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May 19 2017

Want to know how to create a render like this?

The render shown below was created wholly in Lumion 7.3. This blog shows you which effects were combined to create this beautiful image. As a bonus, a couple of other renders have been included too.


The scene was built in the same way as described in a previous blog; the broad steps being:

  1. Import the basic 3D model (for example a SketchUp or Revit model)
  2. Add objects like trees and people
  3. Add materials from the Lumion library and adjust them
  4. Add lights - spot lights, line lights and area lights
  5. A viewpoint in the Lumion project has been carefully chosen

Having built the basic scene, the key ingredients that need to be added are the effects. The effects ‘stack’ applied in Lumion’s photo mode to create this scene is listed below. The effects were applied in the list order.

  1. 2-Point Perspective: Switch it on.
  2. Sun: It’s an evening scene, so change sun height and tweak other settings.
  3. Shadow: Push up the shadow coloring and brightness sliders and put the omnishadow slider full on.
  4. Global Illumination: Reduce the sun amount and fall-off speed sliders
  5. Reflection: Switch on Speedray reflections. 9 reflection planes have also been added.
  6. Cloud: Adjust cloud sliders until position, amount and form look right
  7. Analog Color Lab: Style slider on 60% and amount slider on 25%
  8. Chromatic Aberrations: Dispersion slider 5%, Affected area slider 100%, no safe shadows.
  9. Volume Clouds: Low amount, high height, softness and brightness. Tweak position.
  10. Color Correction: Move the sliders to emphasise blue shift and reduce red shift.
  11. Noise: Adjust sliders for very low intensity, no color, 100% size.
  12. Vignette: Adjust sliders for a small amount and high softness.
  13. Lens Flare: Always a question of tweaking to get this looking right for each image. Streak details and master brightness are important.
  14. Fog: In this case the fog brightness has been increased, fog density around 40% and fall off around 25%.
  15. Sharpness: Intensity set at close to zero

The action of applying effects in Lumion is simple and tweaking them is easy too. But every image needs some attention to detail and the effects for every image will always need a little tweaking. 

Visualizing how you want to convey your design is often the hard part as it requires artistic attention to detail. Visualize in your mind’s eye the result you are working towards and then practice getting there using the Lumion effects.


Above: A variation of the same scene. The effects are more or less the same, it’s just a different time of day!

Creating this variation was made easy by copy-pasting the effects stack from the first and tweaking the sliders to get the scene to look a bit different. This technique will save you loads of time. Here are some other images of the same model, shown from different viewpoints in the total Lumion scene, and using different effects settings.


…. and another one!


For more information and advice about getting better and faster results, visit the online Lumion Support Center. You can also log in using your license information and access the private forum to get discover how to get more out of Lumion.

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. 


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