Make great renders with Lumion in 5 Steps (2019)

Lumion great renders in 5 Steps (2019)
Villa project by Gui Felix, rendered in Lumion 9.5

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create great renders with Lumion in 5 Steps? And how to transform your 3D model into a beautiful render? After finished your 3D model, and imported it into Lumion be ready to start:

1Find the best point of view in your scene

5 Steps to great renders from Lumion 2019
Interior wave lounge by ‎Kamon Tangruen, rendered in Lumion 9.
  • When you are creating and finding for you shoot, use at least one composition rule (simplify the scene), (use leading lines).
  • To start making animation, Set your camera height to the same level as the human eye. Don’t forget. Don’t make the camera angle too wide to avoid perspective distortion.

2Set up the scene’s lighting

Villa by CRIO Design Studio in collaboration with Arch. Alaa Hossari, rendered in Lumion 9.
  • Set the sun in the best position, that draws attention to the parts of the building where you want to highlight. By using the “Sun Study” effect, you can simulate the sun location at a particular place, time, and date. Or by using Other effects such as the “Sun,” “Real Skies,” can help you control the environmental lighting in your scene.
  • Set interior and mood lighting to make your building being used even although the daytime. You can use the volumetric lighting to add more feeling of atmosphere.
  • Balance the shadow brightness and coloring with the context surrounding the building. For example, tend with a bluer color the outdoor shadows.
  • In non-important areas, avoid a high level of contrast because that can sometimes direct attention to the wrong points in your design.

3Make materials look more beautiful with texture and age

Lumion great renders in 5 Steps (2019)
GIF showing various wall materials come with Lumion 9.5 update.
  • Enable the “Speedray reflections” and put reflection planes on big flat surfaces when you are rendering.
  • In many cases, its batter to make the materials a little more reflective than the static, or non-reflective surface. Also, Tweak the glossiness slider of the floor and ceiling materials too.
  • Avoid using simple digital colors, such as plain green, blue, yellow, red, purple. Because it will look ugly when applied to materials by using a more realistic color palette for your scene.
  • It’s better to diffuse textures than plain colors and add bumps with minimum value.
  • Add a little age and weathering with the “Weathering” slider, you can find it in Lumion’s material editor.

4Adding effects

Lumion great renders in 5 Steps (2019)
In the GIF above, as you see how we created the leading image of this blog post with Lumion effects. Some effects are just available in Lumion Pro Version.
  • By using the “Color Correction effect,” as shown in the first slider. Adjusts the color tone of the image and adds some dark shadows in the necessary place.
  • Add a tiny of “Chromatic Aberration” and a little bit value of the “Fish Eye” effect for appearing a small imperfection on optical.
  • Add “Hyperlight” and “SkyLight” for still videos and images. For the most influence with Sky Light, turn the render quality of Sky Light to ultra (ultra-slow).
  • Add the “Sharpness” effect with making the slider to a low value until the picture looks a bit more ‘flat’ like printed on a piece of paper.
  • Use DOF “Depth-of-Field” on the narrow camera angles to add more realistic. Avoid using this effect with a camera that has wide angles.
  • Don’t forget to add reflections to glass planes and water surfaces.

5Extra details needed in every single shot!

Lumion great renders in 5 Steps (2019)
Urban Scene 5 by Edwin Perez Cortez, rendered in Lumion 9.
  • Add furniture to your interiors and exteriors scene from Lumion object library, and fill the empty spaces. That makes your Space look lived-in. You can add people to your building, public space, landscaping.
  • Add cars very effectively when forming the “border areas.” Especially on a movie frame. Avoid putting vehicles in the center of your scene.
  • By including people’s models in your scene, you can show your client the relationship between people and the building conception design. Nevertheless, don’t make people model dominate the scene, avoid their faces to be more visible, and that makes viewers more distracted from the model design conception. Using silhouettes from Lumion library is the best way to achieve this problem.
  • Add picture borders and backgrounds with trees and plants using content from Lumion library.
  • Remember the significant impact of the background of your scene on the look of your building design. You can make the background blurry to give the feeling of a real city, or you can also enhance the realism of the scene by creating a forest in the background, and that makes the entire render understanding and digestion to the viewer.
  • In some cases, the “Real Skies.” are so beautiful and realistic, and that can distract the viewer from the building design, you can avoid that by using the “clear” Real Skies, or turn up the slider to blur of “cloud softness” when adding the Sky and Clouds effect. In other options in Lumion’s Build Mode, adjust the “clouds” slider and to turn off any cloud effect to create a distraction-free, clear sky.

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