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Architecture Visualization Resources

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All the tools you need to create amazing visualizations. If you know about other tools not shown here, or you create one – let me know!

The Partners

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!

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.


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.


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.

Image by Martin Kovacik using Graswald Pro


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.

“101 Erica’s Lane House” – Artwork by The Craft, using SketchUp, 3ds Max, Corona Renderer, and Laubwerk Plants Kits.

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

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!

Image by Sergio Mereces featuring Forest Pack

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.


Get trees, shrubs, grass, flowers, boulders and scanned grounds to make the next landscape you build perfectly! 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. Now also available for Sketchup.

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.

Created by Łukasz Brzozowski / WIZARD PRODUCTION using trees, shrubs, boulders and grass from VIZPARK

GrowFX v2.0 Released – 30% OFF!

GrowFX is a Plants Modeling & Animation System for 3ds Max. 

Also, the plugin allows customizing any animation, such as the wind effect or the growth of plants from seeds. GrowFX allows implementing any ambitious idea of animated vegetation.!

Image by Massi San

MAXTREE – GrowFX 3d Trees & Plants

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.

Plant Models Vol 60 RELEASED and is 25% OFF until August 3rd, 2020. This is a collection of high-quality 3D Tree models. Includes 10 species, total 60 models.

NEW RELEASE: Plant Models Vol 60

A collection of high-quality 3D tree models for architectural visualization. Includes 10 species, total 60 models. Comes as FBX, 3dsmax Mesh and GrowFX.

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!

Image by Darchviz


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.

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 3.5 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.

Image by Pavel Huerta. 

Viz-People (and more).

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

Image by Viz People.

Image by Viz People.

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!

Image by Humano.

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 VIShopper.


CYLIND.SPACE – is a new cutout content service from CYLIND Studio. Get access to the constantly growing library, which has already had 1500 objects. CYLIND.SPACE – A Cutout library to power your creativity.


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.

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!

Image by FactoryFifteen featuring RailClone 4


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.


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!

 30% OFF using code RONEN-BF19 starting NOV 29th!

Balance Connected

Beautiful and concise 3D assets for design. Provides artists with a more inspiring creative inspiration.

Image by Cloves Chen.


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! 

Evermotion 15th Anniversary Collection – Get it for FREE!


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

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


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.

Image by Tomas Sobol

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.

Texture Supply

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.

“Hide In Rock” Image by Ewelina Lekka.

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

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

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.

Friendly Shade Scanned Materials

We’re changing the way artists are creating new worlds. Friendly Shade always strives for the best quality and, this time Bundle 02 raises the bar even higher!

Included materials as bonus content for V-Ray, Corona Renderer, and FStorm for a limited time!

Bundle 01 & Fabric 01

Two great bundles to choose from!


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 Relaunched! 

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.

All skies have now updated to v5 which feature the following improvements that have been made over the years :

  • Horizon clutter cleaned up (Buildings, Cranes and other things on the skyline).
  • Backplates in RAW format added (dng).
  • Corrected sun intensities to be more realistic as it is not possible to shoot a hdr and capture the full dynamic range of the sun.
  • Resolutions have increased over the years, from 8k, to 10k and lately 14k.
  • v5 has been a significant update to calibrate the brightness of the hdr files to the correct photographic exposure value.


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


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

Video by The Boundary & Recent Spaces.

Corona Renderer Summer Sale!

Powerful, intuitive, affordable – Corona Renderer 5 (soon 6 is out) for 3ds Max and for Cinema 4D – do more, faster! 

20% off 1st year of a yearly FairSaaS license! Use discount code RBSUMMER20 at checkout.

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.

The Boxer House by The Craft

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.


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

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.



Master your craft, your passion, or something new with creative classes taught by the world’s best.

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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.

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    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.

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