Faster 3D rendering with 6 workflow-boosting features in Lumion 10

Nov 21, 2019 | Lumion

Paint hundreds of trees across your landscape with a sweep of the mouse. Create a library of frequently used, customized materials. And enhance your rendering workflows with an improved object library.

From the early days of the design’s development to the incoming deadline for the big client presentation, the entire design process can take weeks, if not months. With Lumion 10, you can reduce the amount of effort needed when turning your designs into beautiful, compelling renders.

Model design by Marco Caccini.

And with new features in Lumion 10 to further improve your rendering workflows and processes, you can move from a 3D model in your CAD software to a realistic (or conceptual) image, video or 360 panorama faster than ever before.

In this blog post, you’ll explore six of the new workflow-boosting features in Lumion 10, including:

  1. Paint placement
  2. Custom materials library
  3. Landscape cutter
  4. Ease in/out control for movie clips
  5. Improved object library
  6. Improved DWG import

Including feature videos, tutorials and more, you can learn more about how these six features can help improve workflows as well as the entire 3D rendering pipeline. To see everything that Lumion 10 has to offer, check out the features list on the ‘What’s new’ page.

Paint Placement

Imagine you have less than an hour to show your design for a residential home located in the middle of a thick forest. You look at a few photos of the location and notice the density of the trees and plants, the complex and living ecosystem that makes up a real-life forest.

And while you don’t need to recreate every detail of the forest for your renderings, you do need to give an impression of the forest surrounding the home. This is where the new Paint Placement tool in Lumion 10 turns digital nature creation into a smooth, lightning-fast process.

The new Paint Placement tool functions exactly like it sounds. Simply sweep your mouse like a brush across an area to place hundreds of nature objects across your project. Like painting on a piece of paper, you can scatter swathes of trees, plants and rocks over the landscape to impart that sense of natural realism to the context surrounding your architectural design.

How to use the Paint Placement feature?

When you need to quickly add trees, plants and other nature models across your project’s landscape, you can find the Paint Placement tool as one of the object placement options in the Lumion editor (next to the single object placement, mass placement and cluster placement).

Currently, the Paint Placement tool is only available for nature models. Select the nature category, choose a tree, plant, flower, rock or another nature model and click on the Paint Placement icon.

Next, you can control the density of the model you want to place. For lush forests and dense ecosystems, consider moving the density slider all the way to the right.

Keep in mind that if you want a more realistic look that shows the variety and diversity of a real-life nature scene, you may want to reduce the density slider and add multiple nature models. With the “remove” button in this tool, you can better control the quantity of individual nature models.

Model design inspired by the works of Studio MK 27.

Below are a few examples of what you can quickly achieve with the Paint Placement tool.

Example 1

Example 2

Model design by Van Manen

Example 3

Custom Materials Library

Do you find yourself customizing the same materials over and over again? With the new Custom Materials Library in Lumion 10, you can save your meticulously modified materials and instantly apply them to any surface in an instant.

You can even find these saved materials in your other projects, ensuring that your most commonly used materials are instantly available for all your projects.

Landscape Cutter

When importing you 3D design into Lumion, there are two options for the terrain beneath the model. You can either import a ground plane from your CAD modeling software or you can use the Lumion landscape terrain.

If using the Lumion landscape and you have subterranean elements, such as swimming pools and basements, you can easily visualize them with the Landscape Cutter tool.

Located in the Utilities Category in the Lumion editor, the Landscape Cutter creates a “hole” in the Lumion landscape. You can adjust the length and width of the hole to easily show the entirety of your underground elements.

You can add a maximum of two landscape cutters in your project.

Ease in/out control for movie clips

Making a beautiful movie is more than setting a camera path — it’s also about controlling the camera speed and guiding the viewer’s eyes to admire the details of the project.

Now, when creating video clips in Lumion 10, the new ease in/out control lets you control the acceleration of the camera at the beginning and end of each clip.

By turning on the “Ease in smooth” setting, the camera speed will accelerate at the beginning of the clip and decelerate at the end. By turning on the “Ease in linear” setting, the camera speed will remain constant from start to end.

Improved object library

With over 5,600+ items in the Lumion content library, Lumion 10 makes building realistic looking, detail-rich settings an easy and quick affair. From the forest to the downtown, the residential neighborhood to the museum district, Lumion includes nature, indoor, exterior, people, transport and other models to help you fill out the scene for any project type.

Now, in Lumion 10, the improved object library enhances the Lumion scene-building process by letting you show/hide the content library, see models with large thumbnails and search with the genus and/or species names (only available for models in the Nature Category).

To make object placement even easier, remember these object library shortcuts:


  • Hold “G” to always place a person on the terrain
  • Tap “C” to cycle through the color of cars
  • Hold “V” to randomly scale trees when placing them
  • Hold “H” to set the height of a light before placing it
  • Hold “L” to scale an imported model to it’s real-life proportions
  • Hold “R” to rotate a bicycle to face the right direction

Improved .DWG import

With the release of Lumion 10, an updated .DWG model importer is now integrated into Lumion and you no longer need the DWG to Lumion Bridge plug-in.

Model design by Van Manen.

Other improvements when importing .DWG files include:


  • The .DWG model importer has been rewritten almost from scratch. This solves a lot of problems, especially with AEC/MEP objects, thanks to better separation of surfaces. Unfortunately, that requires a break in compatibility in material naming conventions with previous versions of Lumion. Material naming is based on layer color.
  • You can now import lines when importing a .DWG file.
  • .DXF model importer has also been improved.

Breathe life into 3D models and share the spirit of your design ideas

Lumion 10 aims to reduce the amount of effort required on your end to create beautiful renderings of your designs. With all of the new workflow-boosting features and tools in Lumion 10, combined with effects to visually enrich the look and feel of your finished results, Lumion 10 creates a stress-free atmosphere for you to quickly breathe life into your 3D models and share the spirit of your design ideas.

To add Lumion 10 to your architectural workflows, you can order online here.