Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rendering with Lumion

Sorry about the lack of posts lately, I have been pretty swamped, and haven't really found the time,

Recently I have been utilizing a third party program known as Lumion to do a lot of my renderings.  Lumion is in my opinion very easy to use and very fast as well.  The program is a real time visualization software meaning you fly around in a rendered environment in real time.
For those interested --->

Lumion is a rendering tool, meaning there is no modeling in the program itself, you import your Revit/Sketchup/3Ds Max/etc... model into Lumion then tweak the materials and set up the scene.

Architecture: Revit, Equipment: 3Ds Max, Rendering: Lumion, Touch Up: Photoshop

Architecture: Revit, Equipment: 3Ds Max, Rendering: Lumion, Touch Up: Photoshop

The program does come with some entourage to populate a scene such as vehicles, vegitation, and animated people, but the user should bring in at least 90% of the scene from their modeling program of choice.

Where Lumion really "shines" is in its exterior renderings, the program has a large variety of high quality vegitation (I always hated using the rpc trees Revit has to offer)

Here is an example of a project I recently worked on:

The revit file was created/rendered by a co-worker, she was upset with the quality of the rendering and asked if there was anything I could do, I then took the Revit model uploaded it to Lumion and replaced the RPC trees with the high quality 3D trees.  Overall the process took maybe about 2 hours to replace all the trees and tweak the settings, but the rendering took about 20 seconds to export from the program.

Revit Rendering: High Quality 300 DPI

Lumion Rendering
 Here is a file most people are familar with, the basic sample Revit project file:

I took the default file and exported it to Lumion and then tweaked the materials overall the process took less than 5 minutes.

Revit Rendering: High Quality 300 DPI - 16min

Lumion Rendering: 5min setup - 5sec export

Overall, the main focus of this post is not necessarily to praise Lumion, but more to share my experience with it and to inform that there are other programs available, and to not feel obligated to stick to Revit for rendering.

Lumion also has fantastic water effects!


  1. I wonder why there are not many people knowing and using Lumion. For us (Architects using Autocad, revit and similare, this software is the life saver. Who creates 3d Visualization for her/his Designs, has been suffered and lost to much time to create a good render or has payed other e3 specialists to do the job. Lumion 2.5 could not offer the same quality as mentalray in 3d max, but in the time factor working with lumion is maybe 5 times faster and easier. Now with lumion 3.0 the render Quality is much better. I had not the opportunity to test it but I saw the samples. However I agree Merryman and after 20 Years Marriage with Autodesk I decieded Cheeting them with Lumion :)

  2. I have been trying to use Lumion 3.1 but have a problem importing the .dae file into Lumion after exporting from Revit 2013. Do you know where I can get some assistance?

    1. I actually haven't used Lumion 3.1 yet, so the only advice I could give would be to make sure you have the latest version of the Revit Collada Exporter that Lumion provides. If it is a particularly large project you could try splitting it up into multiple parts so Lumion has an easier job importing the geometry. If you go to the Lumion forums and post your question there I am sure someone will be able to assist you. Hope that helps!

    2. i have problem with rendering i have put 1star in build mood but renders are from 4star , it output lot of bright sunlight effect , plz help

  3. i have problem with rendering i have put 1star in build mood but renders are from 4star , i output lot of bright sunlight effect , plz help

  4. I was 3d studio, 3d Viz, MAX, V-ray, Accurender user for a long period of time but I stop using them when I start Lumion 4.0. Lumion is amazing program especially if you are in a rush, it is really fast. The drawings that I rendered in other sofwares for 3 hours took me 10 minutes in Lumion 4.0 with very high and realistic quality. For those of you who will try to use this you can import your drawing from Autocad, revit, and 3ds by using open collada DAE

    1. This will definitely impact our decision to purchase. Thanks for your comment, Ferdinand!