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May 12 2017

It’s Curtains!

Transparent or translucent materials add style through texture, especially in the form of curtains. Lumion 7 comes with curtain presets in its materials library. You can also add variable amounts of transparency or translucency, to achieve spectacular results with the bonus that it’s simple to do. 

This blog explains how to apply these materials properties and shows some beautiful examples, all made in Lumion 7, of what you can achieve with just a little light, love and imagination.


Above: Curtains on a pergola, blowing in the wind 


Above: A stylish bedroom, with a lot of transparent fabrics


Above: Spectacular poolside in the foothills of snow-capped mountains!


Above: A beautiful render of a simple and stylish bedroom.

Adding curtain presets in Lumion 7 is easy. The tutorial below shows you how.

Above: Tutorial showing how to apply Curtain presets

Transparency and translucency can be adjusted independently in Lumion 7.

Transparency means that light travels through a material without an interaction taking place between the light and the material. The amount of light that passes through the material depends on how transparent (or opaque) the material is.


Above: Translucency (waxiness) applied to a marble statue  

Translucency, on the other hand, means that light travels partially through a material and interacts with it in such a way that the material itself appears to look more or less “waxy”.

In Lumion 7 you therefore have two sliders: A ‘transparency’ slider and a ‘waxiness’ slider. The tutorial below shows you how to use these.

Above: Tutorial showing how to apply transparency and translucency (waxiness)


Above: A blustery day with butterflies in the garden!

For more about applying materials in Lumion click here. To read more about the materials features in Lumion 7.3, visit the Lumion what’s new page.

May 4 2017

Shadowy Figures

People in renders can be tricky. They shouldn’t be shouting “look at me!” but their presence does add a certain vivacity to a scene. Silhouettes are often the way to go to strike this sweet-spot between presence and over-presence.


Above: Silhouettes add atmosphere and demonstrate function without detracting from the main design message

Check out the tutorial below to find out how easy it is to add black or white silhouettes to your Lumion scene.

In case you’d like to learn more Lumion techniques, you can find around 200 videos via the tutorial page on the Lumion website.

April 13 2017

Rendering Beautiful Interiors

High demands are placed on interior renders. Lighting is crucial. Entourage too. When it comes to rendering interiors, details matter!  

As Lumion has improved over recent years, its users have risen to the interior challenge. Check out these examples of Lumion enthusiasts who clearly demonstrate the mesmerizing beauty achievable with just a little diligence and Lumion love.

And remember! All of these images took seconds (not hours) of waiting time for the final render.


Above: Image by a member of the Lumion team. Great use of line lights, area lights and spotlights. Together with beautiful materials like the wooden floor, the curtains and the airy color scheme create a warm and stylish ambience.


Above: Image by G.Felix. A bedroom with a calm mood and exuding style. Focus here is again on lighting, coloring and getting the materials looking great.


Above: Interior image by G.Giovanni. The lighting, reflections and materials choices provide realism.


Above: Image by G.Felix. Inviting mood created with sunlight streaming in through the window on the right. Notice the carefully placed spotlights, subtle reflections off the wooden floor, real-to-life layout of the stylish chairs and appealing materials choices. The whole scene has been finely tweaked for a stylish and atmospheric render.  


Above: A stylish modern, open office. Depth-of-field, reflections and the combination of industrial design and classy materials lead to this great looking image. The coffee vapor was added in Lumion by importing a transparent texture - it’s a nice detail!


Above: Image by G.Felix. A small restaurant in a boutique hotel. Once again, a great design, beautiful lighting, carefully-tweaked materials and reflections combine to provide a stylish and inviting space.

If you want to see more examples of Lumion interior renders, then check out the Lumion forum. If you already own a Lumion license, then you can log on to the private section of the forum and access discussions and expertise to help you achieve this kind of beautiful interior render.

Read more about creating interior renders

April 11 2017

Smart Design and Better Living in California

Mir Gaskari, Jeff Van Voorhis and Tyler Wilson took time out to explain the secret of success for the switched-on, vibrant team at California-based Brandon Architects.


This young Architecture firm is combining its flare for design with BIM technology and Lumion, to offer fast and stylish results to clients looking for high-end residences in prime locations in Southern California. 


Read more……………

April 10 2017

Learn about Lumion LiveSync for Revit with this great tutorial

The new LiveSync for Revit feature in Lumion 7.3 has got Revit users excited. It’s got some great reviews too. Chris Welton also took the opportunity to create this excellent tutorial showing how to use it. 

Above: Tutorial showing how easy it now is to view your Revit model in real-time in Lumion.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, watch the tutorial and find out more on the Lumion What’s New page.