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Architecture Visualization Resources

All the things you need in one place!

“Hunter House” – Best of Week 10/2018 by The Boundary featuring Quixel for ArchViz use.

Prize Pool Winner

I’m very happy to announce that the Prize Pool winner is – Diego Irigoyen!

During the 2018 ArchViz BlackFriday to CyberMonday we had a Prize Pool for one of you who shared this page to win.

The Partners

Partners in PINK offer special pricing! Since the end time per each depends on time zones – some might be already off even if pink.

I’m very happy to feature so many partners operating in the architectural visualization industry with software, content and training I use myself and in my studio.

Clicking on the tiles will take you to the relevant partner further down the page. When there is a special price, the logo will be PINK!

The Themes
For your convenience, and based on past surveys, I’ve organized the resources into topical themes for contextual and easy browsing and shopping.
This resource website becomes the go-to site all year round for architectural visualization & rendering resources with special actions during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Blog Birthday, Spring Sale and special updates and releases by the partners!
Landscape & Vegetation
The GREEN theme! All that you need to scatter great looking trees and plants in your scenes, as well as in post-production, with cut-out trees, if you so choose.
2d & 3d People
Add people easily to your images and animations using ANIMA and 3d people from AXYZ Design. More partners will cover your 2d people cut-out needs.
3d Models & Modeling
Each project calls for lots of items and modeling it all from scratch might be too much. You’ll find here 3d models of everything and tools for parametric 3d modeling.
Textures & Materials
Get textures and pre-made materials as well as creation tools from leading partners in our industry.
HDRI & Lighting
Put things in a great light using HDRI 360 skies from leading partners such a PG SKIES and many more.
Rendering and VR / Realtime
Grab render engines and VR creation and sharing tools to showcase your work better, in real-time too.

Training

Level up by learning from the best! Explore various courses about how to use software and techniques.

Landscape & Vegetation

All the things you need to populate your scenes with great looking trees and plants. You’ll find here 3d models of vegetation, 2d cut-outs, scattering plugins, textures and more.

“The Lake” – Thomas Vournazos, Slashcube. Featuring Laubwerk Plants Kit 13.

Laubwerk Plants Kits

Laubwerk Plant Kits 1.0.27 is an important update for users of Trimble SketchUp, MAXON Cinema 4D, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya. Download the latest update from our website and benefit from the improvements!

    “The Lake” – Thomas Vournazos, Slashcube. Featuring Laubwerk Plants Kit 13 and the use of SurfaceSpread.

    iToo Software

    IToo Software, founded in 1999 in Spain, is a 3D software developing company, and creators of Forest Pack and Rail Clone, plugins for Autodesk® 3DS Max® and 3DS Max Design®. Thier main objective is customer satisfaction and providing high-quality software with personalized support which I’m very happy to say they do!

    Forest Pack

    Forest Pack is the world’s most popular scattering plugin for 3ds Max®. It provides a complete solution for creating vast areas of objects, from trees and plants to buildings, crowds, aggregates, ground-cover, rocks and more. If you can model it, Forest Pack can scatter it.

    The3dGarden Collections

    The3dGarden is an exclusive range of high-quality tree and foliage models that are only available from iToo Software.

    All the collections are designed to be fully integrated with Forest Pack. After installation, assets are immediately available in the Forest Pack library manager with materials for V-Ray and Corona Renderer to make quickly populating your scenes as easy as possible.

    3dmentor Trees & Plants

    3dmentor offers one of the most extensive 3d vegetation catalogs. Crafted with GrowFX by Konstantin Kim, you’ll find trees of all kinds, shrubs, flowers, grass and more.

    Vegetation from VIZPARK

    Save 40% on all VIZPARK bundles. Get trees, grass, flowers, boulders and scanned grounds to make the next landscape you build perfect! Visit VIZPARK now or pick one of the items below. The models are provided as single 3D Models, GrowFX versions and as Forest Pack Presets.

    BlackFriday 40%-50% Discount / No coupon needed.

    Image by Gianno Melis Gerets featuring VIZPARK assets.

    GrowFX by Exlevel

    Exlevel™ is the creator of GrowFX, the go-to plants modeling and animation system for 3ds Max®. It is pretty safe to so that all 3d plants provided by the other partners are made with GrowFX, so if you want to be able to use the source, customize it or create new vegetation… this is the time to do it!

    Image by Konstantin Kim from 3dmentor the makers of HDPlants

    MAXTREE

    Maxtree assets are amongst the most popular in ArchViz these days, with a steady stream of updates – Most recently introducing the Cactus & Bamboo collections!

    Get trees, grass, flowers, and shrubs to make the next landscape you build perfectly! The models are provided as single 3D Models, GrowFX versions and as Forest Pack Presets.

    Skatter for SketchUp

    Skatter is the most powerful scattering extension for SketchUp. Render huge amounts of vegetation, quickly populate city blocks, create parametric assemblies, crowds, carpets, grass, you name it… all right inside SketchUp!

    No special sale currently, but even at 99€ it is a steal!.

    Image by David Santos

    Polyget

    Make your visualizations come to life with Polyget high quality animated foliage. Realistic plants, animated & with photo scanned textures. 10+ species with 80+ variations in High and low poly counts. GrowFX files included.

    Elements by darstellungsart

    High quality trees and grass for 3dsmax and Cinema 4D.

    2d & 3d People

    Never easy to add to stills and animation, but sure takes it to the next level when done right. Here you’ll find 3d & 2d assets as well as plugins to manage them all.

    AXYZ Design ANIMA & 3d People Assets

    ANIMA 3.0 Population Tool for 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, and Unreal Engine. Anima is the fastest stand-alone character population and animation application developed specifically for 3d artists, architects, and designers. Create stunning renders and 3d animation populated with realistic 3d people in less time.

    Image by AXYZ Design

    Human Alloy 3d People

    Up to 50% discount for among the best looking 3D people within the industry. Check out our special Black Friday discounts.

    Interior Design & Art Direction & Visualization (CGI) : Talcik&Demovicova

    2d Cut Out People by MrCutOut

    You’ll find thousands of professional, high-resolution, 100% legal cutouts of people, vegetation, and vehicles on MrCutOut. Finish your image in post-production in minutes.

    Viz-People

    The ultimate quality of cut out people and 3D Models. Source of solutions for every Arch-Viz designer.

    Image by Viz People.

    2d Cut Out People by VIShopper

    A great selection of cut out 2d to populate your still images in post-production. You can also find 2d trees and 2d trees and plants on VIShopper.

    Image by Pictury featuring VIShopper assets.

    3d Models & Modeling

    Each project calls for lots of items and modeling it all from scratch might be too much. You’ll find here 3d models of furniture, lighting fixtures and other important equipment.

    RailClone

    RailClone is the world’s most powerful artist-friendly parametric modeling plugin for 3ds Max®. Its unique array-based approach to asset creation is fast, efficient, and easy-to-learn. RailClone is unlike other parametric tools. Create objects by distributing and manipulating geometry created using standard modeling techniques – if you can model in Max, you can create procedural objects with RailClone.

    model+model

    model+model are offering 3d models for architectural visualization for a long time now, keeping high-quality levels and attention to detail. You should also check out their Bookmanager and ReDeform scripts for 3dsmax! 

    Image model+model featuring the use of Bookmanager version 2.

    The Boundary Store – New Releases!

    Learn The Boundary workflow with complete scenes, models, textures & lighting/camera setups and develop skills which will push The Boundary of your 3D capabilities.

    Image by Joana Maduro @ The Boundary.

    3d Collections by EVERMOTION

    EVERMOTION has been there since before I got started with Architectural Visualization and they keep providing an enormous amount of assets you can use in your daily work. Furniture, Lights, Trees, Shrubs, Cars, Equipment and full interior and exterior scenes!

    Image by Evermotion.

    CGAXIS

    CGAxis is your definitive resource of photorealistic high-quality 3D models, textures and HDRI maps. Plants, furniture, architecture, electronics, food, decorations and many more. Instantly downloadable 24/7.

    Complete 11 is available now for just $39 (discounted from reg. $499) in the next 7 days (until December 7th).

    Complete 11 contains over 76 GB of content such as hundreds of new 3D models, five full ready to render exterior scenes, 100 textures of stones, over 100 high-quality HDR images of skies.

    Bentanji

    Online marketplace offering extremely high quality of 3d models like furniture, plants, clothing, lightings, casual objects, and many others.

    30% Discount / No coupon needed. Runs until DEC 9th 2018.

    Image by Tomek Michalski www.tomekmichalski.com

    Triangle From

    Triangle Form store’s goal is to provide high quality products that will make job of 3D graphic artists, designers and architects more comfortable. All models are compatible with programs such as: 3ds max, Cinema 4d, V-Ray, Corona Renderer. Formats .obj and .fbx facilitate importing 3D models from other programs. The collections consist of 21 high-quality models. Due to a relatively small number of models in the collection, they are of the highest quality.

    Image by Tomek Michalski www.tomekmichalski.com

    FlexPack PRO

    FlexTools offers responsive SketchUp Modeling tools! Architects and 3D artists use FlexTools to generate SketchUp doors, windows and more, with exceptional levels of speed and control.

    Textures & Materials

    Probably the most important aspect to get photoreal results for your renders. I have gathered here assets and plugins that will help you up your game. Reuse them, tweak them, create your own.

    Quixel for ArchViz

    For businesses specializing primarily in architectural visualization.

    On DEC 6th, 2018, Quixel has unveiled the ArchViz Program as more and more artists in ArchViz have started using Megascans extensively over the past year. They now finally introduce a license made just for ArchViz, developed in close collaboration with yours truly. It allows you to work on an unlimited amount of projects per year, and the entire Megascans library has been meticulously curated and trimmed to be as relevant as possible. Read more about the new plan and grab your license by clicking the button below.

     

    “As early adopters of Megascans it has long been our go-to resource for all natural landscaping needs in a full CG environment. With this already extremely comprehensive library increasing in size and diversity to cover almost all conceivable areas in both natural and man-made environments it has now become an invaluable tool across all types of project employed daily in The Boundary workflow.”

    Henry Goss RIBA / Director, THE BOUNDARY.

    Best of Week Image “Hunter House” by The Boundary

    “Hunter House” – Best of Week 10/2018 by The Boundary features use of Megascans as well as RD-TEXTURES.

    Real Displacement Textures

    RD-TEXTURES invented new technologies for the next generation of design and art. Using their assets can improve the quality of your digital productions while making your workflows faster and easier.

    Textures & Plugins by VIZPARK

    All Walls Bundle is a bundle of 75 highly detailed brick wall and stone floor textures for architectural visualization. Each of the 75 texture sets includes multi-textures with several single brick / stone variations with diffuse, bump, displacement, reflection and alpha-mask layers, plus 4k tileable textures for us in any 3D application. VIZPARK has more textures to offer besides this!

    Image by Daniel Reuterswaerd, using Omni Tiles.

    Friendly Shade Scanned Materials

    The world is big, and so are Friendly Shade textures! Our premiere bundle features scans from all over the world. From the mountains of Machu Picchu and the cities of Colombia, the beaches of Florida and the streets of Serbia, We don’t leave aside any awesome texture that will elevate your project to the next level.

    Bundle 01 & Fabric 01

    Two great bundles to choose from!

    Lighting

    All the hard work you do means nothing if the lighting is wrong! Get the best HDRI’s from the most popular providers in the market.

    PG SKIES by Peter Guthrie

    The GOLD STANDARD of HDRI’s for Architectural Visualization by Peter Guthrie. A growing collection of 360 degrees panoramic high dynamic range (HDR) sky maps for use in all types of CG rendering. Carefully selected to be useful as well as beautiful.

    HDRI Skydomes by VIZPARK

    HDRI Complete is the full collection of all 30 panoramic 360° images in HDR and EXR format to be used as a spherical environment in 3d scenes. The exposure images were taken with a Canon MK5 camera at Berlin-Tempelhof in Germany and London, UK. You can also get the individual packs I, II or III.

    Mediterranean Light

    A superb collection of HDRI sets captured from sunrise to sunset, as well as light and cloud cover curated by the Spanish 3d artist David Brufau.

    Rendering

    The main aspect of architectural visualization, Photorealistic or Not. Get render engines, farm credits, and VR / Real-time tools as well.

    theViewer 

    #1 Platform for VR Tours from your renders. Used by studios like The Boundary, Recent Spaces and many more.

    Sample VR tour by The Boundary

    Corona Renderer v3 Released!

    Powerful, intuitive, affordable – Corona Renderer v3 for 3dsmax is the high-performance (un)biased photorealistic renderer used by many top ArchViz studios.

    We use Corona Renderer at The Craft

    Corona Renderer is the main render engine at The Craft for the past year plus!

    With less focus on settings in favor or an artist-friendly approach we found ourselves getting back to basics and focusing on what makes an image great.

    See more of what we do on The Craft Behance Page.

    Training

    Never stop learning! You can always learn a new skill or improve one.

    CreativeLive

    Get ready to harness the power of Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop® for professional quality photos. From selections to masking to layers, you can sharpen your skills and streamline your post-processing workflow. Now’s the perfect time to reach your full creative potential and grow.

    Learn from award-winning photography veterans across the industry including Dan Brouillette, Lisa Carney, RC Concepcion, Tim Cooper, Dave Cross, Liza Gershman, Mat Hayward, Gregory Heisler, Jason Hoppe, Mike Kelley, Matt Kloskowski, Daniel Kudish, Jared Platt, Khara Plicanic, Simon Raible, Jesús Ramirez, Blake Rudis, Kristina Sherk, Colin Smith, Caroline Tran, and Ben Willmore.

    Fstoppers

    Fstoppers has some amazing video tutorials by photography proffesionals. Most notable is Mike Kelley’s “Where Art Meets Architecture” Architectural Photography Training collections 1, 2 & 3.

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