Lumion allows any architect to transform their CAD designs into strikingly beautiful renders without any prior training.
Whether communicating your projectto a client, collaborating with your teamusing realistic visualizations, or making a last-minute design change, Lumion 8 dials up the power to allow fast, stress-free rendering with results sure to make you smile.
New In Lumion 8
Capture your architectural vision in the best possible light
The Styles Button is the power of Lumion 8 brought together. Just press it, select a style. In an instant you get a stunning image with a backbone of balanced light, depth and realism.
Visualize creativity like never before with the new Sky Light daylight simulator and the soft and fine shadow enhancements. Turn them on and watch as the foliage and grass become dramatically photorealistic. See the shadows beneath tables and shelves become subtle and soft. Notice as people, plants and buildings suddenly look like they belong where they are.
Workflow power for faster, better results
Lumion 8 also helps you clearly communicate architectural designs with the new “hand-drawn” outline feature. Achieve a true-to-life appearance by softening the hard edges of structures and furnishings, simulate a maquette with tilt shift, and render videos in eye-opening 4K resolution.
You can also set one option next to the other and decide which one you prefer with variation control effect. Group objects together for easy scene-building, and benefit from many other enhancements like a curved mass placement function, a new measurement tool and better layer effects.
No more hunting around for the right effects. Gone are the days of meticulously balancing sliders. Once you dress up your 3D model with Lumion materials and objects, just click the Styles Button and select an interior or exterior style. In an instant your design becomes a beautiful render with a carefully balanced effects combination.
Render right away, or personalize the style in minutes. Create a look that’s all your own with a workflow that’s faster than ever.
Ready to render? If you haven’t added the Sky Light effect, then…well…no. Maybe not. Because it’s the one technology developed especially for Lumion 8 to heighten your image’s sense of environment, realism and depth.
Sky Light is an advanced, daylight simulator for softening and dispersing the scene’s environmental lighting. Used in combination with Soft Shadows and Fine Detail Shadows, it strengthens the real-life interplay of these elements. Watch as the foliage and trees become photorealistic, and discover as people, buildings and landscapes suddenly look like they belong where they are.
Soft and fine shadows
Designing and rendering realistic shadows may be one of the most difficult things you can do. Until now.
In Lumion 8, you can inject realism into your render by turning on the Soft Shadows and the Fine Detail Shadows as part of the Shadow effect. Instantly, the shadows become softer, the penumbras grow. Hundreds of fine detail shadows are enriched and a realistic sense of depth permeates the image.
You’ll feel yourself smile as you view your unbuilt design looking uncannily like the real thing.
Hyperlight for videos
Hyperlight is a power-booster for improved lighting quality and accuracy. With Lumion 8, you can now apply the Hyperlight effect when rendering videos. Whether for interior or exterior animations, the updated Hyperlight effect dresses your animation in a strikingly realistic mesh of environmental and artificial light. Watch as the materials and textures “pop.” See buildings, people and foliage cohere with their surroundings. And improve realism in a flash with Hyperlight for videos.
Personalize your render with new and improved effects
Hand-drawn outlines (Pro Only)
Lumion 8 makes it easy to clearly communicate the form of your design with the “hand-drawn” outline effect. Apply it together with photorealistic, sketch or artistic effects to draw a focus to your building’s general shape and form. It’s the bones of your design, rendered beautifully and easily.
Better color correction
Are the colors too cold? Too dull? Overexposed? In Lumion 8, you can easily dress your model in its best light with the new color correction improvements. Tune up color temperature for a “warm” mood. Adjust the vibrancy for increased color intensity without saturation. You can even temper the sharp contrasts by making the shadows a little lighter.
A seagull has flown past at exactly the wrong moment, an animated person’s arm has mysteriously swung into the building’s facade. Through the new Time Warp effect in Lumion 8, you can implement a time offset to shift the small movements of animated people, animals and objects. Toggle time backwards. Or forwards. Your animated objects will now adjust their positions so they pose exactly in the right way, at the right time.
New and improved camera effects
Tilt shift (Pro Only)
There’s something about a maquette that computer-generated renders can’t replace. By applying the new tilt shift effect in Lumion 8, your design becomes part of a miniature world. With a viewpoint above your model in Lumion, the tilt shift effect changes the plane of focus and blurs the foreground and background. It’s a camera effect which transforms your CAD model into a scaled-down version of the real thing.
“Look at fixed point” for the handheld camera effect
Create an impressive first-person video and never lose sight of the most important parts of your design. As an addition to the handheld camera effect, the new “Look at fixed point” option in Lumion 8 lets you lock the camera onto a single target point.
2-Point Perspective slider
New in Lumion 8, the two-point perspective slider allows you to move along a spectrum adjusting the degree of 2-point perspective that’s applied. . You’ll have greater control straightening structures that look like they’re leaning over, while correcting lines that seem skewed and disorientating. From many viewpoints, this effect imparts a cleaner and more geometrically accurate look, giving it a solid, realistic appearance.
Intelligent scene editing with new build tools
New grouping function
Trees, plants, cars, people. Furniture, lights, decorations and more. Now, with the new grouping feature, it’s possible to bunch multiple objects together and control them all at once. Whether a table and its furnishings, a plant and its pot or a lampshade and its light element, discover ease and ultimate control as you rotate, scale and move several objects together without losing the arrangements you carefully prepared.
Mass placement for curved shapes
Landscapers rejoice! For Lumion 8, you can use the mass placement feature to instantly place numerous objects in complex shapes, including curves. With just a few clicks, plant multiple trees that follow the winding curved contours of your garden design. Quickly fill your roundabout with a buzzing fleet of cars. Hold CTRL, set the corner smoothness and you can mass place objects in any winding shape you like.
New measuring tools (Pro Only)
Whether confirming the distance between two pieces of furniture or checking the perimeter of a garden, the new measuring tools in Lumion 8 help you make quick measurement checks without needing to go back to your modeling software. As a workflow improvement, the on-screen measuring tools help you verify distances, ensuring the precision and scale of your model.
New tools for OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMaps is a fantastic tool for instantly placing your design in a real-life setting. In Lumion 8, it’s now possible to hide and show the imported OSM buildings. This way, you can easily put your model right in the center of a big city, such as NYC, without other buildings getting in your view.
New materials, objects and more!
Beautiful new water
From the waterfront to the city fountain to the mansion with a swimming pool, Lumion is renowned for its realistic water. Lumion 8 raises the bar with even more water options to suit your specific context. The water itself looks more realistic than ever and there are twenty new water presets, with calmer surfaces, enhanced surface realism, transparency and rippling. Achieving beautiful water is just a click away.
Soften hard edges (Pro Only)
In real life, the edges of any surfaces generally appear slightly rounded or worn. They are never perfectly sharp. With the new edges slider in Lumion 8, your model will take on a more natural and weathered look, one better representing the real qualities of physical homes and buildings. Impart age and realism by smoothening the edges of adjacent faces. Soften the corners of brick, concrete, wood and other materials. A simple slider movement, a more realistic building. Easy. Effective.
168 new realistic materials
With 168 new materials available in Lumion 8, including 100 HD materials from Poliigon, you can instantly place your design in a setting you can “feel,” “hear” and vicariously experience. Add city sidewalks and cobblestone streets that are incredible in their realism and texture. Create stunning brutalist structures with new concrete materials, and pull your viewers into your interiors with amazingly realistic fabrics. You can even make glass that’s still dripping wet from a fresh rain or a long shower.
These materials with finely detailed texture maps are the secret ingredient for viewers to “touch” the walls, “smell” the leather of the living room couch and “hear” the sound of feet moving across the floor.
Available in the material library
- 168 new materials are available in Lumion 8 Pro. These include:
- 20 new water presets, each with a specific color and style
- 17 new soil types, including gravel and pebbles
- 51 new metal materials
- 15 new concrete and 23 new stone materials
- 12 city street sidewalks
- 10 new wallpapers
- 1 wet glass (Pro only)
All of the materials in Lumion are of the highest quality, and they can be altered via weathering, soft edges (Pro only) and more. With the new additions, the total number of materials in Lumion 8 Pro is 1,019.
New objects in the Content Library* (Pro Only)
Breathe life into your designs with 734 new HD objects available in Lumion 8. Catering to interiors, exteriors, landscapes and urban centers, these new objects are purely extravagant in detail, surface shading and texture.
Highly detailed birch and maple trees, for instance, allow for realistic geolocation-based rendering, whether your project is in America, China, Europe or elsewhere. For residential scenes and cities, you can show the hustle and bustle with luxurious sports cars, an animated dog walker and animated bicyclists. When furnishing an interior, there are hundreds of new decoration and food items to instantly give your renders that “lived-in” feel.
Here’s the complete list of what’s new in the Lumion 8 Pro content library:
Available in the content library*
734 new objects are available in Lumion 8 Pro. These include:
- 74 new tree species from around the globe, including variations in shape and size.
- 595 indoor objects ranging from high-quality decorations, beds, desks, office and home furnishings, food and drinks and many more.
- 26 outdoor objects, including satellite dishes, glass awnings, information signs and more.
- 25 new character poses and animations, including men, women, children, and pets (including a dog).
- 14 new vehicle models, including HD cars, sports cars and bicycles.
All of the new objects are HD quality, and the new additions bring the total number of objects in the Lumion 8 Pro content library to 4,395.
New output and interface improvements
4K movie rendering*
Transform the “good” into “whoa” by rendering your architectural movies in stunning 4K resolution. Made for showing off your work on a 4K screen, Lumion 8’s new ultra-high resolution movie rendering capability showcases the light, shadows and details of your model at the highest level of image clarity available today. Give your projects a visual edge that just can’t be replaced.
Create your own object library
The Lumion library is renowned for its quality and size. When importing objects, the library gets even bigger and it can sometimes take a little time to retrieve the exact object you need. With Lumion 8, you can ease your workflow by creating your own library and categorizing imported objects in an easy-to-find format. All you need is a few seconds to locate the 3D suede sofa you imported months ago or that one-of-a-kind decorative bowl that’s essential to finish your render.
Save screen and dialogue improvements
In Lumion 8, new and improved save screen and dialogue boxes make it easier to organize your scene file into the correct folder. Retrieve or update your project with the confidence that your files are stored where you want them, whether locally on your computer or on a network.