3D Step by Step: How the Best Renders are Created

Like any product, creating a render has its sequence. If you are interested in outsourcing architectural visualizations or are already using this service, you may be interested in how the 3D visualization team works. We are ready to tell you about the stages of the process of creating photorealistic renders.

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Creating 3D visualization is a process that requires the artist to have not only technical skills but also abstract imagination, ability to analyze, artistic vision, and a sense of style. If it seems to you that this work lacks creativity, then it is quite the opposite. And we’re ready to prove it to you.

So, what precedes the moment when you as a customer receive architectural visualizations, or an implemented 3D design render? If everything is agreed upon, the project is approved, and the documentation is signed, work on visualizations begins. The first step becomes…

1. Overview of the scope of work

Each project begins with the team receiving a scope of work and materials you provide for its implementation. It should contain all your requirements as well as visual links. You should not neglect this step, as the materials are sent to give more understanding between you and the performer. For your part, try to indicate as much detail as possible and send all the necessary materials to the developers. It includes drawings, 3D models (if you have them), specification of furniture and materials, desired lighting and time of day/time of year, background images, future project geolocation, aerial imagery (if required), etc.

It is also helpful if you submit photos like general mood, lighting, and color scheme as an example. It will help developers better understand which images you want to see in the final result.

2. 3D Modeling

At this point, the 3D artist sets up the scene lighting, and then superimposes the textures and materials to all the elements in the scene according to your specification. After that, the project begins to look like something close to reality. Bricks become bricks, stones become stones, textiles look like textiles. Obviously, the image is getting lighter, but CGI professionals still have much to work on.

4. Adding details and rendering

At this stage of the project, all secondary details are added to create the necessary environment. all these details “revitalize” the picture and make it look more realistic. And finally, when everything falls into place, the rendering process begins. It’s completely computer-executable, so the only thing you can do at this point is to wait.


5. Post-production

When the 3D render is ready, the 3D visualizer adds finishing touches in Photoshop. It usually includes color correction and contrast. These details make the render so that it cannot be distinguished from the photo. After that, the execution process can be considered completed and ready for transfer to the customer.

Of course, a manager works with you throughout your work and keeps you informed about the project and how it is progressing. They will also agree with you on intermediate stages of development, make corrections as necessary, and agree on current issues. But in general, the implementation process on the part of the team of 3D artists takes place in the same way.

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