Lumion… We meet again! In the previous AT WORK post, I took the Amazon Lumberyard Bistro for a spin after seeing that being used as part of the Lumion 8 marketing material. In the past week, I decided to take that new version for a good spin. First, using one of the example scenes it comes bundled with and then with the MMF House project we recently completed the usual way with Corona Renderer. This is an early test, but I would love to know what you think about this.
This article is more of a log of what I did in the past week showing the images and not diving into the actual Lumion UI. That might follow, or injected into this article later.
To begin with, I revisited the Farnsworth House that comes bundled with Lumion 8. My aim was to dive in straight away and see what I can get out of the box.
Say hello to the first frame…
This was done using the Realistic Style preset. Far better than the output in previous versions I tested, but not there yet. I took this image to Photoshop for some adjustments and got this one below.
With that in mind and sight, I went back to Lumion to adjust the preset so I get something similar.
Much better! While it is still hard to gauge the final look based on what you see in the viewport, the speed of render compensates for it, and I could get the settings I wanted and save it for reuse.
Here are a few more shots from this scene.
For that one on the right, I was not happy about the background look & feel as well as how the trees looked. I focused on the tree line and played with the sky, clouds and fog settings to get this image below.
With that locked in, I went back to the house and saved this frame and then did some post-production on it too!
The Raw Output :
And after Post-Production :
And as usual… a black and white version!
And a crop I like…
MMF House Meets Lumion
The MMF House is a project we finished at The Craft – Architectural Visualization Studio recently using Corona Renderer and all the usual things. A one-story private house with a large garden and pool, ideal for a spin with Lumion. Below is one image from the original set.
First thing was to get the MMF House into an FBX file. Clean model. Just the architecture. The furniture was saved separately to be imported alongside the house. I skipped the vegetation completely as this was going to be done inside Lumion.
First, a quick check render!
And then with furniture added. NO MATERIALS! I did not address that issue yet.
Dropping some trees and fog and I got this…
Jumping a bit further (minutes further), and this is the result of gardening.
At this point, I started to explore the water material so I can get a bluish clear pool and also adjust the overall lighting and color.
From this point on I just kept exploring view and fine tune the settings of the rendering so things look better in my eyes. Most of you have seen the following images on the Blog’s Facebook Group.
Some RAW renders first.
Very good results I think, straight out of Lumion. And you can animate that too!
And for the stills, I just had to do some post to get them up to par and style.
What do I think?
Lumion 8 sure seems to be a tool to take a look at. I’m very happy with the results in terms of the visual. This could fit a lot of case uses. Considering it from a professional pipeline standpoint – The jury is still out on this one. I will need to do more testing and see how Lumion works with 3rd party assets and applications before I can make that call.
One thing I’m 100% sure about – I had lots of FUN doing this test 😉
What do you think?
Let me know in the comments section, ok?
Until next time,
be good, do good, and enjoy The ArchViz BlackFriday!