Bringing Focus to the Background

For room plans that are used within a professional setting, pCon.planner offers several features that help to impressively present plans and product images. Even if you’re dealing primarily with interior design, it still pays to look beyond the walls. After all, it’s often the finer details that can greatly influence perception.

Bringing Focus to the Background
Bringing Focus to the Background

Which office would you prefer to sit in? (…) You caught us! Both are the exact same plan – only the environment surrounding them has changed. One of the rendering has an added background. Did you notice it right away? Want to know how we did it? Below we’ve explained two ways to accomplish it yourself!

Chisel the background into the image

Whether it’s a beautiful landscape or a city panorama, select a picture of your choice and place it outside of the planned room. A quick glance out the window from inside the room will quickly tell you if the image has to be scaled or oriented differently. Your eyes will help you decide. If you see what you like, start the rendering process as usual. Et voilá, the background image is now adding a little something extra to your rending.

But be careful: the photo will be inserted as an object, and can therefore influence the light penetration and shadowing of a photo-realistic rendering. Furthermore, the background is now “firmly written into the picture” and cannot be easily removed if you don’t like the look of it. This is why the positioning of the background is made so simple.

Change up your view

If you prefer to stay flexible and change the background of your renderings from time to time, you should use a different method. This small trick will save you time and subsequent tinkering: pCon.planner offer the possibility to render images transparently! If the transparent option is enabled within the Rendering Settings, all possibilities are still available after rendering.

Open a completed rendering in an image editor of your choice and set an impressive background on the rearmost layer. Immediately you will be able to see the background through the windows of your plan, as these are the areas subject to transparency. You can then quickly align the background and the world is within your reach. If the background isn’t what you imagined, you can quickly and easily replace it with another.

For both methods, the chosen background should have a reasonably good resolution, regardless of whether you choose a photo of your own or if you got it from Mr. Google.

Experiment with various camera angles and find some inspiration within our Renderings Gallery. And remember: those who pay close attention to the fine details can greatly influence how a room is perceived and – for those working in a professional setting – can in turn influence a purchasing decision.

 

 

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