Tools of the Trade
Architecture Visualization Resources
Cover image by Graswald. The best way to create nature in Blender.
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I’m happy to welcome Grawald to the resources page! Graswald is a professional high-quality asset pack containing different species of weeds, grass, and moss as well as various kinds of debris, packed in a powerful blender add-on that allows incredible customization (also comes with Asset Library option for all other platforms).
Partners in PINK offer special pricing! Could be a new product release or discount for example…
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!
World-class models for world-class environments. Graswald plants are more than just 3D models. They have been carefully drawn up on the basis of scientific knowledge and inherit the iconic characteristics of their real-life counterparts.
Use the Graswald plants to their full potential with the Blender Add-on Graswald Pro. With smart materials that allow for incredible customization, fast and easy selecting and importing, various ways of optimizing, and even integrated physics, crafting beautiful environments in minutes is easy. And if you’re not a blender artist, you can buy the Asset Library and import the models and textures into any application you want.
LAUBWERK + SurfaceSPREAD v2!
The newest version of our Laubwerk Plants Kits product line features exclusive updates and improvements for our Autodesk users. Download the latest free update from our website and enjoy the improvements!
Highlights of the Plant Kit 1.0.30 update include exclusive improvements for our Autodesk users:
- Cinema 4D: Added R21 support, improved material specular component for most renderers
- SketchUp: Improved material specular component for V-Ray, fixed a bug that caused SketchUp to crash when rendering models containing plants removed from the user’s plant library
- 3ds Max: Improved material specular component for most renderers
- Maya: Improved material specular component for most renderers.
“Laubwerk’s 3D foliage assets are some of our favorites. The smart asset type and the plugin to use it is a powerful one! Less intensive on viewport performance, while allowing for fast variations, seasonal control, and level of detail for far-away trees and shrubs. For us, the fact we can use the same assets inside SketchUp is a BIG PLUS!“
– Ronen Bekerman / Co-Founder & General Manager, The Craft.
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!
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.
VP COMPLETE is an extensive collection of 3D models, textures, HDRI’s and tools for architectural visualization. Over 600 high-quality 3D models, 100 texture sets, 40 HDRI’s and procedural texture tools for Windows and 3Ds Max are included to serve many needs for environment creation and decoration. VP COMPLETE bundles 20 products and saves you an incredible 70% compared to the prices of the included single products.
Image by Massi San
MAXTREE – GrowFX 3d Trees & Plants
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.
Plant Models Vol 49 RELEASED and is 25% OFF until April 13th, 2020. This is a collection of high-quality 3D Tree models. Includes 10 species, total 60 models.
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!
2d & 3d People
AXYZ Design ANIMA & 3d People Assets
ANIMA 3.5 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.
Viz-People (and more).
The ultimate quality of cut out people and 3D Models. Source of solutions for every Arch-Viz designer.
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.
Humano – Natural-looking 3d People
Humano are collections of natural-looking posed 3d People, that will save your time, enrich your images & make your work easier, faster and more enjoyable. Made with love for digital beauty!
3d Models & Modeling
FlexTools for SketchUp
Responsive SketchUp 3d Modeling
Architects and 3D artists use the FlexTools platform to generate SketchUp doors, windows, and other architectural elements, with exceptional levels of speed and control!
With the release of version 4, RailClone is the artist-friendly parametric modeling and spline-cloning plugin for 3ds Max you always dreamed of. It’s unlike any other tool on the market. Objects are created simply by assembling, repeating and manipulating existing geometry using an easy-to-define set of rules. If you can model in Max, you can create procedural objects with RailClone. Choose from hundreds of built-in presets, adapt existing objects by adding your own geometry, or even create your own from scratch using RailClone’s easy-to-understand visual editor.
Beautiful and concise 3D assets for design. Provides artists with a more inspiring creative inspiration.
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!
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.
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.
High quality, photorealistic & production-ready 3D models & 3D scans for Archviz professionals. 3DBee.IT gives you full integration with DCC allowing drag & drop and automatic material creation.
Textures & Materials
Check out these BELIEVABLE interior textures from Texture Supply. Huge, high-quality, meticulously tiled scans – including the imperfections that will bring your images even closer to reality. Why not check out the 38K herring-bone Floor 001, the fully seamless Veneer 001 or the groundbreaking Hand Towel 001? And we’re just getting started…
30% OFF until December 6th. Use the code BLACK.
Megascans by Quixel
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
Real Displacement Textures
Real-Displacement-Textures offers some of the most detailed materials based on real 3D-scans – check it out!
40% OFF Live now until December 8th! Use code bf-2019
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.
Bundle 01 & Fabric 01
Two great bundles to choose from!
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.
Be sure to check out the new V5 Skies!
We use Corona Renderer at The Craft
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.
Pulze – A Software Family!
Pulze plugins are designed for Architectural Visualization professionals by Brick Visual. These next generation tools are providing an easy to use and intuitive working environment for an efficient and even enjoyable workflow. To replace outdated VFX based solutions, Pulze offers industry specific tools for the next generation of users: architects, 3D artists and visual artists.
Simplifies post-production tasks in Photoshop and allows for a consistent end result.
Post Manager takes care of the technical details of post-production, so you can focus on being creative. Create clean and well-organized Photoshop files and keep them updated throughout the life-cycle of your projects.
A logical interface that makes working with heavy scenes in 3ds Max a breeze.
Scene Manager is an intuitive time saver for 3D Artists and Architects. Scene Manager collects all important settings that are scattered throughout in 3ds Max and brings them together in a unified interface.
State of Art Academy
SOA Academy is the leading Architectural Visualization school in the Industry. A place where students can experiment and fully understand all the issues underlying Archviz, developing their technical and artistic skills helped by Senior Artists. SOA Academy is the best place to learn the Art of Architectural Visualization.
ANSWER YOUR CREATIVE CALLING
Master your craft, your passion, or something new with creative classes taught by the world’s best.
All Fstoppers tutorials are 30% off!
Get up to 60% off when you purchase multiple tutorials together*.
VALID UNTIL APRIL 10th, 2020.
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- Save 30% when you buy 1
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This includes also Mike Kelley’s Ultimate Sky Library and Sky Replacement Tutorial!
Mike Kelley teaches nine educational lessons on how to replace the sky in almost any photograph. In addition, anyone who purchases the tutorial will have royalty-free access to use over 200 raw sky image files provided with the download.
Topaz Gigapixel AI
Beautiful photo (or render) enlargements using Machine Learning! Enlarge images without losing detail. Upscaling up to 600% potentially saving time on rendering at high-rez.
25% OFF XMAS promo until DEC 27th!