3D Architectural Visualization & Rendering Blog http://www.ronenbekerman.com The source for sharing & learning about all aspects of 3d architectural visualization and architectural rendering. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:34:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 The Beauty of Concrete by Florian Mueller http://www.ronenbekerman.com/the-beauty-of-concrete-by-florian-mueller/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/the-beauty-of-concrete-by-florian-mueller/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:16:37 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24787 Concrete is great! you know I think so by now, and when I stumbled upon the work of German based freelance photographer/artist Florian Müller I had to share it with you. Below you’ll find 3 photo sets of concrete buildings he took photos of, most interesting being the church “Johannes XIII” by Josef Rikus. Photography […]

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Concrete is great! you know I think so by now, and when I stumbled upon the work of German based freelance photographer/artist Florian Müller I had to share it with you. Below you’ll find 3 photo sets of concrete buildings he took photos of, most interesting being the church “Johannes XIII” by Josef Rikus.

Photography by Florian Müller.

The church “Johannes XIII” (Josef Rikus 1964) in Cologne, Germany.

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Church of Resurrection, Cologne, Germany. Designed by architect Gottfried Böhm.

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Mary’s Cathedral in Neviges. Designed by the architect Gottfried Böhm.

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Visit Florian’s website White Bunny to learn more about him and his work.

This building went into my Material / Concrete board on Pinterest. I invite you to follow me and see what other great things I’ve curated there for some time now.

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25 Free 3D Furniture Model by ODESD2 http://www.ronenbekerman.com/25-free-3d-furniture-model-odesd2/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/25-free-3d-furniture-model-odesd2/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:05:54 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24751 It is great to see design studios offer 3d models of their items like Ukrainian based Design Bureau ODESD2 did a week ago with their entire furniture line of 25 items! They kindly share MAX and OBJ formats along with textures as well as 2d blueprints so that anyone can use them in their projects […]

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It is great to see design studios offer 3d models of their items like Ukrainian based Design Bureau ODESD2 did a week ago with their entire furniture line of 25 items! They kindly share MAX and OBJ formats along with textures as well as 2d blueprints so that anyone can use them in their projects and visualizations. Enjoy this and make sure you follow them!


Visit ODESD2 Website and make sure you follow the ODESD2 Behance Portfolio to learn more about them and their furniture (and other) design work.

Here here several renders of their items in place gathered from their portfolio which you can start browsing here.

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SketchUP V-Ray Proxy Grass http://www.ronenbekerman.com/sketchup-v-ray-proxy-grass/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/sketchup-v-ray-proxy-grass/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:36:36 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24486 Creating 3D Grass and Scattering it all over the place inside 3dsmax was featured here plenty, but with V-Ray for SketchUP becoming better and better it can be done inside SU too with great results and little effort as David Brufau showcases in this short how-to. Follow his process and feel free to jump in […]

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Creating 3D Grass and Scattering it all over the place inside 3dsmax was featured here plenty, but with V-Ray for SketchUP becoming better and better it can be done inside SU too with great results and little effort as David Brufau showcases in this short how-to. Follow his process and feel free to jump in with questions or suggest your own methods of doing this inside SketchUP.

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Author: David Brufau

David Brufau in an Architect and Architectural Visualization Artist based in Barcelona, Spain. He started his own practice, specialized in ArchVIZ back in 2010 and he uses SketchUP as his main tool for that… along with V-Ray for SketchUP as his render engine of choice.

Modeling the single Grass Blade

You could easily start with a ready made mesh and texture like the one that was provided a few days ago here – Free Grass by Mischa Winkler, but my aim was to do it all solo inside SketchUP so you can see how simple it is.

It similar to how Peter Guthrie is doing this inside 3dsmax as featured on his blog – V-Ray Grass Tutorial Part 1 and V-Ray Grass Tutorial Part 2.

To start, we can easily push-pull two shapes into one another. The resulting intersection will be the base for our grass-blade.

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This is the resulted shape. The segments here are the result of the initial curve detail drawn up above.

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With a quick scale we can make this blade as thin as needed.

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Creating the Grass Blade Texture

You can easily find a ready-made blade texture, but the point of this exercise was to do this solo. To start, I create a new blank canvas in Photoshop.

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After a quick search in Google Images, I find a good color base to work with for the grass blade texture.

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I paste it onto the empty canvas inside Photoshop and blur it out since I only need the general colors.

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Adding the dark / light gradient form the bottom of the blade texture.

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Doing the same with the middle fold of the blade from inside outwards.

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Apply some falloff to this fold so it is less strong up above.

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Adding the blade detail with a simple black and white streaks mask.

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And there you have it!

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Applying the Texture

Next thing is to apply that texture onto the blade model. I’m placing the texture so it fits one face and then I just capture the texture and paint it over the rest so it all flows smooth.

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This is how the blade looks like without the fold modeled yet.

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Adding an additional line along the center will allow…

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A scale operation to be made and get the fold locked in the model itself too.

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Scattering and Export to VRMesh

For the scattering I’m using the Make Fur plugin by Tak2hata which can generate grass, or any other object for that matter, using a variety of parameters to distribute them randomly over an area.

See this video for an overview of what can be done with it and follow my process right after.

Here is my small patch of scattered blades using the Make Fur plugin.

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Next thing is to convert it into a V-Ray Proxy object. Clicking on the toolbar export button and picking a folder to save into.

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Replace the full version with the proxy version, and also control the amount of triangles if you like. This is not critical as we are going to simply this even further.

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Replacing V-Ray Proxy with Simple Geometry

I’m taking a very simple approach to using proxy stand-ins inside SketchUP. We don’t even need the small triangle amounts generated by the proxy export process… All we need is the patch boundary – This could be a simple line circle. Considering the amount of proxies we are going to scatter, this will help a lot to reduce the load on the viewport.

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I’m picking the triangles and hiding them away, as well as the base circle face – all we need is the circle.

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Or any other shape that defines the patch you created. In this case I made two. I also add a small line point upwards to indicates that so we don’t flip them by mistake during a scatter operation.

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Quick Test and making the Lawn

I’m doing a quick test render to make sure the proxies are working ok first.

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Next, to demonstrate with a lawn, I’m creating the plane on which we will scatter the proxies.

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I’m using the Make Fur plugin again, this time with the Crowd scatter feature which allows loading of several SketchUP components for the process.

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This is how it all looks after the scatter :

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Zoomed in…

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And test rendered too…

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This is how it looks in the end!

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Not too complex and all done from within SketchUP!

In the following how-to you’ll see how I made a more complex scene based on the same method showcased here.

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Forest Pack 4.2 Pro & Lite Released http://www.ronenbekerman.com/forest-pack-4-2-pro-lite-released/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/forest-pack-4-2-pro-lite-released/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:55:02 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24700 iToo Software announce today the release of Forest Pack 4.2 Lite & Pro. The new version includes support for V-Ray 3.0 final release, support for Corona Renderer – Alpha 6 and a new set of over 30 meadow grass and flower presets. In addition, the software expands its capabilities by adding new animation features. Release […]

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iToo Software announce today the release of Forest Pack 4.2 Lite & Pro. The new version includes support for V-Ray 3.0 final release, support for Corona Renderer – Alpha 6 and a new set of over 30 meadow grass and flower presets. In addition, the software expands its capabilities by adding new animation features.

Release Notes

Main Features and Changes
  • “Meadow”, a new library that includes over 30 wild grass and flower presets.
  • Support for V-Ray 3.0 final.
  • Support for Corona Alpha 6, including Forest Color.
  • Translation X/Y range can now be defined using min/max values.
  • Translation can be controlled using maps.
  • Added Transform->Probability map (for translation, rotation and scale).  When enabled, the map is used as a probability value for the random range (black: no random, white: full random range)
  • New Animation mode: “Frame from Map”, uses a map to define the absolute frame within a Start/End range.
  • Diversity Map can use its own texture, independent of the Distribution Map.
  • New scattering algorithm for UV Surfaces, which allow to deform the surface without changing the density of the distribution.
  • Inverted falloff curves can be used at same time with including and excluding areas.
Fixes
  • Fixed random crash cloning Forest objects.
  • Fixed crash in V-Ray when using billboards and camera motion blur.
  • Fixed: Presets are loaded as XRefs, instead merged in the scene.
  • Fixed several issues in the Library Browser.
  • Custom Edit items are properly positioned when rescaling scene units.
  • Fixed look of “Areas->Pick Models” dialog when resized.
  • Fixed rare crash in Forest Color when modified from Maxscript.
  • “VRay not compatible” message is shown only one time and doesn’t crash Max.

See the full Forest Pack Release Notes here…

Feature image credit goes to Chiara from State of Art Academy Master Class #9

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model+model Released Vol. 09 / Kitchen Accessories http://www.ronenbekerman.com/modelplusmodel-released-vol-09-kitchen-accessories/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/modelplusmodel-released-vol-09-kitchen-accessories/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:20 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=23934 model+model released a new volume of Kitchen Accessories 3D Models to help you spice up those interiors you are working on! You’ll have over 180 single models in 35 sets ready to go with V-Ray & Mental Ray supporting LWF and Arch&Design Mats too. Vol.09 Kitchen Accessories contains 3d models of decor objects arranged in 35 […]

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model+model released a new volume of Kitchen Accessories 3D Models to help you spice up those interiors you are working on! You’ll have over 180 single models in 35 sets ready to go with V-Ray & Mental Ray supporting LWF and Arch&Design Mats too.



Vol.09 Kitchen Accessories contains 3d models of decor objects arranged in 35 sets. All models are made with attention to details. They have a reasonable amount of polygons and correct grid. The models are textured and are ready to use with 3dsmax VRay, Mental Ray & Scanline (They are also provided in .FBX & .OBJ formats).

To view all models and get additional information, please visit the model+model website.

You can also see a select preview here…

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And this cool Coca Cola 3d model, which you can get as a sample below right now by spreading the word around!

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Supported Formats:

  • *.max Scanline – with textures and materials for 3ds max 2008 or higher.
  • *.max V-Ray – with textures and materials (in gamma 1.0/2.2) for 3ds max 2008 and V-ray 1.5 or higher.
  • *.fbx – with mapping without materials.
  • *.obj – with mapping without materials.

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Making of House in the Forest http://www.ronenbekerman.com/making-of-house-in-the-forest/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/making-of-house-in-the-forest/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24628 Juan Carlos Torres‘s cold and foggy visuals of a House in the Forest awarded him Best Visualization of the Week NO. 06/2014 for the great composition and mood he managed to convey, blending in the design so nicely with the forest environment. Follow this article as Juan describes his process of creating this scene using […]

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Juan Carlos Torres‘s cold and foggy visuals of a House in the Forest awarded him Best Visualization of the Week NO. 06/2014 for the great composition and mood he managed to convey, blending in the design so nicely with the forest environment. Follow this article as Juan describes his process of creating this scene using 3dsmax and V-Ray, with some extra shots at the end. Enjoy!

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Author : Juan Carlos Torres

Juan was born in 1977 in Quito – Ecuador. He is an Architect and CG Artist, Founder and CEO of CAD Services.

Project forum thread – House in the Forest

Architecture and Conceptualization

The intention was to design a low-impact house for a single person in the middle of the woods. The house was designed to blend into the environment, with bare concrete as the main material selection. Large spans were used as windows, as if they are clean openings for allowing light in and view out, in what is otherwise dominant concrete forms. I was aiming for  a cold and foggy environment that plays well with the concrete as main material of the house and helps blend it all together.

Modeling

The architectural geometry was modeled in AutoCAD (I know… don’t ask). The primary units are centimeters, principally for the low poly solids, and the result was a very light model , this will give me a lot more versatility in the rendering stage.

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Units Setup in 3dsmax

The first step in 3dsmax is the units setup , I configure this in centimeters for both the display and the system. I’m importing the model via the file link manager feature which allows a faster refresh of the model when needed.

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Gamma and LUT settings (LWF)

I started the Linear workflow process setting the gamma and LUT to 2.2 in 3dsmax to visualize real colors and textures, and the lighting is correct too.

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Lighting and V-Ray Physical Camera Settings

The lighting of the scene is a V-Ray Dome light with an HDRI by Peter Guthrie, linked with a V-Ray Sunlight to get strong shadows and a little warm highlights.

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The V-Ray Physical Camera Settings :

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Here´s the first light test with an override material…

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Texturing

The principal materials are the concrete and the ground, for both I used textures from CGtextures, modified in Photoshop and color correction inside of V-Ray material editor.

Concrete

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Ground

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Textured Scene…

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Landscaping

I used species from different companies for the landscaping, the grass and small species are from iCube R&D, the medium species are from Evermotion , and the trees are from VIZpeople Birch collection.

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The stones are modeled with rock generator script.

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I used MultiScatter plugin to create the environment, in the case of the trees and medium species I used a border spline around the house to limit the entry.

The first plane trees was located manually using V-Ray Proxies.

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V-Ray Environment Fog

This step is really hard because the tests are very long. I recommend turning off all the scatters and turn on the override white material for the tests. Create basic geometry like primitives around the scene like trees. The V-Ray atmosphere element will help us to tune the in the post-production process.

Don’t forget turn on the optimized atmospheric evaluation in V-Ray System – miscellaneous.

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Final Settings

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The V-Ray render elements for the post-production process :

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Some WIP’s :

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The RAW render :

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Post Production

I used Photoshop for the first post-production session , adding render elements to improve reflections , contrasts , fog, leaks, in screen mode and soft light blending modes.

The first PS breakdown :

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The Magic Bullet PhotoLooks pass adding effects like vignette, color corrections and diffuse bloom :

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The final pass in PS and adding flares whit knoll light factory in black screen layer :

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The final render :

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More shots of my project :

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I hope this information will be helpful to you. Special thanks to Ronen for selecting my work as a forum spotlight and pushing towards the realization of this making-of .

Feel free to ask anything in the comment section below.

Juan.

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10 Free 2D Cutout People http://www.ronenbekerman.com/10-free-2d-cutout-people/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/10-free-2d-cutout-people/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:34:44 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24669 Juan Carlos Ramos kindly shares his second 2D Cut Out People Pack. As I always say – You can never have too many 2d people, and this pack has 10 groups of them that Juan prepared as part of his Post Production Spanish Master Class. Enjoy! Visit Juan Carlos Ramos Website to learn more about […]

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Juan Carlos Ramos kindly shares his second 2D Cut Out People Pack. As I always say – You can never have too many 2d people, and this pack has 10 groups of them that Juan prepared as part of his Post Production Spanish Master Class. Enjoy!


Visit Juan Carlos Ramos Website to learn more about him, his work and his Post Production Master Class.

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Making of IEEG Energy Center http://www.ronenbekerman.com/making-of-ieeg-energy-center-by-edit/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/making-of-ieeg-energy-center-by-edit/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24407 Uros and Igor, from EDiT, previously wrote here about the Making of the BOKA Artist Residence project and today they visit us again showcasing the process of making one of their most recent projects – The IEEG Energy Center. Focusing on a single shot, they will describe how they took it from model to final relying […]

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Uros and Igor, from EDiT, previously wrote here about the Making of the BOKA Artist Residence project and today they visit us again showcasing the process of making one of their most recent projects – The IEEG Energy Center. Focusing on a single shot, they will describe how they took it from model to final relying mostly on post-production workflow. Enjoy!

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Author: Uros and Igor, EDiT studio

EDiT is a young visualization studio based in Belgrade, Serbia founded by Uros Nesic and Igor Kozic in the fall of 2012. Both of them became interested in architecture visualization during their architecture studies at the University of Belgrade. Using 3D graphics and 2D composting as a main tool to narrate their projects they paved their way into the field of ArchVIZ, and since then they have focused their work mainly around storytelling.

Introduction

Couple of months ago we did a set of visuals for a young team of architects from Serbia – Monika Jovanovic, Dijana Bardzic and Jovana Kazanegra. The project they were working on, the IEEG energy center, was a reconstruction of a (not so) old industrial hall which is supposed to be made into a center for promotion of sustainable energy and green design. It sounded interesting from the beginning, as it included working with raw materials such as concrete, metal and wood.

In this article we will try to walk you through our process behind this project, from modelling to post production.
Particularly for this visual we set the emphasis on the relation between the wall, the building and the passage itself. We wanted to create a scene that represents calmness and equilibrium between the built environment and elements of nature. The idea was to emulate low sunlight, as seen in the calm golden hours of the day.

The modeling

SketchUP

We usually start with SketchUP for the base model, and then move on to 3ds Max for the touch ups. In this phase we pay attention to keeping all the layers tidy, and the geometry clean – mostly made of grouped solids. This way, we would reduce the geometry problems that can occur when exporting form SketchUP to 3ds Max. We arrange the layers according to materials as another method of making our lives easier later on.

3ds Max

Upon finishing the model in SketchUP we moved on to 3ds Max and V-Ray. This is the phase in which we usually make smaller adjustments to the rough model – geometry softening, adding some of the details, light fixtures and furniture. After the model was all set we moved on the next stage, which was the lighting the scene.

Lighting

When setting up the light we prefer to work with a clay model, it helps us to isolate the lighting so that we could focus on the relation between light and shadow in the scene.

We used a sunny HDRI map joined with a V-Ray Sun. This way, we combined the best of two worlds, the atmosphere generated by the HDRI and the overall control you can achieve when using sun object.

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Texture

When the position of the sun was set we moved on to texturing of the model. As you can see there are just a handful of materials in the scene. We used basic materials, as we wanted to have a good base render for post-production. The materials are created in a way that would allow more flexibility later on.

Here’s a preview for the materials used in the scene :

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The gravel and grass were created with Forest Pack Pro using basic presets.

Composition

With the material and the lighting set we moved on to choosing the right angle for the visual. We tried to frame the shot so it leads into the distance guided by the lines of the buildings. At the same time we tried to avoid the central perspective and give the image a more casual, snapshot type of look by tilting the frame a bit to the side.

Post Production

Base Render

We started off with a simple, plain render. As we mentioned, the idea was to produce a lightly contrasted raw render, so that we can have more space for compositing and post-production later on.

Base Corrections

We usually work on base render corrections after the compositing phase of the scene – after we set the environment. But considering the fact that most of the image was “taken” by the base render, it was a good idea to start from corrections this time. For the corrections we used a few V-ray passes. We tried to boost definition with the GI pass and reflection with raw reflection pass. We ended up with more contrast and a clearer looking render.

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Texturing

In this phase we started to bring a bit more dynamics to the base materials. We usually look for textures that are similar in scale, but with distinct shadow contrast. We set them in perspective, usually desaturate them so that colors wouldn’t burn out, and then we use a specific blending mode to blend them in. In this particular scene, we worked on concrete, gravel and corten steel.

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Background

For the background we combined one of the photos of the building from the original location with a suitable sky. We blend in the sky the same way as the other materials. It is important to look for the fine shadow play and dynamics, as the color can easily be corrected later.

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Bushes and more Grass

At this point, we received feedback from the client, and we were asked to put in higher vegetation instead of the grass on the floor. Holes on the wall were also to be filled with grass, so the entire process involved playing with grass textures and masking them out with proper brushes in Photoshop. It is essential to keep in mind the shadow contrast of the scene, and match it on the painted geometry.

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Markings on the Walls

Next, we continued to go deeper into the visual, thus we added customized details such as drawings on the corten and flashes on the solar panels, to make the image feel a bit more natural.

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Fog and depth

At this stage the picture looked good but it was still a little flat so we started painting in the fog and emphasized lighting and shadows of the scene, to add a little more atmosphere and depth. It also helps to pop up the foreground elements of the scene.

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People

The image was at a decent level so our next step was to add people in. After some consideration we decided to go with a peaceful yet a bit romantic layout. After proper scaling and setting them in perspective, we painted in shadows, did some dodging and burning and played around with colors to fit them into the composition.

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Final Corrections

Everything was set for us to move on to the final phase :

The colors of the image looked a bit uneven so the first step was to paint in a touch of blue to even out the sky and the rest of the image.

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We did some dodging and burning to bring out the overall shadow and light dynamics and make the image pop out a little more.

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So far the image looked great, but we wanted to add a little more warmth and focus so we used a warming filter and a diffuse filter to give it a warm haze and diffuse the light, as well as a vignette to center the focus.

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So there you have it!

And in a nice video too…

We hope you had a good time reading this article. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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Free Grass by Mischa Winkler http://www.ronenbekerman.com/free-grass-model-texture/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/free-grass-model-texture/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:12:00 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24608 Mischa Winkler kindly shares his high quality grass models with Octane ready materials. You are free to use this for commercial projects too and files are available as .obj .fbx and .max with texture maps. Visit Mischa Winkler’s Website to learn more about him and his work.

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Mischa Winkler kindly shares his high quality grass models with Octane ready materials. You are free to use this for commercial projects too and files are available as .obj .fbx and .max with texture maps.

Visit Mischa Winkler’s Website to learn more about him and his work.

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Making of Astridhof Residence http://www.ronenbekerman.com/making-astridhof-residence/ http://www.ronenbekerman.com/making-astridhof-residence/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:10:00 +0000 Ronen Bekerman http://www.ronenbekerman.com/?p=24520 Patric Verstraete recently published his latest work for VEELAERT ARCHITECTEN’s Astridhof Residence project, showcasing extensive environmental work to achieve similar look to that on site without relying on photography. He kindly share his process of making it using 3dsmax and V-Ray as his main tools, as well as Forest Pack Pro, RailClone and Mighty Tiles […]

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Patric Verstraete recently published his latest work for VEELAERT ARCHITECTEN’s Astridhof Residence project, showcasing extensive environmental work to achieve similar look to that on site without relying on photography. He kindly share his process of making it using 3dsmax and V-Ray as his main tools, as well as Forest Pack Pro, RailClone and Mighty Tiles Pro. Enjoy!

Patric Verstraete Making of Astridhof Residence

Author : Patric Verstraete

Patric Verstraete is a CG and 3d Architectural Visualization artist based in Belgium. Starting as a freelancer in 2009 he now heads Vizcon3d, specialized in architectural spaces through images with passion.

Project forum thread – Astridhof Residence

Introduction

It is a fantastic feeling being invited by Ronen Bekerman to write an article for the ‘Making Of’ section on this Blog – Where I’ve learned so much from, and which has always been a great source of inspiration for me.

ASTRIDHOF Residence is situated in a beautiful wooded surroundings in Belgium and designed by VEELAERT ARCHITECTEN.

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The design and positioning of the building is fully focused on the south-western open space. The building nestles as it were, against the tall tree line. It forms a continuous line with a slight bend based on the shape of the terrain with materialization and detailing that accentuates the strong horizontality of the building.

The architects strongly emphasized the need to show the integration of the design with the environment, making it part of the landscape as much as possible.

For this project I used :

Here are the exterior visuals made in this project :

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And interiors I’ve recently completed too :

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Basic Scene Setup

Here are the general scene setup settings I always use.

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Modeling

I arranged the plans inside 3dsmax to form a rig to which I can refer to in my modeling. My Units are set to “metric” and “centimeters”. It´s important to check the measurements of the plans to get the right scaling of the house.

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I used very simple and basic poly editing method for creating the model. I had to carefully put all the elements of each floor in different layers, so it would be easier to work on. The client asked me for interiors as well which made the use of layers even more handy.

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Below you can see the layer structure.

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Modeling with RailClone

For the glass railings on the balcony I used the time-saving plugin by iToo Software – RailClone. I just needed to create a spline, and attach the geometry. The design of the balcony changed twice during the time I was working on the project, and all I had to do is change the basic railing unit model and it all changed on the fly.

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I did the same for the terraces, creating several splines and attaching a stone segment to them. For a good tutorial about how to do this, visit the RailClone Parquet Flooring Tutorial.

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The biggest challenge was the wall cladding. Using a texture was out of the question because the Wooden Boards from Outdoor Wood Concept will show up multiple times and in close-ups.

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This is where RailClone really came to my rescue, allowing me to distribute the single wood elements adapting to any spline I gave it to follow.

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Lighting Setup

The scene setup is quite simple. Just a V-Ray Domelight with an HDRI texture from VizPeople for the global lighting.

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For the daylight scenario I needed to have full control over the shadows of all the trees falling on the building. To accomplish this I decided to use a targeted directional light, which was used as a sun.

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Camera Setup

Usually, I put up a bunch of different cameras based on a rough viewpoint idea to get some interesting frames. During the preparation of the project I already made some rough sketches for the images I had in mind. The compositions are mostly based on the dynamic perspectives of the building.

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Environment Setup

The next big challenge was the planting of the forest around the building. I used the marvelous Forest Pack Pro plugin by iToo Software (again) for scattering the vegetation with models mostly from R&D iCube.

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In order to have more variations of the textures and colors across the models, I used a color map in Forest Pack Pro. This unique feature allows you to create great looking and unlimited variations of color to the vegetation.

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I wanted the lawn-grass at the back to have the characteristic stripes, often seen when a lawnmower with a heavy roller is used. Again, I found a good tutorial about that on the iToo website – Forest Pack Football Field Tutorial.

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Texturing

For the north side of the building I needed a good-looking material for the bricks (Heylen Trading Bromo). I couldn’t find any good texture of this brick, so I decided to paint it myself in Photoshop, and used the new plugin Mighty Tiles Pro to create a large section of it to form the full bricks texture.

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Texturing with Mighty Tiles PRO

In this section I will give a brief introduction on the workflow of Mighty Tiles Pro, and what it is all about.

Mighty Tiles Pro is a plugin that creates procedural floor and wall textures (or any other type of element that can benefit from the procedural aspect).

I’ve started the material creation by selecting the Mighty Tiles Pro texture map after clicking on the diffuse slot to bring up the Material/Map Browser.

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Here you can choose between a vast amount of patterns, where you also define the width and the height of the tiles, in this case 21cm wide and 5cm high.

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Clicking (see image) on the “Tile set” button to bring up the “Tile set designer”.

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The process is easy with dragging & dropping single or multiple images or entire folders containing the images you want to import to the sidebar of Mighty Library.

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Drag & Drop them in the Tile sets.

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Finally, I’ve selected the tile set, and drop it in the Tile Set Designer.

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Now you can add a bump and reflection map, by selecting Mighty Tiles Pro Map Selector in the Material Map/Browser.

Here you select the map type for output. There are eight (8) different map types : Diffuse, Mask, Specular, Reflection, Bump details (Tiles), Displacement, Normals (Bump details & Displacement), Normals (Displacement only).

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The Wooden Boards

For this material I used a Blend Material made from a Wooden Board as “Base Material” and one dirt material as “Coat Material” and a black & white texture as the Dirt Mask to facilitate the blend.

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Render Setup

I usually render day time images with an Irradiance Map and Light Cache solution with moderate settings. I worked with gamma 2.2 color mapping which resulted in a lighter image with less contrast. It is easy to make the image darker, and increase contrast during the post production.

The final renders were intended to be in a commercial handout thus the resolution had to be high at 4000 pixels wide. All the images were rendered on 2 workstations with this configuration :

  • Motherboard Intel 79TO
  • Processor Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2 Ghz, 6 cores, 12 threads
  • Graphics card ASUS GTX TITAN-6GD5 6GB Memory

Post Production

I didn’t have to do very much postwork on any of the final renders. I have used a couple of render elements such as VRayRaw Reflection, VRayRawRefraction, VRayReflection, VRayTotalLighting, VRayWireColor, VRayZDepth and VrayExtraTexture as AO pass.

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here is an animated GIF sequence showcasing the stages of post-production :

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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and find something new or interesting to add to your workflow.

Thanks!

Patric Verstraete.

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