The best way to communicate architecture
A great presentation is one of the best ways to engage your client. Thanks to Lumion it is now possible to easily and quickly create top quality presentations yourself. Design professionals all over the world use Lumion as their solution for fast, impressive images and flythrough videos. Acclaimed for its simple workflow, ease of use and ultra fast rendering, Lumion is already used by 51 of the top 100 architecture companies.
Elegant software made for Architects
Lumion is visualization software for architects. It fits perfectly into your existing workflow and allows you to quickly turn your 3D CAD designs into videos, images and online 360 presentations. You can breathe life into your design by adding environment, materials, lighting, objects, foliage and compelling effects. Lumion is easy to master and easy to use, so creating impressive visualizations is no longer exclusively for 3D experts.
Lumion allows you to spend more time improving your designs and interacting with your clients, and less time preparing and waiting for renders. Seamless interoperability with virtually any CAD package caters for fast design iterations and model changes. Ultra fast rendering allows you to quickly show your designs to your customers.
New in Lumion 6
Image quality is what distinguishes a great presentation from a good one. That’s why materials, reflections, shadows and lighting have been taken to a new level in Lumion 6. These features and hundreds of other improvements have been enabled by a major overhaul of Lumion’s render engine. The results are now more compelling and realistic than ever. Discover some of the exciting new features below.
Glass is widely used in architecture and good visualizations require that it is rendered accurately. Glass rendering in Lumion Pro 6 has taken a giant leap forward. The PureGlass® technology gives you access to transparent, translucent or frosted glass that looks more compelling and realistic than ever.
Without good reflections it is impossible to create good looking glass, water, marble, wood or metal surfaces. Materials come to life with realistic reflections. Speedray™ Reflections offer the opportunity to massively improve image quality with little extra render time. In Lumion Pro 6 reflective surfaces are automatically improved at the flick of a switch.
Subtle light variations often make the difference between a natural image and an artificial one. In real life the color of materials is the result of the complex way light bounces between surfaces. Hyperlight® 2 calculates the light on surfaces eight times more accurately compared with Hyperlight®, a new technology first introduced in Lumion Pro 5. In Lumion Pro 6, additional light is scattered over long distances and extra detail is visible at short distances.
Good shadows are an essential requirement for good looking images. Important visual cues about geometry and structure are lost without it. Leave out this type of shadow and objects will look like they are not really part of the scene. The new OmniShadow™ technology enhances small details and makes models feel more solid, through better looking shadows. They provide you with the feeling that an object is grounded and looks in place in the scene. Lumion 6 now features OmniShadow™ for improved results in both small and large scale scenes.
Improved Materials Surfaces
Materials are a fundamental part of any architectural design. In Lumion 6, physically based modelling of materials now more accurately simulates the natural roughness present on surfaces. As a result, reflections and the general appearance of surfaces look more realistic. This is especially noticeable on cloth materials, rubber, wood, characters, landscape and floor surfaces.
Wet-looking asphalt is a subtle effect which has a subconscious impact on the onlooker and which can convey an additional sense of both realism and artistry. For example, parking lots or large open areas can be transformed if they look a little wet, as though it has just stopped raining. In Lumion 6, the addition of a new wet asphalt material makes it incredibly simple to inject this sense of artistic realism into your scene.
Render time is crucially important in the visualization workflow. Due to detailed improvements in the rendering engine, Lumion 6 renders even faster than Lumion 5. Tests have delivered render time reductions up to 11%. This is quite staggering, considering that Lumion was already the fastest architectural rendering option available anywhere.
New Portfolio Management Option in MyLumion®
MyLumion is a web-based platform, making it possible to communicate your 3D designs anywhere, anytime, using any device. A simple click in Lumion renders your 3D scenes to MyLumion.com. Lumion 6 has improved this functionality with a great new portfolio management option. This allows you to change the title, description or delete projects you have online. You can now also store up to 10 projects at any time on MyLumion.com. MyLumion is still Beta functionality, but it’s already proving to be very popular amongst Lumion customers as a way of facilitating communication between architects and their clients.
Enhanced Depth of Field effect
Depth of field is an important effect used by professional filmmakers and photographers to draw attention to specific parts of an image. It is also commonly used as a style tool since it provides images with a cinematic feel and makes them look like they were shot with a high-end camera. The new depth of field effect improves upon the previous version in several ways. It is now a lot easier to keep an object in focus while blurring the background. You can have either circles, hexagons or 6 other (bokeh) shapes appear in unfocused areas. The new dynamic autofocus allows you to focus on a fixed point even when the camera is moving.
Autumn Generator effect
Sometimes you want to add more color variation to the vegetation. This new effect in Lumion 6 allows you to quickly manipulate vegetation colors. You can use it either to bring more variation to the colors or push the sliders all the way to create amazing autumn landscapes.
Animated Spotlight Colors effect
This new effect allows you to animate the color of, or intensify one or multiple light sources. Use all the colors of the rainbow to animate lights. Use this effect to fade lights at will or change the mood by altering colors.
Concepts are often communicated using artistic impressions. The new Styrofoam effect results in an artistic impression that makes your design look like a scale model cut from styrofoam material. The softness and color of the ‘foam’ can be configured to create the look you want.