3 Tips for Rendering Interiors

Besides being a terrific 3d room planning software, pCon.planner also is a tool for visualizing and presenting your interior designs. That is why we are sharing rendering tips from time to time on facebook, in our video tutorials and here on the blog. This time our focus will not be on the technical aspects but more on alleged trivialities that can be deciding factor when it comes to presenting spaces and interior concepts.

1. Eyes straight ahead
When it comes to the rendering of interior scenes, basically the same ground rules apply as for shooting interiors. This means that you should watch the vertical lines and edges and try to parallel them to the picture margin. In pCon.planner you can avoid merging lines by using cameras and leveling them or by using the Camera Type Architect in the Media Maker.
Render of an Empty Living Room with Merging LinesRender of an Empty Living Room with Leveled Camera

2. Turn on the light
When scrolling through a catalog you might have noticed that almost every time the lights are turned on. Using lamps as light sources fulfills several purposes: they fill the room with soft light, make the picture inviting and give it a polished look. For renders it also seems the thing to do. You can turn on the lights by placing light sources in suitable places – for example in place of a light bulb, a spotlight or a luminous tape. Depending on the kind of light you want you can choose between different types of light in pCon.planner, namely these are Spot Light, Point Light, Directional Light and Area Light. Or you can use Self-illuminating Materials.
Render of an Empty Living Room with Lighting

3. Decorate
Decoration can help to create a certain vibe and to convey what you want to show with the render. A coffee mug and a notepad on the desktop, magazines stacked on a coffee table, books on the racks and pictures on the wall really get the message across that this room is made for people. You have access to a broad variety of 3d models you can use to furnish and decorate the space in the 3d Warehouse and in the pCon.catalog portal. Simply go to the click on the button 3D Warehouse or Catalog – which you can find in the Start Tab pCon.planner – and insert your desired object.
Render of a Decorated Living Room

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4 Responses to 3 Tips for Rendering Interiors

  1. May 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm Kendall Everett says:

    It’s a good idea to decorate the area that had been 3D rendered. If the room is decorated, it’s easier to see what the space is supposed to look like and what the vibe is like you mentioned. At this point, it might be a good idea to work with the interior designer to make the space as accurate as possible.

  2. May 30, 2016 at 8:34 am Timmy says:

    You are absolutely right, Kendall! With pCon.planner you can easily send your DWG file to the interior designer. He can help you decorate it and after that he sends the plan back to you. And you can also edit things like you want to present it to the customer in the best way possible.

  3. December 7, 2016 at 7:41 pm Georgia B says:

    I love your tip on including light. There is such a difference between the two example pictures! Without the light, the room looks a little cold and off-putting. Having lights on in the rendering bring a warmth to the room and make it much more inviting, as you said!

  4. December 2, 2017 at 7:52 am Bobby Saint says:

    I like that you provided some tips for rendering interiors such as by turning on the light. It’s amazing how the right lighting or bulb can make a room stand out. You may want to experiment by using different types of lights and bulbs and check the effect of each based on the brightness of the light and how much space it can illuminate. This should certainly provide additional appeal to your project. If I were to make my own architectural rendering, I would definitely keep this in mind. Thanks.

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