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March 16 2017

Creating Interior Renders

Avid Lumion user, renowned SketchUp expert and author, Michael Brightman has produced another excellent article about creating interior renders with Lumion. 


Above: Example of an interior created by Michael Brightman

Michael focuses heavily on lighting and combinations of Lumion effects  (effects stacks). He’s even made some of his effects stacks freely downloadable. 

Link to the article here to find out more.

March 10 2017

Remember Reflections!

A rendering without reflections is often lifeless and unrealistic. Especially if the image contains large water or glass areas. Handling reflections is a balance between finding the accurate beauty you seek and managing the demands on your computer - reflections can ask a lot of your graphics card!


Above: Atmospheric render with water reflections (courtesy of G.Felix)

This blog explains how to assign reflections in Lumion and can help you strike a balance between computer performance and reflective beauty.

February 16 2017

Polished Renders using Lumion Effects

Applying effects to your renders is nothing short of essential. Effects make the difference between a sterile, unemotive render and one which knocks the socks off the onlooker. 

Adding effects can take a while because if you’re a perfectionist, you might like to tweak sliders until the materials, colors, reflections, shadows and everything else look perfect. Chris Welton has pulled together a really useful tutorial, which can help you get faster at applying effects by saving them and re-applying them. He shows you how to fit this into the way you build and manage your scenes with some seriously useful time-saving tips.

Above: Butterfly House Rendering: Produced by Chris Welton based on Larry Belk’s design

He made the beautiful animation above, based on a design by Larry Belk called “The Butterfly House” and explains in the tutorial below some of the effects he used and how he applied them. 

Above: Mastering Scene Management Tutorial by Chris Welton

January 27 2017

Step-by-step guide to making this striking render in Lumion 7


Above: Render made in Lumion 7

Find out how to transform a plain-looking 3D model into the impressive render shown above using only Lumion. Step-by-step this blog takes you through the process of creating something magical starting with importing your model right up to rendering it.

January 20 2017

Butterfly House Project

Take a look at this impressive luxury residential project called the Butterfly House. Designed by Larry Belk, modeled by Saul Hansen at Inceptus Studios and rendered by Chris Welton, using Lumion. This atmospheric animation makes excellent use of the Lumion effects, water, trees, plants and grass.