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July 15 2019

How to create 3D environmental context from drone images

With the tutorial video and our new e-book, you can learn how to combine drones, photogrammetry software and Lumion to create beautiful, realistic 3D environmental context for your designs.

When creating and rendering a 3D planned environment, there are many ways to go about it, from modeling it yourself to using features such as OpenStreetMap (OSM) in Lumion. The method you choose, however, will affect the final look and feel of the renders you’re presenting, and one method may be more suitable than another.

Using OSM directly in Lumion, for example, creates white blocks depicting actual building locations, height and volume, but the buildings don’t show any textures and are, for that reason, not very realistic looking.

When you need realistic 3D environmental context to serve as the backdrop of your design, you can combine drone footage with photogrammetry software and then render everything together right in Lumion. Whether you are capturing an infrastructure asset, a planned site location or another environment, using a drone is fast and cost-effective (especially compared to some other methods).

In a new e-book based on the video at the top of this post, we’ll guide you through this process of capturing 3D environmental context. With only a drone, photogrammetry software and Lumion, you can create fairly accurate 3D models of the environment surrounding a planned building location.

You can download the e-book PDF here.

June 25 2019

Capture a cozy feeling with 150+ new objects and materials in Lumion 9.5

With the new library models and materials in Lumion 9.5, it’s now easier than ever to quickly create cozy, enthralling renders for exterior and interior designs.

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Lumion 9.5 was released one week ago as a free update for all Lumion 9 and Lumion 9.3 users (including Lumion 9.0.2 and 9.3.1). In this update, you can find over 150+ new materials and models to help bring an attractive, familiar sense of nature into 3D designs. With these additions, Lumion’s ever-growing content library now contains over 5,300+ objects and 1,150+ HD materials.

For interior scenes, the new wood and brick materials and potted plants elicit a welcoming, home-sweet-home feeling. For exterior scenes, the new leafless trees, leafless shrubs, and forest objects create richly detailed, enchanting compositions.

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No matter the type of scene you are creating, the new objects and materials in Lumion 9.5 can help furnish your designs with the right mood and connect with your audience on an intimate, emotional level.

In this blog post, we’ll go through the new materials and objects that you can find in Lumion 9.5 Pro. Click here for the complete release notes.

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June 18 2019

Lumion 9.5 is out now!

Mood and feeling are crucial elements of impactful architectural renders, and in Lumion 9.5, you can instantly and easily create a warm, cozy feeling around your design’s interiors and exteriors.

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Lumion 9.5 was released today as a free update for all Lumion 9.x users. It builds on Lumion’s large content library to help architects quickly visualize their designs with living, beautiful environments and richly detailed materials.

With the addition of new natural objects and materials, Lumion 9.5 helps communicate the cozy feeling of your design and its surroundings faster and easier than ever before.

Apply any of the 52 new wood and brick materials and you’ll immediately set up that warm, home-sweet-home feeling for your interiors and exteriors. You can then invite nature into your design with the 14 new leafless trees and shrubs, 96 forest wood objects (twigs, trunks, logs, punk woods, stumps, etc.) and 25 potted plants.*

With the added benefit of lightning-fast rendering, Lumion 9.5 makes it easy to connect interior and exterior spaces with a consistent mood, while helping you quickly polish the look of your renders with a breathtaking level of realism.

Availability

Lumion 9.5 is a free update for all Lumion 9.x users. 

For more information on Lumion 9.5, please visit our Knowledge Base article, “Lumion 9.5: Everything you need to know.”


*Some of the new objects are only available in Lumion 9.5 Pro

May 31 2019

Just what can you really do with Lumion? Architect Paul Spaltman explains.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

Earlier this year, the Lumion team along with Dutch architect Paul Spaltman spoke with over 100+ students from one of the most renowned architecture schools, TU Delft.

You can watch the entire 30-minute presentation here:

Don’t have time to watch the whole video? In this blog, you can learn some of the basics about Lumion. This includes the benefits that Lumion can offer you as an architect and the speed and ease in which Lumion can support your rendering needs at any stage of the design process.

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May 16 2019

How to optimize your 3D model for faster Lumion performance

Want to speed up your Lumion performance? Follow these helpful, 3D model optimization tips to reduce the size of your models and improve your real-time rendering experience in Lumion.

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Imagine you created an incredibly detailed 3D model of your latest design. The model includes complex, intricate details such as beautiful, carefully selected nature objects and highly realistic materials and textures.

These details have made the model quite heavy and, while Lumion is certainly capable of handling large models with ease, sometimes the model can become so huge that it ends up slowing down the performance in Lumion’s real-time editor.

So, what can you do to reduce the model size and improve your Lumion experience?

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