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January 8 2019

Go from a 3D model to a beautiful render in under 30 minutes

Only have 30 minutes before your renders are due? From the unique lean scene-building workflow to the assortment of one-click features and effects, Lumion 9 can help you communicate the beauty of your designs faster than any other 3D rendering program out there.


Not everything goes to plan, and when deadlines are sprung upon you, seemingly out of nowhere, it can be helpful to have the right tools.

For instance, imagine you’ve spent the past few weeks designing a new-build house for a meticulous client. You’ve finished all of the basic architectural drawings and you built a 3D model in SketchUp. But then, the senior architect comes up to you (her face is pale and you know something is troubling her) and exclaims, “The client just called and he will be here in 30 minutes. We need one decent render, ASAP!”

One option is to simply collapse like a marionette without strings, repeating “I give up…” Or, with the help of a 3D rendering tool like Lumion 9, you can sit back, relax and say, “Sounds good boss!”

December 10 2018

10 amazing new video tutorials for better, faster rendering in Lumion 9 (part 2)

To access the first five videos of the 10-part Lumion 9 tutorial series, including rendering lessons about objects, materials, context and weather, make sure to check out Part 1.

Lesson 6 — Creating Images

Lesson 6 demonstrates how to create absolutely breathtaking images in Photo Mode. Whether realistic or conceptual, creating amazing images of your 3D project requires just a few steps and can be done in minutes!

Lesson 7 — Creating Movies

Ever wanted to sit in the director’s chair? In Lesson 7, you’ll learn how quick and easy it is to create cinematic, fully amazing animations. Capture the hearts and minds of your audience, and discover the impact that animated renders can have on your clients!

Lesson 8 — Creating 360 Panoramic Images

Immerse yourself into the beauty of your 3D projects. In Lesson 8, you’ll learn how to create outstanding panoramic images right in Lumion. Whether for the Oculus Go, HTC Vive, you can quickly create 360° images and transport your clients to the heart of your designs.

Lesson 9 — Using Lights

Shadows, Hyperlight, Sky Light, oh my! In Lesson 9, you’ll learn how to quickly create light objects and use lighting features and effects to capture the real beauty of your 3D project.

Lesson 10 — Animating Objects

Truly bring some life and energy into your Lumion 9 videos! In Lesson 10, you’ll discover how to animate objects in your Lumion scene, including cars, people, birds, the sun, doors opening, and clouds.

Capture the beauty of your design, without losing a second of your time

With the right guidance, mastering Lumion doesn’t require too much time, and these 10 lessons can be applied to whatever project you might be working on, from residential to interiors to landscapes and more.

Looking to add Lumion 9 to your architectural and design workflows? If so, you can upgrade to Lumion 9 or buy a new license here.

December 10 2018

10 amazing new video tutorials for better, faster rendering in Lumion 9 (part 1)

Learn helpful tips and tricks to quicken your rendering workflows, and pull the most power out of Lumion for heightening the beauty and effectiveness of your renders.

Whether you’re a new user or you’ve been around since Lumion 1, you can improve your rendering processes with 10 new video tutorials covering everything from importing a 3D model to animating objects. You can look at them as the A to Z of Lumion functionality. New users will be given the complete Lumion walkthrough, and existing users will undoubtedly find some new tips and tricks.

Below, you can find the 10 new tutorials available on our YouTube channel, where there are heaps of other tutorials, beautiful rendered videos and more!

Lesson 1 — Getting Started and Importing a Model

In the first video lesson, you’ll learn how to navigate the new, speed-focused interface and instantly import your 3D model from your favorite modeling software.

Lesson 2 — Adding Objects

In Lumion 9 Pro, you can complete your scenes with over 5,000 objects in the content library, including trees, cars, decorations for interiors and exteriors, people and so much more! In Lesson 2, you’ll learn about the content library and how it can help you quickly and effectively create full environments and interiors.

Lesson 3 — Applying and Modifying Materials

Beautiful materials have the ability to transform bland 3D models into realistic, stunning buildings and structures. In Lesson 3, you’ll learn everything you need to know to effectively, and efficiently, apply and modify Lumion materials.

Lesson 4 — Creating Context

Context is crucial when communicating the intent of your designs. In Lesson 4, you’ll learn how you can quickly and effectively create beautiful context around your 3D designs. From urban centers to enthralling forests, you’ll be creating jaw-dropping context in no time!

Lesson 5 — Modifying the Weather

To truly capture your 3D project in its best possible light, then you need to know how to effectively modify the weather conditions in Lumion. In Lesson 5, you’ll learn how to quickly change the weather in Lumion to get the ideal environment for your design.

To continue with the 10-part Lumion lessons series, including videos tutorials on images, movies, panoramas, lights and animating objects, head over to part 2.

November 26 2018

Lumion 9 feature spotlight: customizable 3D grasses and furry materials

Gardens, parks and lawns. Blankets, rugs and other textiles. See how the customizable 3D grasses and furry materials can help ground viewers to the reality of your design.


In Lumion 9 Pro, the new customizable 3D grass* and furry materials* can transport your audience right into the heart of your design. For sprawling lawns, gardens, parks and more, the 3D grass materials highlight the look and the “feeling” of your exterior landscapes, all while heightening beauty and providing a sense of the design’s real-life location.


The same goes for the new fur materials. Whether it’s a blanket, a rug, bedsheets or even a stuffed animal, such as a teddy bear, the new 3D fur material adds a softness and a charm that immediately communicates a feeling your audience is familiar with.


In this blog post, we’ll take you through the innovative new material features in Lumion 9 Pro — Customizable 3D Grass and Furry Materials  — and we’ll show how they can pull viewers into the world you’ve created while suspending their sense of disbelief.

No matter the intent of your render, the new 3D grass and fur materials can help convey the real-life atmosphere of a space and communicate the essential points of your design.

November 13 2018

Lumion 9 feature spotlight: Real Skies and Atmospheric Rain and Snow

A combination of beautiful Real Skies, Sky Light 2 and atmospheric rain and snow heighten the “living” look of the environments surrounding your designs.


Location, location, location…

It may be an old, overused cliche but there’s definitely some truth to it in the architectural world. Buildings are inseparable from their locations, and when communicating your design to the outside world, making sure the viewer understands the design’s context is everything.

Something as simple as the look of the sky can act as an anchor, grounding you to the reality of your project’s environment. Weather such as rain and snow beautifully demonstrates how your design will endure through both climate and season.


Renders of the luxury city apartment throughout the year.