that you can modify and adjust to suit your needs.
Whether for Styles, Real Skies, the customizable 3D grass, or any of the pre-configured effects and features, you can use them as a starting point for amazingly fast rendering.
Give your designs the attention and beauty they deserve, and never waste a second, by adding Lumion to your firm’s workflows!
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To access the first five videos of the 10-part Lumion 9 tutorial series, including rendering lessons about objects, materials, context and weather, make sure to check out Part 1.
Lesson 6 demonstrates how to create absolutely breathtaking images in Photo Mode. Whether realistic or conceptual, creating amazing images of your 3D project requires just a few steps and can be done in minutes!
Ever wanted to sit in the director’s chair? In Lesson 7, you’ll learn how quick and easy it is to create cinematic, fully amazing animations. Capture the hearts and minds of your audience, and discover the impact that animated renders can have on your clients!
Immerse yourself into the beauty of your 3D projects. In Lesson 8, you’ll learn how to create outstanding panoramic images right in Lumion. Whether for the Oculus Go, HTC Vive, you can quickly create 360° images and transport your clients to the heart of your designs.
Shadows, Hyperlight, Sky Light, oh my! In Lesson 9, you’ll learn how to quickly create light objects and use lighting features and effects to capture the real beauty of your 3D project.
Truly bring some life and energy into your Lumion 9 videos! In Lesson 10, you’ll discover how to animate objects in your Lumion scene, including cars, people, birds, the sun, doors opening, and clouds.
With the right guidance, mastering Lumion doesn’t require too much time, and these 10 lessons can be applied to whatever project you might be working on, from residential to interiors to landscapes and more.