5 Must Haves for a Good Rendering

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  1. Photography:

Photos for a rendering need to be taken differently. They must be taken with your goal and desired result in mind. Remember – if an object if going to be added or subtracted to the photo, you want to capture all views around the object.

  1. Materials:

When building a model to render from, be aware of what materials are needed to make the model.  If the exterior is tan brick, then tan brick should be used.  Scale to the correct size.  Once this is done, finish the material using the texture and pattern that matches the materials image.

  1. Entourage:

It is very important to add entourage into all renderings.  This makes the renders feel more alive.  Adding people in the space and cars in the parking lot or road gives context. There are many ways to add people, from silhouettes to realistic photos. For added realism, use shadowing to highlight the activity and space.

  1. Vegetation:

Vegetation must be added to the site, or if already in the immediate vicinity must be shown.  Add the vegetation before hitting render to make sure the render is both accurate and shows your building correctly.

  1. Topography:

Topography is important to accuracy!  This allows us to create realistic views for both vegetation and entourage.

Why do we render? It allows our designers to effectively convey ideas and project steps – whether it is to the project owner, a zoning board, a shareholder, or prospective tenants. A picture is truly worth a thousand words!

Let us know if JL Architects can help you realize your dreams & goals!

Alex Schleicher, Architectural Designer