Architectural visualization can be segmented and observed in two aspects. You can either view it as a Pure 3D photorealistic style or in a non-photorealistic manner. The second option provides industrial architecture style in a broader approach with a wide range of options to display. Today world-famous artists who specialize in Architectural visualization are trying out various approaches to bring out innovation in their work. Every single approach will depend on a certain skill set and a level of technology. The artists can be flexible in their approach as long as it meets the client’s requirements. Time and budget are often constraints and will affect the choice of approach to a certain limit. Meeting the market expectations is a large responsibility of such artists. The still architectural structure has to be readable to the viewers and should explain its purpose in a single static frame.
One of the hardest, yet the best part of the architectural design services is deciding on the composition. It will help to start using a classic composition, namely a central perspective, etc. You need to keep the composition as clear, simple and readable as you can. To understand the image better, keep the perspective lines to the minimum.
This is true for both interiors as well as exterior renders. You can try applying the Rule of thirds to all your images. This enables getting a balanced composition. You can align all the main parts of the image with grids to check how it will look. Cameras, Photoshop and 3D’s max have the grid option which makes a lot of sense to artists.
Using a focal length between 35 to 55 mm will help you capture perfect images. You need to try and capture the images and show as much as you can in a single image. CG Matrix has the ability to allow you to view between walls by hiding them, cutting or using the option of camera clip planes.
Modeling and Shading
Modeling your project with the fine details included is what will help you till the end of the venture. It’s very important and useful to aim to build your models accurately. Getting the general proportions along with the minute details accurately is what you need to do the trick. While choosing the shades also, you have to enhance the images and use the right textures.
As there are so many options available today, you can experiment and get as creative as you wish. There is no set standard for the colors to be used. Another important aspect you should concentrate on is how different surfaces reflect light. Paying attention to the surface glossiness has a vital role in the final look of the buildings.
Top architectural design firms focus on using HDR images while taking natural-looking lighting as a base. This can be used with or and also without combining it with other light sources.
You should make sure that the brightest spot in the images you use goes to the level of complete white. This will give a balanced feel for all the other white shades in that scene. These other white shades in the render can range from 190 to 220. The way you distribute the dark and lighter areas of your images is quite important too.
Rendering in Architectural visualization
An important aspect you should pay attention to when you aim for photo reality is the Grain. The subtle grain in the image is very useful to make the photo look real. Lower render settings will help you achieve the grain. Sketchup is a tool that many artists use for modeling. Indigo Render as the name suggests making a lot of rendering possible. The real advantage you obtain when rendering unbiased is clarity in all details, however minute they are, as well as the grains which are produced as a result of the process.
All 3D artists have to coordinate and organize their work, no matter what technology they use. The enhancements of the GPU based technology will soon provide further options in the field of Architectural visualization.
The Post Production stage also plays a great role in the production process. It is as important as the processing stage itself. To sum it all, take maximum advantage of your engine’s complete potential in each and every stage. The final product after the rendering will be fantastic and there will be very fewer post-production requirements too.