The Art of Rendering: 8 Ways to Fool Your Audience with Hyperrealistic Architectural Visualizations

Architectural modelling software and computing hardware have both advanced to such a degree in recent years that the potential for hyperrealism is only limited by a render artist’s technical capabilities and their eye for a well-crafted composition. The process has become a recognized art in its own right: talented rendering specialists such as Peter Guthrie and Alex Roman (creator of the extraordinary CGI film “The Third and the Seventh”) are almost as well known as the architects themselves. Using some particularly striking examples from Architizer’s project database, we take a look at some simple ways you can add an extra layer of believability to your renderings — and fool your viewers into thinking they are looking through a window into the real world… 1. Stay in Focus One of the most effective ways to give your rendering the look of a built work that has been photographed is to perfect the camera settings within your model. Emphasize particularly striking elements within the frame by tweaking the depth of field, which also helps trick the eye into perceiving three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional image. Commissioned by Henry Goss Architects to visualize Staithe End in Christchurch, New Zealand, ...
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