Lumion 7 has just been released and just one day later, reactions to the new features have already been amazing! One of the questions we’re getting a lot is ‘how did we achieve the striking quality of the teaser images?’ This blog throws some light on how the image below was made.
Above: Teaser image rendered in Lumion 7 with no post-processing.
Interior scenes require care. The materials and the room lighting are crucial in making the space feel inviting and stylish. Some general tips about making interior renders can be found in a recent blog.
Lumion 7 comes with a number of features that allow you to transcend what was previously possible. These features make all the difference in finishing an image. How did we get the image above to look so good?
Area Lights and Light Strips
Lighting is critical. There are two kinds of lighting to think about when placing lights:
1. Direct lighting. Area lights were placed over the windows to simulate extra sunlight coming through them.
2. Indirect lighting. It’s important to place area lights in such a way that they simulate reflected light. For example, bright spots on floors and walls can be created with area lights.
The image above shows around a dozen positions where area lights of varying dimensions have been added. Light strips have been added above windows on both sides of the room too.
Above: Tutorial showing how to apply area lights
Weathering is a powerful effect that can add subtle details, especially to complex shapes, to impart them with character and make them look like the belong where they are. It’s called ‘weathering’ but can also be thought of as a kind of ageing, erosion or even corrosion, depending on the material it’s applied to.
In the teaser image, weathering was applied to the tables, metal plates on the mezzanine and the wood at the bottom of the sofas. The effect makes them aesthetically more appealing but also makes blend into the scene as a whole.
In addition to weathering, every material needs some specific attention. Typically you’ll need to tweak the reflectivity, relief and colorization of each material.
Above: Tutorial showing how to apply material weathering
The curtain draped over the sofa on the right-hand side of the image is made of transparent fabric and the lamp shade material is transparent too. Transparent fabrics are a simple way to add subtlety and style to an interior scene.
Above: Tutorial showing how easy it is to make transparent materials
Outside the window on the right-hand side of the image you can see that ivy has been added to one of the walls. This is a very subtle addition but the green contrast is a nice detail and every good render requires attention to detail!
Above: Tutorial showing how to apply foliage to materials
Effects are always a crucial element in getting your render looking right. Without effects, an image will very likely lack the style and mood that you’re looking for. The effects button in Lumion is the doorway to top-notch renders.
The effects stack used in this image includes the following: shadow, sun, volumetric sunlight, reflection, sharpness, fog and color correction. The image below shows a combined screenshot of the settings used on each of these effects in the teaser image.
Above: All the effects used in creating the Lumion 7 teaser image
Rendering and Iterating
Rendering the final still image, be sure to use Hyperlight. You need to find a setting which works best for your scene, so it’s worth trying out a few renders with different hyperlight settings. For this teaser image, a 64% hyperlight setting was used.
Iterating in Lumion is easy because images take seconds to render, making the feedback loop effectively real-time. Iterating allows you to work towards the perfect image by selectively tweaking and re-tweaking to help you get the details right.
Creating a compelling render is like creating good art. You need a good eye, talent and the desire to practice. Luckily, these are characteristics that many Architects possess and luckily too, Lumion 7 provides an easily accessible and powerful artistic palette to work with.