Lumion 3.2.1: Tips and Tricks for Creating Stunning 3D Renders
Lumion is a powerful 3D rendering tool that allows architects and designers to create realistic and immersive visualizations of their projects. Lumion 3.2.1 is the latest version of the software, which offers improved performance, new features, and enhanced quality. In this article, we will share some tips and tricks for using Lumion 3.2.1 to create stunning 3D renders.
One of the most important aspects of using Lumion is navigating the 3D environment. Lumion offers various keyboard shortcuts and mouse controls to help you move the camera and look around. Here are some of the most useful ones:
(W) / (Up arrow): Move camera forward
(S) / (Down arrow): Move camera backward
(A) / (Left arrow): Move camera left
(D) / (Right arrow): Move camera right
(Q): Move camera up
(E): Move camera down
(Spacebar) + (W/S/A/D/Q/E): Very slow camera
(Shift) + (W/S/A/D/Q/E): Fast camera
(Shift) + (Spacebar) + (W/S/A/D/Q/E): Very fast camera
Right mouse button + Move mouse: Look around
Middle mouse button + Move mouse: Pan
Mousewheel up/down: Move camera forward
(CTRL) + (H): Reset camera pitch to horizontal viewpoint
(O) + Right mouse button: Orbit camera.
Double-click with right mouse button on models: Instant 'teleport' to the position that was clicked on.
Save and Load Camera Viewpoints
Lumion allows you to save up to 10 camera positions and load them quickly with keyboard shortcuts. This is very useful for comparing different views or switching between them during presentations. To save a camera position, press (CTRL) + (1) (2) â (9) (0). To load a saved camera position, press (SHIFT) + (1) (2) â (9) (0). The saved slots are also available as easily accessible thumbnail images in Photo mode.
Importing and Updating Models
Lumion supports importing models from various 3D software such as SketchUp, Revit, AutoCAD, and more. You can also update your models in Lumion without losing any materials or settings. To do this, go to Edit Materials -> (CTRL) + Reload Model and re-apply materials (new file) button. This will allow you to select a new file for your model and re-import it into Lumion.
Lumion always renders movies and image sequences in the background, so that you can check your emails or do other tasks while it is rendering. However, you need to wait for the first frame to finish before you switch to other windows. Avoid moving/re-sizing/minimizing the Lumion window while it is rendering, and do not click on the Show Desktop button in the lower right corner of Windows. This will reset the exposure in Lumion which means that the video has to be rendered from scratch again.
Materials and Textures
Lumion offers a wide range of materials and textures to apply to your models. You can also customize them with various settings such as color, glossiness, reflection, bump, and more. To edit the materials of your models, go to Edit Materials -> Select Material -> Material Settings. You can also use the eyedropper tool to copy and paste materials from one model to another.
Lumion also supports importing your own textures from image files. You can use them to create custom materials or apply them to specific surfaces of your models. To import a texture, go to Edit Materials -> Select Material -> Load Texture. You can also adjust the texture scale, offset, and rotation with the sliders.
Lighting and Shadows
Lumion uses real-time lighting and shadows to create realistic and dynamic effects in your renders. You can adjust the sun position, brightness, and color with the sliders in the Weather tab. You can also add artificial lights such as spotlights, point lights, area lights, and light strips to your scene. To add a light, go to Objects -> Lights -> Select Light Type -> Place Light.
Lumion also supports global illumination (GI), which simulates the indirect lighting and color bleeding effects in your scene. To enable GI, go to Build Mode -> Settings -> GI Power. You can also adjust the GI brightness and contrast with the sliders. GI can greatly enhance the realism and mood of your renders, but it can also increase the rendering time and memory usage. aa16f39245