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April 4 2017

Dreamy effects for design concepts

Photorealism can often seem like the rendering holy grail. But sometimes there are better ways to get your clients engaged in your design. So how can the effects available in Lumion help create the right discussion with your clients?

At the early stages of design, you might want to show your client the direction your design is heading towards while not getting into too much detail. General issues of form and function are good subjects but issues like material specifications are probably off-topic at this point. At this stage, it’s often good to be more impressionistic than realistic. 

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Above: Sketch effect

So what are the options in Lumion? The truth is that there are a really a lot, especially when you consider combinations. Nevertherless we’ve featured a few to help you to get started.

A simple black and white sketch effect is a great way to show a basic design idea without getting bogged down in details. The sketch renders above and below, both made using the sketch effect in Lumion, have different slider settings. A bit of color in your sketched concepts can help create a specific feel and adds some life to the image.

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Above: Sketch effect with some color added

The image below uses a small amount of the oil paint effect, which blurs some of the edges and surfaces. Other sketch and paint effects can be used for similarly appealing results.

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Many more possibilities for getting great-looking results through adding effects exist in Lumion. You can check out some previous blogs covering some of the aspects in the following links:

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Above: ‘Analog color lab’, ‘god rays’ and ‘volume cloud’ used to get a dusky dreamy quality

Find out how to use more effects on the Lumion Tutorial page. Give a try and see what unique styles you can come up with using combinations of different effects!

March 30 2017

Capturing Interiors

Michael Brightman’s recent webinar is like a gold mine of tips & tricks for all Sketchup and Lumion users. If you haven’t checked it out yet, then please do!

Michael takes you through all forms of lighting available in Lumion explaining countless workflow tips along the way. He also explains how the effects available within Lumion can be combined to create atmospheric, compelling interior renders. 

This webinar was recorded in real-time and demonstrates how fast it is to get fantastic results from a Sketchup/Lumion workflow. Check it out!

March 28 2017

Kingsland Buff project animation

Here’s another atmospheric animation of a luxurious Larry Belk project, visualized by Chris Welton in Lumion. He’s made excellent use of effects and camera work to convey a very specific mood and to showcase this large residential project in its beautiful natural setting. 

March 23 2017

From zero to hero in 2 hours!

Take a look at this time-lapse recording of Gui Felix starting with just a picture in Sketchup and ending with a 3D model, complete Lumion scene and render, just 2 hours later!

Gui modeled everything in Sketchup, then loaded the model into Lumion and built the scene that brought it all to life. Check out the renders below, which were produced just 2 hours after starting the whole project.

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Above: Night-time render made from the speed-built model

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Above: A second render. This time showing the model in the daytime. 

It’s fascinating to see all the steps, with nothing missed, condensed into one 22 minute video. It powerfully demonstrates what can be achieved with Sketchup and Lumion in such a short timescale!

March 20 2017

Lumion 7.3 released!  Includes LiveSync for Revit

Lumion 7.3 is out now and includes Lumion LiveSync for Revit

Make changes in Revit® and immediately see them appear live in Lumion!

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Above: Short impression of Lumion LiveSync for Revit in action

Lumion LiveSync® provides a real-time high quality 3D view of your Revit® design. This plugin for Revit® creates a live connection with Lumion, so that changes in Revit® can be previewed in real-time in Lumion.

Live synchronization can help you work faster, for example in the early stages of design, when you are making frequent adjustments to your Revit® model.

Lumion 7.3 is a FREE update for Lumion 7 users and the Lumion® plugin 2.0 for Revit® is FREE of charge to anyone.

How does it work?

Find out more on the Lumion what’s new page.

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