Empower Motion Graphics Design: the Infinite Potential of D5
Congratulations to Taylor Lowe who won in the D5 Render 'Share Your Story' event to celebrate 10 amazing versions milestone!
As the founder of Level 13 Design, Taylor is an Emmy Award winning motion graphics designer with 17 years of professional experience. His work has been featured on major network in the US, such as NBC, abc, CBS, and more. He got clients ranging from multiple Grammy Award winning artists, globally broadcast television shows, to Fortune 500 companies.
For Design: Create Amazing Visuals in Real Time
For motion graphics designers, design and visualization often go hand in hand. They need to quickly capture their inspiration and show it in real time, constantly tweaking to find the best effect.
At the same time, they also need to regularly churn out top-notch visuals for communication with clients.
The precise real-time ray tracing rendering of D5 Render provides an efficient solution for both creation and visualization.
"Here is the current state of our industry: Unreal Engine 5 is not stable or artist friendly enough to be a viable tool for projects and the path tracer is slow and unreliable. Redshift produces amazing results but is SLOW. Let me say again SLOOOOOOOW. With a few added features D5 would solve the industries’ render issues and become the ultimate tool in every artist’s pipeline."
For Pitch: Convince Clients with Cost-efficient Solutions
Taylor has been using D5 for nationally/internationally broadcast shows and musician tours. After creating virtual lighting in D5 Render, he will provide the show programmer with control layers of his rendered graphics from D5, so the graphics can be controlled like real LED Edge lights or a set piece all from the lighting console.
This saves clients thousands of dollars by not having to rent as many physical lights, because the virtual lights look photo-real in high resolution LED walls.
The ability to control the virtual lighting fixtures from a lighting console that would already be on-site and in use also saves the clients thousands of dollars by not having to rent an Unreal powered media server and hiring an additional operator to achieve the same result.
Taylor just completed the stage and screen content for a national tour featuring Brandon Lake (Grammy award winning artist) and Phil Wickam (Grammy Nominated artist). Here is a video linked below to take a sneak peek at the stage lighting.
We are beyond happy to see D5's been used across various industries, helping talented artists realize all kinds of creative ideas. If you'd also like to share your stories with us, welcome to contact us at email@example.com.
How to Render Photorealistic Grass in 3 Steps
A photorealistic lawn is critical to architectural and landscape visualization. Today, we want to introduce you an easy way to create lifelike grass with only three steps.
Step 01: Set a Lawn Material
First, choose a woodland material and apply it onto the model surface.
Stretch its UV to get a dense look.
Step 02: Paint Grass Models
Then, choose a grass model to fill the lawn with the 'Scatter' tool.
Repeat the step on another kind of higher, greener grass.
Remove a bit of the lawn randomly with the Eraser tool.
You can also add some scattered fallen leaves.
Step 03: Add Decorative Plants
Place some shrubs along the edge.
And intersperse some in the middle.
A tall tree at the foreground will make the scene look more layered.
That's it! You've just brought a lawn to life. D5 Asset Library in D5 Render makes it super easy to create 3d visualization. So, make sure to give this amazing real-time rendering software a try!
Be+maarch: D5, a Game-changer of Streamlined Workflow
Be+maarch is an architecture studio based in Bogota/Colombia, focusing on creating animations and visuals for architectural, urban and landscape projects to improve project communication.
Extensive Compatibility for Better Collaboration
The common procedure of Be+maarch revolves around crafting models of urban landscapes and architecture using software like Revit, Rhino, Sketchup, and Blender.
Luckily, the extensive compatibility of D5 empowers this team to collaborate remarkably well. The D5 Sync plugins for these DCC software can directly import models into D5 with no need to convert file formats, thus saving a lot of time.
Visualization Made Easy
Visualization in D5 Render is usually handled by one or two team members per project. The most important two sections, material editing and vegetation placement, are made very easy in D5.
Be+maarch usually uses high-quality materials from the D5 Asset Library or imports their own into the local library.
D5 Asset Library currently has 2,000+ materials covering concrete, wood, glass, iron and other commonly used textures, which is a turbo charger for the visualization process.
D5's real-time rendering enables them to see every tweak as it happens, right then and there, thus achieving lifelike details for materials in no time, without the hassle of back-and-forth revisions.
Be+maarch takes on projects from all around the world. This makes the diversity of plant species a crucial part of their work.
Fortunately, the asset library has a really wide collection. Plus, the quality of plant models is top-tier as well.
"This makes it easier for us to express the landscape ideas we have for a project", said Be+maarch.
Speedy Output, Premium Quality
The speed at which the animation renders in D5 has left Be+maarch absolutely amazed, particularly when it comes to landscape projects. Compared to other software, the quickness is simply astonishing. The balance between quality and time is impeccable.
As for still frames, the authenticity of the vegetation is achieved with remarkable speed, giving it a more realistic appearance.
In a word, D5 Render is an all-in-one solution to streamline the workflow for architectural and landscape design. Its extensive compatibility, asset library and fast top-tier output benefit Be+maarch a lot.
Pakk Architekci: D5, The Perfect Blend of Speed&Quality
Setting the Context
Located in the Tri-city area of Gdansk in Poland, amidst the idyllic beaches and bustling metropolis, is Pakk Architekci, a professional architectural visualization studio.
Established in 2010, the studio creates stunning architectural visuals that showcase its expertise in concept development, construction planning, and detailed design for a wide range of building structures worldwide.
Yet the studio didn't get to this point without its share of challenges. Chief among these was finding a suitable visualization tool that could cater to their specific demands: quick output, improved photorealistic visuals, and communication efficiency.
The Quest for the Perfect Tool: Speed&Quality
Initially, the studio was using V-Ray, but achieving the desired visual impact through V-Ray was time-consuming. So, they switched to Lumion for faster results but faced challenges with photorealism and long rendering times, especially for large scenes.
To solve this problem, the studio started scouring the market for a solution that could seamlessly integrate into their workflow and deliver top-notch results to their clients quickly and efficiently.
They sought a tool that not only met their visualization requirements but also offered the versatility to adapt to the diverse array of projects they undertook. This search eventually led them to D5 Render, which was a complete game-changer.
D5 Render: the game-changer
D5 combined the best of V-Ray and Lumion into one powerful tool to create visually stunning renders with ease. The key advantage of the platform lay in its real-time rendering capability, which allowed the studio to instantly visualize final visuals without the need to wait for rendering results and engage in continuous parameter adjustments.
This breakthrough in real-time rendering ensured quality and significantly enhanced speed in the design process.
Real-time Weather Adjustment
Bluszczanska App Building | Pakk Architekci, HRA Architekci studio
Bluszczańska was designed by HRA Architekci studio from Warsaw, Poland. It is now another part of the emerging apartment building complex on Bluszczanska Street in Warsaw for developer SGI.
Likewise, the extensive library of ready-made assets—boasting both quantity and exceptional quality—combined with the intuitive design and speed of the platform made it clear to the studio that they had found the perfect visualization tool.
One-Click Decor with Interior Parallax from D5 Asset Library
HafenCity, Hamburg | Pakk Architekci, AD-Studio
HafenCity Hamburg is made by AD-Studio from Warsaw, Poland. This is a conceptual design for a vacant lot in the HafenCity area of Hamburg.
The photorealistic effects produced with D5 Render were also far superior to what could be done using Lumion. And even more impressive was the performance. The studio rendered high-resolution images at 5000 pixels in just around 6 minutes on their RTX 4090 24GB, even while processing multiple channels with D5.
The seamless integration of SketchUp and D5 also meant that the studio could use it as a core tool, saving them countless hours of effort in ensuring that the rendered results matched their design intent.
A typical design process at the studio starts with them collecting materials and inspiration from their clients, understanding their vision, and immersing themselves in client ideas.
Then, they set about familiarizing themselves with the location and surroundings with photos and tools like Google Street View. This is because in order to make decisions about weather settings, asset selection, and other aspects of scene-building that would breathe life into the project, the studio had to absorb the essence of the place.
Only when they had a clear picture of what they wanted to achieve would they begin visualizing the design.
The whole process was iterative and involved multiple revisions based on client feedback before they could start introducing details for the final render. And D5 Render was a constant throughout this process.
It played a pivotal role in enhancing communication with clients. Its lightning-fast rendering capabilities accelerated the revision process, enabling swift adjustments and real-time feedback implementation.
Make Changes with One Click
Bluszczanska App Building | Pakk Architekci, HRA Architekci studio
The studio was, thus, able to enjoy the best of both worlds: fast, high-quality rendering at a competitive price with D5 Render.
The Road Ahead
D5 Render continues to evolve, with new features and improvements being designed to address user requests. In fact, the studio commented on how excited they were to use the optimized grass material and new interior parallax models, which were both realized in D5's 2.5 update.
So, D5 will keep working on more new features to ensure designers and visualizers enjoy an even better 3D creation experience.
Last but not least, a special thanks to Pakk Architekci and our other amazing users who inspire the D5 team to keep moving forward!
Winning Proposals with 3D Visualization Collaboration | Lab D+H Shanghai Studio
How to present and deliver a design concept to the client in a clear and convincing way?
When many studios are struggling with this issue, the D5 team attempts to figure out a solution by talking to Lab D+H Shanghai Studio (hereafter referred to as D+H).
D+H hasused the visualization tool D5 Render to effectively bring many conceptual schemes to fruition. Team collaborationis what they hold in high regardwhen handling large and complex projects.
Lab D+H Shanghai Studio
As a branch of Lab D+H, Shanghai Studio was founded in 2017, focusing on urban transformation projects, landmark mix-use and infrastructure open space.
It has a long-standing partnership with corporations such as AEDAS, OCT Group, Longfor Group, Wanhua Chemical Group, Vanke, and Hong Kong Land.
02｜Convincing Delivery for Winning Proposals
Landscape design, especially for commercial projects, values vegetation the most.
A good scheme involves more than just designing vegetation, but also presenting the design in high-quality. Here, a visualization tool comes in handy.
As traditional rendering software can't cater to the requirement of D+H on a rich and high-grade plants collection, they turned to D5 for a better result.
The built-in asset library of D5 Render contains a variety of landscape models, such as plants from all around the world, grouped plant combos for quick use, stones and tree edging rings.
With a wealth of models and powerful asset tools, D+H can quickly build a greenery area with ease. They no longer need to spend days on a lawn, flower sea, or other large-scale landscapes.
The immersive experience offered by D5 allows clients to walk through the project, which convinces everyone thatsuch a project could be brought into reality.
"What impressed me most was a project nearing completion. The client was absolutely satisfied with the scheme, and all the trees in it were preserved. It proves that D5 can deliver realistic visuals to both designers and clients."
In addition, a scheme has to display how the landscape will look in different seasons.
In D5, D+H can directly adjust leaf materials and change their colors according to the season. By creating snow/rain/wind with one click in the weather system, a life-like project will be presented on the screen.
D+H not only cares about the landscape, but also its integration with the surrounding context. A winning proposal has to present a good overall effect.
"The software we used before did well in rough preview for sketches, but not in final renderings. So, we had to spend much time optimizing them in other tools. D5 Render, on the other hand, enables an accurate and realistic visual in real-time. That's what we look for."
In D5, designers can create atmospheric lighting and weather in one step, eliminating the need for post-processing. You can see every adjustment in real time, striking a good balance betweenspeed and quality.
The advantages of high-quality real-time rendering go beyond this.
Commercial projects often need revising based on the feedback from multiple parties. Thanks to D5's real-time rendering, the process of communication and revision is greatly sped up when a designer could see and render each adjustment on the fly.
03｜ Collaboration on Complex Projects
As a team that has been involved in landscape design for many years, D+H has handled countless large-scale projects.
After long-term practice, the team has founded its best way:
Divide a project into several sections, and assign them to different members for further visualization.
D5 is their go-to tool for efficient team collaboration.
"Each of the sections has a dozen separate model files of landscapes, buildings, or other stuff for easier editing."
This means frequent model sync. Since D5 can directly open Rhino files, designers can update models with one click, saving time for manual export/import and file conversion. It's also a key to improving working efficiency.
Once each section is completed, the D+H team will directly merge them into one D5 scene file.
"D5's feature of project merging cracks the hard nut of team collaboration. Plus the multi-editor editing feature of D5 for Teams, our efficiency would be further improved."
Real-time Collaborative 3D Design & Visualization for Architects
Architects using BIM software, such as Revit, often engage in collaborative efforts during the modeling stage to boost efficiency. But when moving to archviz, they may find this level of collaboration a distant dream.
That's where D5 for Teams that enables team management and collaboration comes in handy. It provides a way for everyone involved in the project to communicate with each other, share assets/presets, and work together in real-time.
With D5 for Teams, your team can connect, collaborate and create all in one place.
Real-time Collaboration on the Same Project
By allowing multiple editors to work on the same project simultaneously, it can help reduce the time needed to complete a project and ensure that everyone is working on the most up-to-date version of the design.
Team Library and Workspace
To ensure the best collaboration in architectural design/visualization teams, it's essential to have a shared resource library. This way, team members don't have to waste time asking for the same things over and over again.
With D5 for Teams, it's simple to create a team library where assets and projects can be uploaded and accessed with ease.
In addition, D5 for Teams also supports a cloud workspace: D5 Studio. Members can upload their well-crafted presets for environment, brush, and path, making them available for everyone to use with just one click.
Manage Your Team with Ease
D5 for Teams offers floating licenses to administrators who hope to manage subscription seats with flexibility. This ensures that team resources are being used in the most efficient way.
Together with D5 Render, a real-time rendering engine for architectural design and visualization, D5 for Teams prepares everything a team needs to work smarter.
Don't miss the chance to try D5 for Teams for free:
Inventive D5 Render 2.5 Updates for Better Design and Render Workflow
Get ready to dive into the awesome new update of D5 Render 2.5!
We've packed it with a whopping 35 fresh additions and tweaks. Unearth some amazing features like real-time Caustics, advanced Camera tool, Section tool, a re-energized video editor, and our brand new cloud workspace, D5 Studio. And that's not all. We've also introduced LiveSync for SketchUp-D5 workflow. You will also find 403 new assets in our library.
We believe that with these new features, the efficiency of your design visualization workflow will be significantly enhanced!
Alright, let's kick things off with the much-awaited real-time caustics.
No more struggling with complicated nodes or parameters, you just need to enable 'Caustics' in both materials and lights in D5 Render 2.5, and these magical shimmering light patterns will instantly appear.
*Our Custom, Transparent, Water materials, and the four basic light sources all support this amazing feature.
The resulting light spot's shape is defined by the model surface and the normal map. And the best part? By playing around with the intensity and softness parameters, you can watch the caustics effect evolve in real time.
LiveSync for SketchUp
With D5 Render 2.5, we've got some exciting news on the SketchUp-D5 workflow: LiveSync plugin for SketchUp!
No need to click the update button again and again. Your models, materials, and other changes will now sync up with D5 automatically as you tweak them in SketchUp, saving you a ton of time.
The SketchUp-D5 workflow is also powered by another feature: full-screen mode. Click the shortcut key F9 and you can start an immersive, effective design experience.
D5 Studio, the Cloud Workspace
We're thrilled to introduce you D5 Studio, a cloud workspace designed to streamline the work of designers and architects. Imagine a flexible, centralized hub where all your assets and presets are stored, ready to be used across various projects and devices. That's D5 Studio for you!
Currently, D5 Studio allows you to craft and store a variety of presets, including Environment Effect, Brush, Path, and Fill presets. You can easily use them in each project, making design and visualization a much easier and faster process.
But that's not all! D5 Studio also presents D5 Curated, a resource section filled with a growing assortment of high-quality presets. Each of these has been made by a team of gifted designers.
Get ready for the new feature we've all been waiting for: The Section Tool. With the latest D5 update, you now have the option to use either a Section Plane or a Section Cube.
Head to Menu > Preference > Widget and turn the Section tool on.
A section plane can automatically snap and align itself to the face you've selected, whether it's flat or curved, and adjusts according to the normal direction. No more hassle of manual rotation!
The "Fill" option on the right sidebar lets you paint the section surface with a color of your choice. You can tweak the filling color according to your preference.
Now, let's talk about the Section Cube. True to its name, it resembles a cube model. Using the gizmo, you can easily scale it and carve out sections of your model with the cube.
Add if you're looking to section objects only in specific layers, we've got you covered. Simply move the objects you want to section into a separate layer, navigate to "Property - Visibility on layer", and select "Current". Then, you're all set.
Advanced Camera Tool(beta)
For an enhanced design, viewing, and editing experience, the advanced camera tool is your go-to feature! You can activate it under "Preference-Widget".
Creating a picture-in-picture camera is made super easy. You can directly set it up and edit the scene as you preview it in real time. Or, you can opt to create one using the "Current Camera" option.
No more back-and-forth navigation, just a streamlined process to help you nail the perfect composition and effects.
*Every camera you craft is listed in the object list. You can easily find them with the camera filter.
The Advanced Camera Tool also offers new aspect ratio options for your creative exploration. Just select the camera you need and click the "Activate" icon. Adjustable parameters like aspect ratio, size, and more, will be at your disposal on the right sidebar. This makes it a breeze to craft vertical videos perfect for a variety of social platforms.
Optimized Video Editor
Now it’s time to talk about a substantial update in the new version, an optimized video editor for easier animation rendering.
In the past, each clip was tied to a single shot. But with version 2.5, one clip can now hold multiple shots, giving you the freedom to capture a variety of viewpoints. This way, you can have everything you need in one clip, previewing, editing, exporting, and post-production a walk in the park.
We've also given the video editing module a major boost, resulting in a drastic increase in keyframe performance. In the old version, copying keyframes from point A to B across different shots meant the character would start the walk cycle anew in each shot. But with 2.5, characters can complete their entire walk cycle across shots without having to reset.
Now, you have the power to multi/cross-select clips in a shot. This enables you to rearrange their order, effortlessly copy and paste effects, and render them together with just a single click. It's all about giving you more control and flexibility to create exactly what you envision!
Light Source Shape Display
New "Light Source Shape Display" option for point light, rect light and strip light. Enable it, and the actual sizes of the light sources will intuitively display in the viewport. So if you have slot lighting in your scene, you don't have to distinguish the emissive material in advance while modeling.
D5 SR (D5 Super Resolution), D5's self-developed super-resolution algorithm, is based on neural network super-resolution image generation algorithm and combined with multi-channel rendering feature maps. It significantly speeds up image rendering.
Optimized Operations in the Right Sidebar
The right sidebar has been redesigned. Batch parameter editings are available for paths and properties with adjustable parameters.
Optimized Three-axis Gizmo
The rotation axis of D5’s gizmo has also been optimized to avoid collisions caused by misoperation.
Model Name Display in Brush Records
In brush records, you can see the names of the models when you hover over their thumbnails, allowing you to quickly find the corresponding assets in D5 Asset Library and reuse them.
High-resolution Screen Support
D5 now has better support for high-resolution screens. The size of the interface will scale according to your screen settings, and the fonts and icons will appear clearer.
Glass Reflection in Water
D5’s water material can now reflect glasses and their reflections, enabling accurate and realistic presentation of complex light&shadow effects.
Optimized Real-time SSS Material
The real-time effect of subsurface scattering material has been significantly improved, and you can hardly see any noise in the viewport. There is a new option added to SSS material to enable skylight influence on SSS materials, further enhancing the rendering quality.
Optimized Vegetation Effects
Realistic plants are essential in architectural visualization. In this update, we have further optimized the vegetation effects, particularly in exterior scenes. The level of detail in darker areas and the light and shade effects have been enhanced, resulting in even more realistic and immersive visuals. Of course, we also ensured the consistency between real-time previews and video outputs.
Improved Clarity of Images with Resolutions over 2K
The rendering quality has also been optimized, with a noticeable improvement in clarity for images with a resolution of 2K and above.
Optimized Asset Library | Filter, Search, Material Classification
To help you conveniently find and use the assets in D5 Asset Library, we've completed the following improvements.
In addition to the existing "Dynamic" filter, we have introduced an "HD" filter to easily locate models with higher definition, which are often placed closer to the camera to enhance the overall realism of your renderings.
In the search bar, search history will be displayed for easy viewing of previous search records. Search suggestion is also supported, and you can click on the tags to directly jump to the corresponding search results.
The material classification directory has been adjusted with new classifications such as concrete, woven, SSS materials, etc.
Optimized Installation Experience
Now, downloading and installing D5 is no longer a time-consuming task.
All you need is a small 20MB package from our official website. Once launched with a simple setup process, it will automatically start downloading and installing.
In addition to D5's installation directory, you can also choose the Workspace folder for saving assets, local resources, and temporary files in the advanced settings.
In the permission settings, you have the option to choose whether to install D5 only for the current user or with administrator permissions for all users. This setting not only provides convenience for team collaboration but also ensures software security.
Now, we have covered some of the major updates in D5 2.5. There's definitely a lot more for you to explore.
Thanks for tuning in, and see you in the next version!
Save your time by 65%: D5 Super Resolution Image Rendering
D5 Render has rolled out a new feature "D5 SR Image Rendering" in the latest version 2.5. "SR" stands for "Super Resolution", a D5's self-developed tech that transforms low-res images into high-res ones.
Based on neural network super-resolution image generation algorithm, D5 SR is combined with multi-channel rendering feature maps to significantly speed up image rendering.
The Super Resolution tech can be used in a wide range of applications. For instance, it can enhance the details and resolution in video rendering, and in real-time rendering, it can increase the frame rate to improve user experience.
But let's be honest, amplifying the resolution of rendered images without distortion has always been a tough nut to crack.
Highlights of D5 SR
More Realistic Reconstruction
Real-esrgan is a blind super-resolution algorithm that has not been specifically trained for D5 Render images. Therefore, when doubling the resolution of rendered images, real-esrgan may have some obvious artifacts such as unnatural materials.
Yet, this problem is well tackled with D5 SR, as you can see in the following test images. That's because D5 SR added the geometry, material, texture and other info of this object to improve the quality of reconstructed high-res images.
Zoom in to check the details. You can see that the SR algorithm without training leads to serious distortions such as blurring, smearing, or abnormal textures, while D5 SR doesn't.
When testing D5 SR at first, the twice-expanded images lost some reflection details.
After importing the info of reflection channels and materials, D5 SR can better reproduce the reflections.
You can see the difference shown in these two scenes.
Improved Rendering Efficiency
After enabling D5 SR, you will witness a boosted rendering speed for large-resolution images.
Take this scene as an example.
If rendering an image of 16K resolution (15360X8640), you will need 1h17m13s when D5 SR is off and only 27m23s after it's turned on, saving 65% of the total time.
How to Use D5 SR
Go to Menu > Preference > Widget and switch on 'D5 SR Image Rendering beta'. It will automatically work when D5 renders images with no need of any other settings.
Please note that the D5 SR algorithm is activated only on images with a size larger than 1440 x 1440 resolution.
How D5 SR was born
D5 team trains the SR algorithm with a vast collection of images generated by D5. The neural network can effectively make use of the prior information learned from this training data to give us a better high-resolution reconstruction.
However, at first we did not have enough information of 3D scenes such as geometry, materials, and textures, leading to a gap between the reconstruction and the physical rendering results. Therefore, we introduced these 3D information as input features to produce a better result.
Technically, the D5 R & D team has done the following:
First, we use high-resolution albedo and normal information to reconstruct texture and geometric features.
Then we bring in reflection, transparency, metal, and roughness info to optimize reflection and highlight effects.
To further improve the reconstruction result, we used a new algorithm. It improves the original ESRGAN neural network and uses a dual-stream network to process low-resolution original images and high-resolution channel information graphs respectively. We used relative L1 loss to enhance the supervision on pixel error and perceptual loss, and introduce adversarial loss to improve the super-resolution result.
Finally, we used U-shaped network structure to replace some Residual Dense Blocks in the ESRGAN, so as to expand the sensing field range of feature extraction of high-resolution channel information maps and further improve the inference speed.
The word may sound a bit alien to you, but I'm sure you've bumped into it in daily life.
Check out these two images below – they give you a glimpse of what caustics usually look like.
Alright, let's break it down. By definition, caustics refer to light's journey from the light source, bouncing off or bending at the specular surface (be it once or multiple times), then hitting a diffuse surface, and finally contributing to what a camera or your eyes capture.
If we were to sketch this out on an optical path analysis diagram, it would look something like this:
The light ray hits the glass bunny twice, refracts, then strikes the diffuse tabletop before finally making its way into the camera.
When will Caustics Appear?
Based on the definition of caustics, we can boil it down to three key ingredients that give rise to this phenomenon:
A light source that emits the light rays (to be exact, caustic photons);
A specular surface that reflects or refracts light (like glass, metal, and so on);
A diffuse surface that presents the caustics.
Here's a fun fact: in real life, any light can cause caustics. But in rendering engines, caustics are simulated by having the light source emit what we call 'caustic photons'.
Some "Stereotypes" about Caustics
For a long time, the vast majority of rendering software users have had two big stereotypes about caustics rendering:
The principles of caustics are abstract and require learning how to set a series of parameters.
Caustics are an "advanced" effect, thus requiring a long time to render it.
These two issues do exist. Caustics are all about how light sources and materials work together. To get caustics right, you have to fine-tune the light parameters, figure out the translucency of the material, and get the sampling parameters spot on. If anything goes wrong here, caustics won't look good. Moreover, it does take some time for caustics to settle into a noise-free result, and all rendering software are working hard to speed things up.
D5 Real-time Caustics Solution
D5 Render introduces the caustics rendering feature in version 2.5. For the headaches with caustics, D5 comes up with the following two highlight solutions:
D5 has turned those complicated caustics parameters into easy switches in the light and material panels. So, with just two clicks, you can get a nice caustics effect. No more fiddling with parameters - it's all preset and ready to go.
In D5, four basic light sources (point light, spotlight, strip light and rect light) can all emit caustics. The "custom" material can present reflective caustics, while "water" and "transparent" materials can handle both reflective and refractive caustics.
D5 Render's caustics feature is now real-time. That means the feedback between light and material is super clear and fast. No more waiting around - you see the changes as they happen.
In real-time rendering, we dial down the accuracy of caustics a bit to boost performance.
But when it comes to producing images or videos, the accuracy will be further improved, requiring more memory.
Behind the Stage
To put it simply, D5 generates real-time caustics like this:
First, it sends out photons from a light source and lets them bounce around, reflecting and refracting. It then records their position and color in space.
Next, using the position and color info of these photons, it performs scattering calculations to figure out the caustics effect in screen space.
Then, it reduces the temporal and spatial noise in the caustics effect, before finally layering it onto the image.
How to Create Caustics in D5
Take this scene as an example:
The BE WATER Lamp is made of a glass tube model with a uneven surface.
(Note: You can also create a uneven look with a normal map which affects caustics as well. )
To rotate the glass tube, you can set a keyframe animation for it in D5's video mode, or create one in DCC software and import it into D5 as an .abc file.
Then, place some light sources under the rotating glass tube and turn on their Caustics switch. After selecting the material of the glass tube, change its material template to 'Transparent' and switch on 'Caustics'.
The caustics effect will immediately appear, making the BE WATER lamp life-like.
You can adjust the Caustics Intensity and Softness parameters of the light to get the desired effect:
Are you ready to be a part of history? D5 Render has been around for 10 amazing updates. And we couldn't have done it without you!
To celebrate this milestone, we're launching this campaign where you can share the story with D5 Render. We want to hear how our software has helped you achieve your goals or simply made your life easier.
But that's not all! By sharing your story with us, you'll have the chance to win some amazing prizes!
We'll be selecting the best submissions and rewarding each of them with $200, as well as featuring their entries on our official site.
So what are you waiting for? Join us in the celebration now!
CONGRATULATIONS to Taylor Lowe on winning D5 'Share Your Story' campaign. Taylor shared with us in detail how D5 has helped create exciting stages. These memories mean a lot to us. We also thank everyone who has been supporting D5 Render for so long! All of you have inspired us to keep moving forward.
How to Participate
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Boost Your Renderings: D5 Asset Library for Rapid High-Quality Scene Building
As an architectural/interior designer, do you ever find yourself spending countless hours searching for the perfect models and materials during the visualization process? Well, fear not because with D5 Render's built-in asset library, all of that can be a thing of the past!
D5 Model Library is full of high-quality and up-to-date models that are perfect for architectural, landscape, and interior design projects. With its vast selection, filling up your scenes has never been faster!
Animated Models, Particles
What's more, D5 Render helps designers bring their designs to life in animations that vividly convey the design concept and atmosphere.
With a wide range of high-precision dynamic models available at your fingertips, it's easy to create stunning animations that showcase your design in all its glory.
Unlike traditional rendering software that requires complex material nodes, adjusting materials in D5 is a breeze and you can see the changes in real-time.
But wait, it gets even better! D5 also offers a wide variety of high-quality materials that you can use right out of the box.
4 Best Tips of Realistic Environmental Lighting for Architecture
Realistic environmental lighting is essential for architecture visualization as it allows architects and clients to accurately evaluate a building's design in different lighting conditions. Lighting can significantly impact the appearance and mood of a space, and realistic lighting helps to convey the true feeling and ambiance of a building.
In this article, we'll introduce 4 best practices to create realistic exterior environmental lighting.
Use Real-World Lighting Data
Use real-world lighting data such as the position of the sun, the intensity of daylight, and the direction of shadows to create accurate lighting simulations. It's particularly easy to achieve with D5 Render's geographic sky system.
After setting the location, date and time, D5 will automatically reproduce the local lighting condition, which is a convenient way to create sunny days.
Pease note that time and north offset angle decide from which side the sun shines, thus casting shadows accordingly. It's better to have a contrast between light and shade on the building.
Use Clouds to Create a Nice Background
Imagine a serene sky with fluffy white clouds lazily drifting by, forming a picturesque scene that captures the imagination. Luckily, you can create life-like clouds in D5 with just one click.
After turning the 'cloud' option on, the sky will become rich and beautiful.
Choose an Appropriate HDRI Map
An appropriate HDRI is critical to creating different environmental lighting for a cloudy/twilight/night/... sky.
You can use the built-in HDRIs of D5 or import your own.
For example, if we want the sunset to spill over the building, choose a dim HDRI such as 'early morning' and turn down the skylight and background brightness.
Set a Proper Sun for the HDRI
If you feel the HDRI's preset sun is not an optimal choice to light up the scene, you can switch on the 'sun' option reinforce and customize the sunlight.
Please keep in mind that a proper sun direction is critical. As we've said before, it's better to rotate the HDRI and cast the sunlight from the building's side. This way, the light and shade makes the building look more solid.
Another point many neglects is that the sun needs enough height to light up the foreground. Otherwise, the scene will look dim. So, make sure to adjust the sun's altitude to a proper height.
Different from traditional offline rendering engines that require experience with node settings, D5 Render's real-time rendering feature allows users to quickly and easily adjust the environmental lighting in their 3D scenes. With real-time editing capabilities, users can experiment with different lighting setups and see the results instantly, saving time and enabling them to achieve the desired look and feel for their projects.
One-Click Solution to Create Building Materials for Arch Designers
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Building materials play a crucial role in architectural visualization. They are essential components that can greatly enhance the realism and detail of any project. However, creating realistic textures for building materials can be a time-consuming and challenging task, especially when using offline rendering engines. This is where real-time rendering comes in, offering designers and clients instant visualization of every change on the texture. Architectural designs are presented in a more engaging way.
D5 Render is an excellent example of a real-time rendering engine that has gained popularity among architects and designers.
The use of different building materials can create texture, color, and contrast, adding visual interest and enhancing the overall appeal of the structure. For example, combining glass and steel with brick or wood can create a unique and striking design that draws attention and creates a memorable impression.
D5 Render takes the real-time raytracing solution to present common building materials such as concrete, wood, glass, and more in an attractive way. Designers now have the ability to express their design concepts to clients in a more authentic and precise manner, and clients can have confidence that they truly understand the designer's vision as well.
Create Realistic Building Materials with Ease in D5 Render
D5 Asset Library is an excellent resource for designers who are looking to create realistic architectural visualizations quickly and easily. It contains a vast selection of out-of-the-box building materials, including concrete, steel, brick, wood, glass, and stone, as well as other materials like fabrics, plastics, and ceramics.
Materials in D5 Asset Library are of high quality, and they can be easily customized to fit the specific needs of each project.
Drag and drop one onto the object surface. Then you can edit its color, pattern size or roughness. D5 requires no experience of material node editing, so you can intuitively make realistic building materials with ease.
Apart from complete textures in the library, designers also have the option of material templates. D5 prepares a dozen of templates for glass, paint, displacement and more, which makes it easy to start from scratch.
Quicker, Easier Animation Rendering for Commercial Streets with New D5 Assets
D5 Asset Library has launched a new "Commercial Street Assets Collection," containing 131 new high-quality and widely-used items for commercial complexes and urban planning, reducing the time wasted searching for or building ornamental models.
The D5 Team created a complete street block with these assets. You can refer to the combinations in this scene, or customize your own by using the "Group" feature in D5.
We believe the new collection will help you produce more attractive and realistic animations.
*Find the new models by searching "commercial street" in D5 Asset Library.
*85 new assets in Road > Street Views/Road Facilities/Traffic Signs, Vehicle > Small-Sized
Street infrastructure plays an indispensable role in architectural and urban planning projects.
The D5 Works Team did multiple surveys to make facility models that better cater to the needs of different regions.
Based on that, the new animated traffic lights feature automatic countdowns.
High-precision animated vehicles with options to turn the lights on/off and switch between left and right steering.
The collection also encompasses commonly used traffic signs, bus stops, and modular metal railings, all tailored to better align with local demands.
You can also find street lights, light pole banners, animated flags, speed bumps and traffic barriers.
02 Neon Signs
*37 new neon signs and billboards in Commercial > Billboards
In real-life urban streets, colorful neon lights and ad lightboxes often deliver an energetic atmosphere.
D5 Asset Library now offers a wide range of new neon signs, billboards, and directional signs for various commercial spaces.
Powered by the exceptional emissive algorithm of D5 Render, these neon signs can precisely give off lights according to the color of maps, allowing to create compelling visuals with accurate lighting details.
You can customize the color and maps of neon signs, changing their looks for different scenes.
03 Commercial Exterior Decorations
*39 new models in Commercial > Exterior, Landscape > Outdoor Furniture/Outdoor Components
To facilitate the rapid construction of street-side areas, D5 Asset Library includes an array of elements such as outdoor dining sets with parasols.
Other assets such as sunshades, flower boxes, edging tree rings, and benches will further enrich the scene.
The “Commercial Street Assets Collection” is now available in D5 Asset Library. Don’t forget to find them by searching “commercial street” and give them a try!
D5 Widgets | Merge Rendering Projects for Better, Easier Arch Studio Teamwork
When working on large projects, arch design studios often assign different parts of the architecture to different team members. This way, everyone can focus on what they do best and get things done faster. But the catch is that the software they use for visualizing the project has to allow this kind of collaboration.
Luckily, D5 Render has the perfect fix for better, easier teamwork: Merge Project.
Merge Projects in D5 Render is a solution for seamlessly combining different visualization projects into one! With this innovative feature, you can now effortlessly merge various parts of the design created by different team members and bring them together in a single, cohesive masterpiece.
Take this SketchUp project as an example.
You can divide the project into two parts including the main site and the surrounding context.
After importing to D5 Render, separate them as two scene files. Then you and your colleague can dive into the visualization of two parts at the same time.
When completing the two parts, you can merge them into one.
How to Use Merge Project
Please first go to Menu > Preference > Widgets and turn "Merge Project" on.
After importing the divided models into D5 Render, save the scene file and create as many copies as your team needs. Then, you and your colleagues can simultaneously work on different scene files. Remember to delete irrelevant parts of each scene file and save them.
Now, you are all set to merge projects.
Go to the D5 welcome page > Recent and click the icon in the upper right corner.
Add the projects you need to merge.
Here you will see that D5 Render can merge imported models, nature models, light sources, and other D5 assets, scene lists, video clips, and render queues.
You can merge all or some of them.
Finally, choose the file path where you want to save the project and start merging.
It's very fast to combine these projects together in D5. So, no need to worry about wasting time waiting.
Now, you can set post-processing effects as you need or output high-quality animations.
Powered by D5's real-time rendering solution, everything is visualized on the fly.
Leading AI Architecture Design Tool with Real-Time Rendering Integration
Architects are known for their innovative ideas when designing buildings and spaces. However, the process of turning concepts into visuals can be time-consuming and mentally exhausting, and it's common for designers to experience creative blocks or even lose their initial ideas during the process.
That's why D5 Hi, an AI conceptual design tool, was born: to help architects capture their concepts in a quick yet creative way, making design easier than starting from scratch yourself.
Despite being the most popular AI image tools currently available, stable diffusion and mid journey have steep learning curves when it comes to practical application in architecture. D5 Hi, however, is specifically designed and trained for spatial design, and is also integrated with real-time rendering software D5 Render, ensuring that architects can quickly and easily bring AI-generated spatial concepts to life.
Imagine having D5 Hi that seamlessly integrates into your architecture design workflow, allowing you to simply input basic sketches or even describe your ideas with words, and watch as D5 Hi generates 2D visuals with accuracy and impressive creativity.
Designers can convert these visualizations into stunning 3D walkthroughs/animations using D5 Render, significantly boosting work efficiency.
Put simply, the AI-powered architecture design workflow is:
D5 Hi for Rendering Refinements
"I uploaded a render I did on D5 (the left image) and then just prompted 'house, twilight' in D5 Hi with the Accurate mode (the right image). I find it VERY useful to check how the lighting should look and the overall ambiance of the scene. Then I can adjust my render for something similar(the third image)," said Xavier Alonso Mayorgarodz.
Image Credit: Xavier Alonso Mayorgarodz
D5 Hi for Rendering Atmosphere Previews
Jamstech Studios uploaded their own SketchUp model onto D5 Hi and generated stunning conceptual images, providing clear direction for the atmosphere.
These conceptual images also provide clients with a quick preview, allowing them to choose their preferred atmosphere, thus avoiding the need for repetitive modifications during the later stages of the visualization process.
Image Credit: Jamstech Studios
Quoc Phan, a professional interior designer, also tested the AI-powered concept-rendering workflow. He can "rely on the D5 Hi generated images as the basis of my complete project using D5 Render."
Lumion vs D5 Render which is better for architects
In the traditional architecture industry, design and visualization were two separate processes. Visualization was often outsourced to specialized companies.
However, with the advancement of technology, real-time rendering has become more accessible and user-friendly, providing architects with greater convenience. They can now see their designs come to life instantly and make adjustments on the fly. Design and rendering have become complementary partners.
So, which real-time renderer is the best design and visualization tool for architects? This article will walk you through two leading engines in the industry: D5 Render and Lumion.
Real-Time Raytracing Rendering
D5 and Lumion both offer real-time rendering capabilities. Although Lumion 2023 has promoted raytracing as its major upgrade, D5 Render was already equipped with real-time raytracing when it was launched in 2020.
So, how does the real-time raytracing performance of Lumion and D5 compare?
Architects using Lumion may experience a significant discrepancy between the viewport and the final rendering results. They need to refresh the preview frequently and wait for some time to determine the rendering outcome.
On the other hand, D5's viewport provides genuine real-time rendering, ensuring architects can see what they will get and saving them a considerable amount of time. Besides, the viewport is a huge plus when a client needs a real-time 3D walkthrough.
Light and Shadow
Light and shadow are critical to realistic rendering because they convey mood and emotion, and depict the illusion of objects in a scene. The accuracy of light and shadow depends on the algorithm used by the rendering engine.
It can be observed that D5 displays more accurate lighting transitions, as evidenced by the shadows cast by the buildings onto the floor, while Lumion appears to have lost this detail.
Glass reflection is an area where D5's real-time rendering outperforms Lumion's.
In D5 Render, nearby objects are accurately reflected in the glass, while Lumion fails to achieve this level of realism.
Even with raytracing on, Lumion's rendering of curved glass lacks the necessary reflections to create a convincing image.
Animation means a lot to architecture design. By creating animated walkthroughs and flyovers of a building or space, architects can provide clients with a more immersive and engaging experience.
As you can see, D5 only took 1/10 of the time Lumion took to render this 6-second animation, and that was with Lumion using only 2-star quality.
D5 Render has 1,037 animated models and particles including nature, vehicle, animal, character, and ornament. All of them can be precisely presented by raytracing.
Lumion doesn't state how many animated models there are in its content library. Yet it should be noted that animated models are not converted to raytracing engine in Lumion.
For reference, while Lumion 2023 comes with 227 new models, D5 has released over 450 new models since its latest update D5 2.4, including 220+ animated trees and flowers for architecture and landscape design.
D5 Render currently has 9,384 models, 2,036 materials and 76 particles.
Lumion 2023 has 7,130 models (and other contents) and 1,452 materials.
As previously mentioned, D5's viewport is highly accurate, allowing architects to see the final output result while designing the animation.
Lumion, according to its release note, does not currently support raytracing for animated objects. And "there can be noise/glimmering in movies with RT, depending on the lighting of the scene and camera movements. Low light conditions and fast camera movements are known to cause this."
Overall, D5 Render is superior to Lumion in many ways. Whether you are an architectural designer or an architectural visualizer, D5's real-time raytracing solution undoubtedly improves your efficiency.
D5 enables you to accurately see the final rendering before output, presenting realistic light and shadow and reflections. With the abundant and high-quality D5 Asset Library, you can take the animation rendering up a notch.
D5 Render is a real-time ray tracing renderer for architects, landscape, interior designers, engineers and other 3D professionals. It is fully compatible with SketchUp, 3ds Max, Revit, Archicad, Rhino, C4D and Blender with live-sync support.
The proprietary Global Illumination technology, D5 GI, sets D5 Render apart by delivering the highest quality lighting and shading effects without sacrificing workflow efficiency. As an industry-leading real-time rendering solution, D5 allows you to see every modification to your scene in real time with trustworthy preview and higher FPS. It renders images, videos and panoramas fast enough to leave time for fine-tuning or further edits.
D5 Render now fully supports NVIDIA DLSS 3, bringing a new real-time experience to architects, designers and 3D artists, improving the efficiency and overall experience of the creative process.
Prior to this integration, D5 had already integrated DLSS 2, which leverages Super Resolution Sampling to enhance real-time image clarity and rendering speed. DLSS 3 is a significant upgrade to DLSS 2, with improvements in real-time smoothness. This process greatly improves the real-time performance of D5, allowing designers to work with larger scenes, higher-quality models and textures without sacrificing speed or interactivity. By combining DLSS FG and RS technologies, D5 is set to deliver an unprecedented creative experience for architects, designers, and 3D artists.
Let's take a look at the data comparison.
*At 3840 x 2160 resolution on GeForce RTX 4090
*DLSS3 OFF: Around 31-38 fps
*DLSS3 ON: Around 59-61 fps
Frame rate during operation
*DLSS3 OFF: Around 36-38fps
*DLSS3 ON: Around 59-67fps
*DLSS3 OFF: Around 31-36fps
*DLSS3 ON: Around 68-70fps
We can see that the smoothness of operation is exponentially increased.
The integration of DLSS 3 with D5 marks a milestone in the real-time rendering industry. With advanced rendering capabilities and real-time performance, D5 is poised to revolutionize the way architects, designers and 3D artists work, opening up new possibilities for creativity and innovation.
*DLSS Frame Generation requires GeForce RTX 40 series graphics card, and when you open D5, it will be turned on by default. You can turn it off manually if you need to. Also, you need to enable “Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling".
Phasing animation is a technique used in interior showcases to visually demonstrate the various stages of a design project. It involves creating animated transitions that show how space transforms from one state to another, helping designers effectively communicate their design concepts and highlight specific design elements.
With offline rendering tools, it might be a hard nut to crack because designers can only imagine how a phasing animation will look before outputting one. Yet with D5 Render, a real-time rendering engine, you can preview the animation and make adjustments anytime.
The D5 Render animation tool allows designers to add animated effects such as lighting changes, material transitions, and camera movements, creating an immersive and engaging experience for viewers. With its user-friendly interface and intuitive controls, D5 Render can help designers efficiently create phasing animations that effectively communicate their design concepts, making it an essential tool for interior design visualization.
220+ new animated plant models in D5 Asset Library
The 220+ new animated vegetation models in the D5 Asset Library are designed to meet the needs of different landscape projects, ranging from small-scale residential gardens to large public spaces and urban developments.
When paired with animation, these animated plant models will take your projects up a notch.
You can find all of them by searching “new spring plants” in the library.
20 new topiary trees at Nature > Broadleaf/Conifer
41 new high-precision flowering trees at Nature > Flowering Tree
Shaped and flowering trees add to the beauty of a landscape design. They provide a focal point for space and can create a sense of balance and harmony. These trees can also be used to create different shapes and patterns, adding interest and variety to the overall design.
For this park, we used new animated models, including cherry trees and various shaped pine trees.
They are highly realistic and detailed, with accurate representation of leaves, branches, and other natural features, making them ideal for close-ups.
04 | Fruit trees
24 new fruit trees at Nature > Broadleaf
There are also new fruit trees such as lemon, cherry, orange and many more.
Revit is a powerful tool for building information modeling (BIM), which allows architects, engineers, and construction professionals to create, design, and manage building data in a collaborative way.
With the update of Revit 2024 comes some exciting new features including Site Tools for landscape designers and bar bending details. In response to popular demand, Revit 2024 has also introduced a dark theme.
Working with this professional design software, architects and landscape designers may need to visualize their Revit models in a realistic and immersive way, allowing them to quickly make changes, improve collaboration, and better communicate design ideas.
Thus, real-time rendering provided by D5 Render comes in handy for an instant preview of design projects.
Real-time rendering for Revit 2024
Workflow: D5 Render's perfect compatibility with Revit 2024 takes this BIM software up a notch. It has a livesync plugin to connect with Revit 2024 so that designers can see their projects rendered on the fly.
Environment: With D5, Revit designers can see how the architecture will look in the context. To better deliver a building's functionality and aesthetics, architects can make visible environment changes such as the weather, the greenery and the light.
Animation: Walkthrough animations provide a virtual tour of the building, allowing viewers to experience the space from a first-person perspective and get a sense of its scale, layout, and functionality. Revit designers can easily make an animation for their projects, delivering design ideas more effectively to clients.
Built-in asset library: Architects and landscape designers using Revit 2024 no longer need to search for models or materials over the Internet. With D5's built-in asset library including over 2,000 textures and 9,000 models, it's never been easier to build a rich and touching context for the building.
D5 Render has a livesync plugin, D5 Converter, for livesync with Revit 2024. You can sync perspectives, materials, models, and lights from Revit to D5. Later changes made in Revit can also been synced in real time.
7 Key elements of Modern Mexican Interior Design in 2023
Are you looking to add a touch of modernity to your living space? Look no further than modern Mexican interior design! This fusion of traditional Mexican design elements with contemporary styles creates a visually stunning and unique aesthetic that is both warm and inviting. In this article, we'll dive deeper into the beauty of modern Mexican interior design and explore its key characteristics, color palettes, and furniture choices.
What is Modern Mexican Interior Design
Mexican modernism interior design takes inspiration from traditional Mexican design elements, such as talavera tiles, hand-carved wooden furniture, and bright, bold colors. However, it also incorporates modern touches such as clean lines, minimalistic design, and a focus on functionality. The result is a perfect balance of old-world charm and contemporary elegance.
1. Color Palettes
The colors used in modern Mexican interior design are bold and vibrant. They include rich shades of red, orange, and yellow, as well as earthy tones like terracotta and sage green. To balance out these bold hues, designers often incorporate neutral colors like beige, white, and black. These palettes create a warm and inviting ambiance that is perfect for any home.
In addition to bold colors and neutral tones, lighting plays a crucial role in Modern Mexican interior design. The use of natural light is highly valued, and that's where D5 Render's HDRI and geographic sun come in. With D5 Render's advanced lighting features, designers can create realistic and dynamic lighting effects that mimic natural sunlight, adding depth and dimension to any interior space. The HDRI and geographic sun features also allow designers to experiment with different lighting scenarios, helping to achieve the perfect balance of light and color in any room.
2. Furniture Choices
When it comes to furniture choices in modern Mexican interior design, natural materials like wood, leather, and wrought iron are often used. Furniture is often handcrafted, with intricate details and unique designs. Sofas, chairs, and tables are upholstered in rich fabrics like velvet, suede, or cotton, adding an extra layer of comfort and luxury to the space.
Lighting is a crucial aspect of modern Mexican interior design, as it sets the mood and tone of the space. Designers often incorporate traditional Mexican lighting fixtures like colorful glass lanterns or wrought-iron chandeliers. These fixtures not only provide adequate lighting but also serve as statement pieces that add to the overall ambiance of the room.
4. Accessories and Decor
Accessories and decor in modern Mexican interior design include traditional Mexican pottery, woven textiles, and handcrafted accents like wooden bowls and vases. These unique pieces add a personal touch to the space and serve as conversation starters. Designers also often incorporate plants and greenery, adding a natural element that complements the warm and earthy color palettes.
Texture is another essential element of Mexican interior design. From rustic wood finishes to woven textiles, the use of texture helps to add depth and character to a room. Materials like clay, stone, and terracotta are also commonly used to create a sense of authenticity and connection to the natural surroundings.
With D5 Render's PBR (Physically-Based Rendering) material library, designers can take their use of texture to the next level. By using high-quality textures that are based on real-world materials, designers can create a truly immersive experience that brings the beauty of Mexican interior design to life. Whether it's the rough texture of a stone wall or the smooth finish of a clay pot, D5 Render's PBR materials make it easy to achieve an authentic and visually stunning result.
6. Handcrafed items
One of the most distinctive features of Mexican interior design is the use of handcrafted items. From hand-painted tiles to embroidered textiles, incorporating these unique and often one-of-a-kind pieces can add a touch of artistry and individuality to any space.
Finally, plants are a crucial element of Mexican interior design. Whether it's a potted cactus or a hanging fern, plants help to bring a sense of the natural world into any space. They can also add color and texture and help to purify the air, making them both aesthetically pleasing and practical. And by the way, both cactus and fern are so easy to take care of. We strongly recommend them.
With D5 Render's vast asset library of plants, including a variety of cacti and ferns, designers can easily add these elements to their interior designs with just a few clicks. Plus, with D5's hyper-realistic rendering capabilities, the plants will look just like the real thing, adding an extra layer of authenticity to any design.
In conclusion, modern Mexican interior design is a perfect blend of traditional Mexican elements with contemporary design styles. By incorporating bold color palettes, natural materials, handcrafted furniture, and unique accessories, designers can create a warm and inviting living space that is both visually stunning and functional. So, if you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your home, consider exploring the beauty of modern Mexican interior design.
And with D5 Render, bringing your modern Mexican interior design to life has never been easier. With its lightning-fast rendering speeds and high-quality output, you can see your vision come to life in stunning detail. With D5 Render’s light library, you can experiment with thousands of options. Plus, D5 Render's compatibility with external resources and materials means that you can incorporate even more unique and authentic elements into your designs. Don't settle for a mediocre visualization of your design, choose D5 Render and experience the beauty of modern Mexican interior design like never before.
Quixel Bridge to D5 Render workflow for architecture designers
Quixel Bridge is a powerful asset management tool designed for 3D artists and designers. With Quixel Bridge, you can easily access a vast library of over 11,000 assets, including photorealistic scans, PBR materials, and 3D models, all of which are carefully curated and optimized for real-time rendering.
A real-time rendering tool, like D5 Render, allows you to make changes to your scene on the fly, which means you can see designs visualized and improved before they are exported.
The integration of D5 with Quixel Bridge provides designers and 3d artists with a powerful toolset to visualize their projects quickly and efficiently.
Still struggle to find high-quality 3d assets within a short design period? You should try the Quixel-D5 Render workflow!
Time-and-energy efficient workflow for designers
Nowadays, architectural, interior or landscape designers have a higher demand for realistic real-time visualizations to make informed decisions about the design and test different options before committing to a final design.
In this process, designers will need tons of materials, models or other assets to complete a scene within a very short time. Luckily, Quixel Bridge, one of the largest 3d asset libraries, simplifies the process of finding, importing, and organizing high-quality 3D assets.
Together with D5 Render, a free real-time rendering tool, Quixel Bridge speeds up the scene building for designers so that they can focus more on their creations. As D5 Render also has a built-in asset library that has over 10,000 models, materials and particles, you will no longer need to rummage through the Internet to collect assets.
Animation with the dynamic assets in Quixel Bridge and D5 Asset Library
Animation is an essential tool for architectural designers to bring their designs to life and create engaging visualizations. When used together with animated assets, such as people, cars, and plants, it can add an extra layer of realism and immersion to the visualization. The high-quality dynamic assets from Quixel Bridge and D5 Asset Library will take your animations up a notch.
Unlike other real-time rendering software that has a obvious inconsistency between preview and output, the real-time raytracing solution of D5 Render enables designers to have a precise preview of how the animation will look, saving time for review after render.
Seamless integration with Quixel Bridge
D5 Render has a Quixel-D5 conversion tool that allows users to convert Quixel assets (.fbx) into D5 format (.d5a), complete with texture maps.
This tool streamlines the workflow between Quixel and D5 Render, making it easy to import high-quality assets into your visualizations.
Japandi style is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian interior design that has gained immense popularity in recent years. It is the perfect blend of the minimalist and functional aesthetic of Scandinavian design with the traditional and natural elements of Japanese design.
In this article, we will explore 12 Japandi living room design ideas that will inspire you to create a serene and harmonious space in your home.
What is Japandi Interior Design?
Japandi style interior design is a combination of two design styles – Japanese and Scandinavian. Japanese interior design emphasizes the use of natural materials, earthy tones, and a connection to nature. Scandinavian design, on the other hand, is characterized by simplicity, functionality, and minimalism. Japandi style combines these two styles to create a harmonious and peaceful space that is both functional and beautiful.
12 Japandi Living Room Design Ideas
1.Use Neutral Colors: Japandi style emphasizes neutral colors such as beige, white, and grey. These colors create a calming and serene atmosphere in the living room.
The Material Editor in D5 Render allows you to select a material from the library and modify its properties, including color, texture, and other attributes. To change the color of a material, you can simply select the material from the library and then adjust the color settings in the Material Editor.
2.Incorporate Wood: Wood is a crucial element of Japandi living room interior design. Use light-colored wood for flooring or furniture to create a natural and warm feel in the living room.
3.Set up room divider: A room divider can be a great addition to a Japandi living room, as it adds visual interest and can create a sense of separation without closing off the space completely. Consider using a simple wooden screen or a Japanese-style shoji screen to divide the room while still maintaining a cohesive design aesthetic.
4.Add Japanese-inspired Decor: Japanese-inspired decor, such as a shoji screen(as mentioned just now) or a tatami mat, adds an authentic touch to your Japandi living room. Incorporate a traditional Japanese shoji screen to create separation between the living room and other areas of the house.
5.Use Natural Light: One of the key elements of Japandi living room interior design is the use of natural light. To maximize natural light in your living room, consider using light curtains or blinds that allow sunlight to filter through while providing privacy.
D5 Render's geographic sun feature can simulate the angle and intensity of natural light at different times of day, allowing you to experiment with different lighting scenarios before making any changes to your living room.
In addition, paper lanterns are a simple and affordable way to add soft lighting to your living room while adding a decorative touch. With D5 Render's PBR materials, you can accurately visualize the way light interacts with different surfaces and textures in your living room, giving you a more realistic idea of how your space will look and feel.
6.Create a Reading Nook: Japandi living rooms are all about relaxation and comfort. Create a cozy reading nook with a comfortable chair, soft lighting, and a stack of books.
7.Keep it clutter-free: Japandi living room interior design is all about simplicity and minimalism. Keep your living room clutter-free and only add items that serve a purpose.
8.Incorporate panelling: Japandi style emphasizes natural materials, and paneling is a perfect way to add texture and warmth to your living room walls. Consider using wood or bamboo paneling to create a feature wall or to cover an entire room. This technique can be especially effective in large living rooms or open-plan spaces. The paneling can also serve as a backdrop for your furniture and decor, creating a cohesive and harmonious space.
And with the help of D5 Render's PBR materials, the natural texture of the wood or bamboo paneling can be highlighted and enhanced. PBR, or physically based rendering, allows for a more accurate representation of materials in 3D rendering, including how light interacts with them. This means that the wood or bamboo paneling in your living room can look even more realistic, with its unique grain patterns and texture shining through. With the use of PBR materials, your Japandi living room can achieve an even more authentic and inviting feel.
9.Incorporate Textures: Incorporating textures into a Japandi living room is a great way to add depth and warmth to the space. As mentioned earlier, panelling is a fantastic way to incorporate natural wood texture into the room. To add even more texture, consider adding a woven rug or a knit throw blanket to the space. These elements not only add visual interest to the room but also create a sense of coziness and comfort. Textures can also be incorporated through the use of cushions, curtains, and other soft furnishings. Don't be afraid to mix and match textures to create a dynamic and inviting living room.
10.Mix and Match Furniture: Japandi design encourages the use of different furniture styles. Mix and match pieces to create a unique and eclectic look. However, in general, Rounded furniture pieces, like a curved sofa or circular coffee table, can soften the sharp edges of a Japandi living room and create a cozy atmosphere.Tatami mats are traditional Japanese flooring mats that can add a touch of authenticity to your Japandi living room.
11.Add Plants: Plants are a crucial element of Japandi design. Incorporate plants in your living room to add a natural and organic touch to the space. Choose easy-to-care-for plants like succulents or snake plants.
12.Incorporate art: Japandi living room design incorporates art with a minimalist and simple style. Consider using black and white photographs, paintings, or sculptures to add visual interest.
In conclusion, Japandi living room design is a beautiful blend of Japanese and Scandinavian design that creates a calm and serene atmosphere in your home. With these 12 Japandi living room design ideas, you can create a peaceful and harmonious space that you'll love spending time in.
Don't forget to use D5 Render for visualizing your Japandi living room design and bringing your ideas to life!
10 Modern Coastal Interior Design Ideas for Tranquil Home in 2023
Embrace the beauty of the seaside with these 10 modern coastal interior design ideas that will transport you straight to the beach. Imagine the salty breeze, the sound of crashing waves, and the warmth of the sun as you infuse your home with the calm and relaxed atmosphere of coastal living. From nautical accents to natural textures, these design ideas will inspire you to create a tranquil sanctuary that reflects your personal style. So, let's dive in and explore the endless possibilities of coastal interior design!
What is Coastal interior design?
Coastal interior design evokes the essence of the seaside, inviting the tranquility of the ocean into your home. By utilizing a soothing color palette, natural textures, and nautical accents, you can transform any space into a serene coastal haven. With the addition of greenery and other organic elements, this style can transport you to the beach even when you're miles away.
1.Embrace Neutral Colors
Coastal interior design is all about using a neutral color palette. Whites, beige, light blues, and greens are great colors to use in your home, especially for modern coastal interior design. These colors create a calm and serene atmosphere and make your space feel light and airy.
By using D5 Render, you can create stunning visualizations of your modern coastal interior design ideas. The software's advanced rendering capabilities allow you to experiment with different color palettes and visualize the effects of different lighting conditions on your space. By incorporating neutral colors like whites, beige, and light blues, you can create a calming and inviting atmosphere that's perfect for coastal living. With D5 Render, you can bring your vision to life and create a truly immersive and engaging visual experience for your clients or potential buyers.
2.Incorporate Natural Materials
To enhance the coastal vibe in your home, it's essential to use natural materials like wood, rattan, and linen. These materials bring a sense of warmth and texture to your space, and they work well with the neutral color palette.
3.Use Blue Accents Blue is the color of the sea, and it's a great color to use in your coastal interior design. You can use blue accents like throw pillows, curtains, or even a blue accent wall to add a pop of color and bring the ocean into your home.
4.Add Some Plants
Plants are a great way to bring life and energy to your coastal interior design. They add a touch of greenery and freshness to your space, and they can help purify the air. Some great plants to consider include succulents, ferns, and palms.
D5 Render's asset library offers a wide range of 3D plant models that can be easily integrated into your design, allowing you to visualize the perfect placement and arrangement of plants in your living space. Succulents, ferns, and palms are great options that not only add a touch of greenery but also purify the air and provide a refreshing atmosphere.
5.Incorporate Nautical Elements
Nautical elements like rope, anchors, and ship wheels can add a touch of whimsy to your coastal interior design. These elements bring a sense of adventure and playfulness to your space, and they can be incorporated in small details like throw pillows or wall art. In modern coastal interior design, a wide window that lets all the sunlight come in is a perfect element as well.
6.Use Sheer Curtains
Sheer curtains are a great way to let in natural light and create a breezy, beachy atmosphere in your home. They're perfect for living rooms or bedrooms, and they work well with the neutral color palette. On daytime, simply let all the natural light come in is a good idea.
7.Create a Beachy Vignette
A beachy vignette is a small arrangement of items that evoke the feeling of the beach. This could be a collection of seashells, a jar of sand, or even a small piece of driftwood. Creating a beachy vignette is an easy and affordable way to add some coastal charm to your home. Although these items are very easy to get your hands on, they can still have unexpected decorative effects.
8.Mix and Match Patterns
Mixing and matching patterns is a great way to add some visual interest to your coastal interior design. Stripes, florals, panels and even animal prints can be used in your space to add some texture and depth.
9.Use Woven Textures
Think about the case that you live in a decent resort in Bali Indonesia, woven furniture are very popular items that coastal interior design resorts like to use in their balconies. No doubt, woven textures like rattan or wicker are great materials to use in your coastal interior design. They add a touch of texture and warmth to your space, and they're perfect for chairs, coffee tables, or even wall art.
10.Add Some Art
Bring your coastal interior design to life by incorporating art that speaks to you. Choose paintings or prints that capture the essence of the sea, from breathtaking seascapes to abstract pieces that evoke the ocean's rhythmic ebb and flow. Each piece of artwork adds a unique touch of color and personality to your space, allowing you to showcase your individual style and tastes. Don't be afraid to explore different options beyond what we've suggested. The possibilities are endless, and the right piece of art can truly elevate your coastal interior design.
Coastal interior design is a style that's perfect for anyone who wants to create a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere in their home. By using a neutral color palette, natural materials, blue accents, and incorporating nautical elements, you can create a space that's both peaceful and stylish. Remember to use plants and textures to add warmth and dimension to the space. Don't be afraid to mix and match different coastal elements to create a unique and personalized look. Whether you live near the beach or just want to bring a touch of coastal charm into your home, this style can be easily achieved with a few simple design techniques. By following the tips and ideas outlined in this article, you can transform your home into a coastal oasis that you'll love coming home to. Hope you like it.
D5 Render's asset library can help bring your coastal interior design vision to life. With a wide range of textures, furniture, and decor items available, you can easily create a 3D rendering of your design before implementing it in your home. D5 Render's photorealistic renders will allow you to visualize your space and make any necessary changes before committing to a design. So why not give it a try and see how D5 Render can help you create the coastal interior design of your dreams.
10 Japandi Bedroom Interior Design Trends You Need to Know in 2023
Are you looking for a Japandi bedroom design that combines the simplicity and elegance of Japanese aesthetics with the cozy and warm elements of Scandinavian design? Look no further than Japandi interior design. This hybrid style is gaining popularity for its minimalistic and calming approach to bedroom decor.
In this article, we'll explore 10 Japandi interior design ideas for your japandi bedroom that will help you create a serene and cozy retreat in your home.
What exactly is japandi interior design?
Japandi interior design is a fusion of two styles: Japanese and Scandinavian. It marries the simplicity and elegance of Scandinavian design with the minimalism and natural materials of Japanese design. Japandi interiors feature a neutral color palette, clean lines, and natural textures such as wood, bamboo, and rattan. It embraces the concept of wabi-sabi, finding beauty in imperfection and simplicity, and incorporates elements of nature to create a peaceful and serene environment. Japandi bedroom is not only aesthetically pleasing but also promotes a minimalist and sustainable lifestyle. It gained popularity particularly in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and many European countries.
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1.Minimalistic Color Palette
Very unlike the bold color postmodern interior design likes to use, one of the key elements of Japandi interior design is the use of a minimalistic color palette, especially for a Japandi bedroom. Stick to neutral shades like beige, white, and grey, with subtle pops of color like muted greens or blues. These colors help create a calm and serene atmosphere.
Japandi bedroom interior design also incorporates natural materials like wood, bamboo, and linen. These materials add warmth and texture to the room, while also bringing in elements of nature. Use a wooden headboard, bamboo blinds, or linen bedding to create a cozy and inviting space.
A minimalistic color palette and natural materials both are hallmarks of this style, and D5 Render can help you achieve it effortlessly. By using their extensive collection of PBR materials, you can choose the perfect shades of beige, white, and grey, and combine natural materials, creating a soothing and tranquil atmosphere in your bedroom.
Simplicity is a major aspect of Japandi bedroom interior design. Clean lines and simple forms are used in furniture and decor to create a streamlined and clutter-free space. Choose furniture pieces with straight lines and avoid ornate details or intricate patterns.
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Japandi interior design often uses low furniture pieces like platform beds and low-profile nightstands. These pieces not only create a cozy and intimate atmosphere but also add to the minimalist aesthetic.
D5 Render offers a vast library of 3D models that can help bring your Japandi bedroom interior design to life. By incorporating low-profile furniture pieces from the asset library, you can easily experiment with different layouts and styles until you find the perfect balance of minimalism and comfort.
The right lighting can make all the difference in creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere in your Japandi bedroom. Use warm-toned lighting like soft yellow or warm white bulbs to create a cozy ambiance.
By utilizing D5 Render's high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) and geographic sun features, you can create a realistic lighting environment for your Japandi bedroom interior design. The HDRI technology allows for accurate lighting and reflections, while the geographic sun feature simulates the position and angle of the sun based on your location. This ensures that your bedroom will have the perfect lighting to create a soothing and comfortable atmosphere.
6.Simple Wall Decor
Wall decor in Japandi interior design is kept simple and minimalistic. Hang a few pieces of artwork or a single tapestry to add some visual interest to the room, but avoid cluttering the walls with too many items.
Bringing in plants is a great way to add a touch of nature to your Japandi bedroom. Choose low-maintenance plants like snake plants or a bonsai tree to add some greenery without overwhelming the room.
With D5’s asset library, you can try out different option before you make your decision.
Japandi bedroom interior design often incorporates Japanese-inspired textiles like shibori or indigo-dyed fabrics. Use these textiles in your bedding, curtains, or throw pillows to add some visual interest and texture to the room.
A cozy rug is a must-have for any Japandi bedroom. Look for a simple, Scandinavian-inspired rug in neutral colors to add warmth and texture to the room.
When it comes to accessories in Japandi bedroom interior design, less is more. Stick to a few key pieces like a vase or a small sculpture to add some personality to the space without cluttering it.
In conclusion, Japandi interior design is the perfect choice for anyone looking to create a serene and cozy retreat in their home. With a focus on minimalism, natural materials, and clean lines, Japandi bedroom design is both calming and inviting. Incorporating these 10 Japandi bedroom interior design ideas into your space will help you create the perfect environment for rest and relaxation.
Note: D5 Render can help you visualize your Japandi bedroom interior design with its extensive library of 3D models and materials. Try it out to see how your ideas will look in real life! Plus, it’s completely free-to-use.
You must have heard of postmodern interior design from somewhere and its definition might be vague for you. You must have seen many completely different interior design styles that claim to be “Postmodern interior design.” You might just wonder what exactly is postmodern and how I can incorporate them into my house.
No worries. In this article, we'll explain what is postmodern interior design and explore the key characteristics of postmodern interior design and provide you with tips on how to incorporate this style into your own home.
What is postmodern interior design
Postmodern interior design is a style that is constantly evolving and changing. It is a design movement that emerged in the late 20th century and continues to inspire designers and architects today. This style is known for its eclectic mix of materials, textures, and colors, and its emphasis on individuality and creativity. It values individualism, irony, and self-awareness, making it a unique and dynamic style that challenges traditional design norms.
If you're interested in incorporating postmodern interior design into your home, there are a few key elements that you should keep in mind. Keep reading.
1. Bold Color Palettes
Postmodern interior design is known for its use of bold and vibrant colors. Designers often incorporate bright hues like fuchsia, turquoise, and chartreuse into their designs, as well as metallics like gold and silver.
2. Geometric Shapes and Patterns
Geometric shapes and patterns are another hallmark of postmodern interior design. From triangular bookshelves to hexagonal coffee tables, these shapes add visual interest and depth to a room.
D5 Render's asset library can provide an extensive range of 3D models with geometric shapes, such as hexagonal tables, triangular shelves, and other unique designs, perfect for incorporating postmodern interior design into your home. With a vast collection of assets at your disposal, you can mix and match shapes to create a unique and visually striking interior that perfectly reflects your style.
3. Mix of Materials
Postmodern interior design is all about mixing and matching different materials to create a unique look. You might see a leather sofa paired with a Lucite coffee table or a metal chair next to a wooden bookcase.
4. Eclectic mix of styles
Postmodern interior design often incorporates elements from a wide range of design styles, from mid-century modern to industrial to bohemian. This eclectic approach allows for a sense of personalization and individuality within a space.
5. Playful Shapes and Forms
Postmodern interior design often incorporates playful shapes and forms. You might see a chair that looks like a hand or a lamp that resembles a birdcage. These whimsical touches add a sense of fun and playfulness to a room.
Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important consideration in postmodern interior design. Many designers are incorporating eco-friendly materials and practices into their work, such as reclaimed wood and energy-efficient lighting.
With D5 Render's PBR material feature, designers can take their sustainability efforts even further by utilizing textures that simulate eco-friendly materials like bamboo and recycled glass. These materials not only look great in a postmodern design, but they also contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious home. By incorporating these materials and utilizing D5 Render's PBR feature, designers can make it not only look amazing but also make a positive impact on the planet.
7. Minimalism and Maximalism
Postmodern design is not tied to a single style or aesthetic, and often incorporates both minimal and maximal elements. Minimalism can be incorporated through clean lines and simple forms, while maximalism can be achieved through the use of bold colors, patterns, and textures. To create this balance in your home, consider incorporating a mix of minimalist and maximalist pieces.
By experimenting with bold colors, geometric shapes, and a mix of materials, incorporating postmodern interior design into your home can be a fun and rewarding experience.
The best cost-effective way to do it is to do it with D5 render. With features like advanced lighting, material editing, and asset library, D5 Render makes it easy to create the perfect postmodern interior design for your home. Plus, D5 Render is completely free-to-use.
Last, you should always remember that postmodern design encourages individuals to express their unique style and personality through their interior design choices.
How to Render in SketchUp Tips 101: From Beginner to Pro in Stunning Visuals
SketchUp is a popular 3D modeling software widely used by architects, designers, and engineers. It is known for its intuitive interface, ease of use, and versatility. However, SketchUp users probably often look for an equally handy rendering tool to work with it.
SketchUp lacks support for advanced lighting and material effects, making it difficult to create realistic visuals in SketchUp. It can be a drawback for architects and designers looking to showcase their designs to clients or colleagues.
While third-party plugins can produce high-quality renders, they can be expensive and require a significant amount of time and expertise to use effectively.
Therefore, we want to offer a time-and-energy efficient visualization solution for architects and designers: real-time ray-tracing rendering, which underlies rendering programs like D5 Render.
Here’s an ultimate guide for you to grasp real-time rendering for SketchUp in a very short time.
The walls of a room are like a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a work of art. With the right design, color, and texture, they can set the tone for the entire space. Whether you're looking to create a cozy atmosphere or a bold statement, there are endless possibilities for interior wall design. In this article, we'll explore 12 interior wall design styles and ideas to elevate your space.
The first interior wall design idea is accent wall. An accent wall is a great way to add depth and interest to a room. Choose a bold color or texture that contrasts with the other walls in the space. This could be a vibrant red or a textured brick. Not only does it create a focal point, but it also adds dimension to the room.
Wallpaper is back and better than ever. With endless patterns and designs, it's a great way to add personality to a room. Choose a bold floral print for a feminine touch or a geometric design for a modern look. The best part? It's easy to switch up if you ever want a change.
For a more subtle approach, textured paint can add depth and interest to a room without overwhelming it. Choose a paint with a slightly gritty texture or add sand to your paint for a more rustic look. The texture will catch the light in a unique way, giving the walls a natural, organic feel. This interior wall design is best for covering minor imperfections and blemishes. However, we should note that while textured paint can absorb some humidity, it may not be the best option for areas that are prone to high levels of moisture.
Wood paneling is a classic interior wall design element that adds warmth and texture to a space. Whether you choose a natural finish or paint it a bold color, it can add a touch of elegance to any room. It's especially popular in living rooms and dining rooms.
Shiplap has become a popular interior wall design element in recent years. It's a type of wooden board that overlaps, creating a distinctive horizontal pattern. It's often painted white and used in rustic or coastal-inspired spaces.
Molding is a timeless design element that adds architectural interest to a room. Whether you choose a simple crown molding or a more elaborate design, it can elevate the look of any space. It's especially popular in formal dining rooms and bedrooms.
Stone accents can add a touch of rustic charm to a room. Whether you choose a natural stone wall or a faux stone accent, it adds texture and interest to the space. This interior wall design idea is especially popular in kitchens and living rooms.
Murals are a great way to add a unique touch to a room. Whether you choose a hand-painted mural or a wallpaper mural, it can add personality and interest to a space. Choose a scene that reflects your personality or interests. Choose some timeless design wisely for murals.
A gallery wall is a great way to display artwork and photos in a cohesive way. Choose a variety of frames and sizes for a more eclectic look or stick to a uniform design for a more streamlined look. It's a great way to add personality to a space.
Ombre, which means "shaded" in French, is a mesmerizing painting technique that gradually blends one color into another. This incredible wall design adds a touch of creativity and personality to any space, whether you choose soft pastel shades for a calming effect or bold, vibrant colors for a dramatic statement. The result is a mesmerizing effect that catches the eye and elevates the entire atmosphere of the room.
Wainscoting is a decorative wood paneling that is often used in formal dining rooms or hallways. It typically covers the bottom third of the wall and can be painted in a variety of colors. It adds an elegant and timeless touch to any space.
3D Wall Panels
3D wall panels are a modern way to add texture and depth to a room. They come in a variety of designs and materials, from wood to plastic to metal. They're especially popular in contemporary and minimalist spaces.
In addition to the 12 styles and ideas for interior wall design, it's important to consider how the final product will look in your space. One tool that can help with this is D5 Render, a 3D visualization software that allows you to see your design in a realistic way.
D5 Render's free-to-use platform means you can try out different designs without any financial commitment. Its PBR materials and asset library make it easy to find the right textures and finishes for your project. With its user-friendly interface, you can quickly experiment with different lighting conditions, camera angles, and other settings to create the perfect look for your space.
By using D5 Render, you can visualize your design in 3D and get a realistic preview of how your walls will look before you make any permanent changes. You can experiment with different color schemes, textures, and finishes to find the perfect fit for your space, and see how it will look at different times of day or under different lighting conditions.
So if you want to bring your interior wall design ideas to life, try D5 Render today. It's a powerful tool that can help you create the perfect look for your space and ensure you'll love the final product.
Amila has been captivated by the charm of 3D visualization since studenthood. After getting a diploma in 3D Animation and Multimedia at college, he gained valuable experience at various construction companies and architectural firms.
"I have always had a keen interest in 3D creation and is constantly improving my skills in the field. It was through my research that I stumbled upon D5 Render, which interested me a lot. Upon recommendation from my company’s head architect, I began studying D5 Render and completed my first project using D5 in January 2021."
Behind the Scene
"My project aimed to create a warm and welcoming living room for all family members to gather during the Christmas season. The theme of the room is centered around the concept of home, with decorations, gifts, and preparations for the holiday creating a space of joy, laughter, and love. "
The built-in D5 Asset Library of D5 Render played a significant role in making this design a success. Most of the models used in this project are from the D5 Asset Library. The animated models, such as the crystal ball and the pumpkin coach ornament, were useful for creating close-up frames that highlighted essential details in the design.
Lighting is Amila's favourite aspect of 3D creations because it connects all the moments and emotions together. Lighting, especially warm lighting, can evoke a feeling of comfort without changing the surroundings.
"With D5, I was able to efficiently control the sunlight and balance the necessary light settings."
The optimized GI of D5 Render 2.4 powered by real-time raytracing further enhances convenience.
One of the primary reasons that I chose D5 Render as my rendering engine is to save time.
The program has a very user-friendly interface, making it easy to learn without the need for extensive training. As a result, I have been able to complete projects that would have taken severalweeks in a couple of days.
Additionally, D5 Render provides a variety of unique materials, models, and particles (animated 3D components), making it easier to create highly realistic design renders.
7 Low Budget Small Cafe Interior Design Ideas to Transform Your Space for 2023
The interior design of a small cafe can make or break the customer experience. It needs to be visually appealing, functional, and cost-effective, especially when operating on a low budget. Designing a small cafe with a limited budget can be challenging, but there are creative ways to make the most of the space without compromising the overall look and feel. In this article, we'll explore some low budget small cafe interior design ideas that can help you transform your space and make it stand out.
Keep It Simple and Functional
One of the most effective ways to make the most of a low budget small cafe interior design is to keep the design simple and functional. Avoid cluttering the space with too many decorations or furniture items, as it can make the cafe feel cramped and unwelcoming. Instead, opt for a minimalist approach that highlights the unique features of your cafe. Focus on incorporating simple yet stylish furniture and accessories that complement the overall design.
When choosing furniture and accessories, think about the functionality of the space. Consider what customers will need and how they'll move through the cafe. For example, if you're serving food, you'll need tables and chairs that can accommodate dishes and utensils. Check out this kind of table.
Utilise Natural Light
Maximizing natural light is a great way to create an airy and spacious feel in a Low budget small cafe interior design. Large windows or skylights can let in plenty of natural light, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. If your cafe doesn't have many windows, you can still use mirrors to reflect light and make the space appear larger.
Using natural light not only makes your cafe look more inviting, but it can also reduce your energy costs. By relying on natural light during the day, you can save on electricity and create a more eco-friendly space.
To take it a step further, you can also try D5 Render's geographic sun and HDRI features, you can easily experiment with different lighting scenarios and find the perfect balance for your cafe. The geographic sun feature allows you to simulate the position of the sun at any given time of day, giving you precise control over the lighting in your cafe. Additionally, the HDRI feature allows you to use high-quality images to create realistic lighting environments, making your cafe feel like it's located in a particular setting or environment. By incorporating these features into your design process, you can create a space that feels warm, inviting, and perfectly suited to your brand and style.
Color is an essential aspect of interior design that can make a significant impact on the ambiance of a space. When choosing colors for your low budget small cafe interior design, consider the psychological effects of different colors and how they can influence customers. Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow can create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, while cool colors like blue and green can evoke a sense of calm and relaxation.
Using color doesn't have to be expensive. You can incorporate color into your cafe through paint, artwork, and accessories like pillows and tablecloths. Don't be afraid to mix and match colors to create a unique and vibrant look.
Bring in Nature
Incorporating natural elements like plants and greenery into your cafe's design can add a touch of warmth and vibrancy to the space. Plants not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your cafe but also have several health benefits. They can purify the air, reduce stress, and improve the overall mood of customers.
There are many ways to incorporate plants into your cafe, even if you don't have much space. Hanging plants, potted plants, and wall-mounted planters are all great options. You can also choose low-maintenance plants like succulents or herbs that are easy to care for and add a pleasant scent to the space.
With D5 Render, you can make it easier. D5 Render offers a wide selection of plant elements that you can use to enhance your cafe's design. From small potted plants to large trees, these elements can help create a lush and inviting environment. By integrating D5 Render's plant elements into your design, you can experiment with different plant arrangements and find the perfect combination for your space.
Create a Focal Point
A focal point is a design element that draws the eye and creates a visual center in your cafe. It can be a piece of art, a unique light fixture, or a statement wall. By creating a focal point, you can add visual interest to your cafe and make it more memorable for customers.
Choose a focal point that reflects the theme and style of your cafe. For example, if you're creating a cozy reading look, a bookshelf or artwork related to literature could be an excellent focal point.
If you're creating a modern space, a unique light fixture or a striking piece of artwork can make a bold statement. Whatever focal point you choose, make sure it's positioned in a way that draws the eye and enhances the overall ambiance of the cafe.
Use Creative Lighting
Lighting is an essential aspect of cafe interior design that can make a significant impact on the mood and ambiance of your cafe. Creative lighting can add depth and dimension to a small space, making it feel larger and more welcoming. There are many ways to use lighting to enhance your cafe's design.
For example, you can use pendant lights to create a warm and intimate atmosphere over tables. You can also use track lighting to highlight certain areas of the cafe, such as the bar or counter.
Another option is to use candles or lanterns to create a cozy and romantic ambiance. Be creative with your lighting choices, and don't be afraid to mix and match different types of fixtures.
By using D5 Render's ray tracing technology, you can create realistic lighting effects that mimic natural light, allowing you to experiment with different lighting scenarios and find the perfect balance for your cafe. This feature allows you to adjust the color temperature, shadows, and reflections, creating a unique and personalized lighting design for your cafe.
Incorporate Textures and Patterns
Textures and patterns can add depth and interest to a small space, making it feel more dynamic and inviting. You can incorporate textures and patterns into your cafe's design through furniture, accessories, and even wall coverings. For example, you can use patterned wallpaper to create an accent wall or add textured throw pillows to your seating areas.
When choosing patterns and textures, consider the overall theme and style of your cafe. You can mix and match patterns and textures to create a unique and eclectic look or stick to a more cohesive theme. Just be sure to balance the use of patterns and textures so that they don't overwhelm the space.
With D5 Render's PBR material feature, you can choose from a wide range of materials, including wood, stone, metal, and fabric. These materials are created using physically based rendering (PBR) technology, which accurately simulates the behavior of light and materials in the real world. This feature allows you to experiment with different textures and materials, creating a unique and personalized design for your cafe.
In conclusion, designing a low budget small cafe can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be a fun and rewarding experience. By incorporating D5 Render's features, such as realtime raytracing, PBR materials, and plant elements, you can bring your design ideas to life and create a truly unique and personalized space. D5 Render's technology allows you to experiment with different lighting scenarios, textures, and materials, helping you to find the perfect balance for your cafe. By integrating D5 Render into your design process, you can create a space that not only looks beautiful but also functions efficiently and meets the needs of your customers. So, whether you're starting from scratch or looking to make some updates to your existing cafe, consider integrating D5 Render into your design process for a truly exceptional result.
Real-time raytracing close to Vray for interior design | GI, SSS and dynamic assets
We're glad to tell that the updated D5 Render 2.4 takes interior designers to a new render world, in which the brand new GI, subsurface scattering materials, dynamic assets and combination with DCC software help you work in a more efficient way.
The rendering tool we use here is D5 Render, which is a free standalone real-time rendering software.
With the new D5 GI, you only need an HDRI to light up your scene! You can get detailed shadows and sufficient lighting in deep interior spaces, which frees designers from setting artificial lights. The increased skylight bounces in D5 2.4 work particularly well to handle backlighting, solving a big challenge for interior design.
Let's check out this scene which uses HDRI and only 1 artificial light. Thanks to the optimized GI in D5 2.4, the natural lighting looks awesome even deep inside this space. It enhances many details, like the carpet textures and the lighting transitions.
Then we place a rectangular light by the window to add more specular details. By far, the result has looked almost as good as Corona's.
Plus, the shades which could have seemed pitch-black in other renderers are also well approached in D5 Render 2.4.
Subsurface scattering(SSS) materials are now supported to simulate semi-translucent objects such as jade, wax, and fruits.
It gives an object a clearer and more natural look. Take the grapes as an example. Without subsurface scattering, they look like green dates. But when turning SSS on, they become super crystal! The rendering further displays the translucency of the grapes, just like in real life.
A collection of subsurface scattering assets are available now in the D5 Asset Library. You can find them by searching "sss".
Animated Assets in D5 Asset Library
The built-in D5 Asset Library has over 10,000 models, materials, and particles, including about 650 animated assets that can breathe life into your scene when used together with animation.
In the D5 Asset Library, check the "Dynamic only" option and select an animated ornament as you need.
This elaborate vinyl record player, for example, can help us create some touching close-up shots. You just need to create a frame on the timeline, rotate the camera, and add the second frame. Done! Is it way more convenient than what you need to do in offline renderers? Make sure to give the animated assets in D5 Render a shot!
Integration with DCC software
D5 is compatible with 3ds Max, SketchUp, Revit, Rhino, Archicad, Blender, and Cinema 4D. You can import models, scenes, lights, and materials from DCC software into D5 with its live-sync plugin D5 Converter.
Why should you do that? For one thing, D5 is capable of handling complex scenes with high-poly models, which could have caused the lagging issue in SketchUp.
For another, the ability to build a real-time rendering workflow with SketchUp and 3ds Max makes D5 a handy tool for designers to revise their projects. You can model walls, grounds, and ceilings in SketchUp and build furniture in 3ds Max.
How SketchUp landscape design benefits from real-time rendering
For a long time, we have believed that "slow and steady wins the race," which seems to imply a trade-off between speed and quality. However, as technology advances, we now have better options.
D.R. LANDSCAPE (hereafter referred to as D.R.), a team of only ten designers, completed more than 200 garden design projects in 2022. This young team earned widespread praise for its high-quality work.
D5 Render played a critical role in helping D.R. accelerate every step, from customer acquisition and design to the exhibition.
At the schematic design stage, designers have to consider not only the clients' preferences but also factors like budget, environment, and space size.
The designer has to be strict aboutmaterials and plants to build a harmonious and unique look of nature.
For a long time, the preview and optimization of plants and materials requires importing extra vegetation models since there are few available in SketchUp. But designers will face issues like lagging and crash at the modeling stage, seriously affecting work efficiency.
Proxy models may relieve the overload problem, yet their results are not convincing enough to be the final design.
Besides, clients may find it hard to tell apart the materials of stone, wood, rockery, and stream which are not lifelike in SketchUp. Designers need a more straight way to better communicate with the clients.
Having known that many interior designers preview and revise their projects with D5 Render, D.R. attempts to integrate D5 with garden design.
The built-in D5 Asset Library is hosted on the cloud. Designers can drag and drop its plant models without having to import extra ones.
The handy asset tools like brush and path make it convenient to place plants and try more vegetation combos.
The plants in the D5 Asset Library are 1:1 scale models that can help designers decide which one fits the space.
As D5 is capable of handling large scenes, you can enjoy a smooth operation even when there are many high-poly models.
The 2,000 out-of-the-box materials in D5 Asset Library, powered by real-time raytracing, also displays the garden look to clients clearly and lively.
02 Get started with ease
Now D.R. has fully shifted to D5. The user-friendliness of D5 ensures new designers can quickly output high-quality results as well.
D.R. has high requirements on project visualization including "materials, light ans shadow, and atmosphere."
With offline renderers, high quality often demands proficiency of complex parameters, which posts a challenge to new designers lacking experience.
Yet the intuitive UI of D5 Render can create realistic environment within a few clicks. For example, designers can check how the garden looks on a rainy/snowy/foggy/sunny day by switching an option on.
Previously, when the team members used to use different software, they struggled to find a standard to review the renderings.
The problem was solved after D.R. shifted to D5. Designers can speed up collaboration and share with each other the visualization skills.
A stunning effect comes in easy reach with the help of D5's advanced real-time raytracing solution.
03 Instant and lively preview of design
After optimizing the visualization process, D.R. took a step further to apply the walkthrough animation as a demo for clients.
The animation made with D5 can breathe life into the design. Designers output impressive videos after setting keyframes and camera views, which is simple and convenient.
D.R. often shares its animations on the social media platform to attract more targeted audiences.
Besides, clients can "walk around" the garden in the D5 scene to see the details of each corner. D.R. designers prefer this virtual walk-through as they can make immediate adjustments based on the client's feedback.
As the technology advances in leaps and bounds, "fast and furious" can also win the game if designers choose the right tool.
In the future, D5 Render will accompany designers creating more aesthetic works in an efficient and expressive way.
Z-depth is important to rendering images because it provides a way to calculate depth and distance in a scene, which is crucial for creating realistic lighting and shadow effects. Without z-depth, 3D graphics would appear flat and unrealistic. In addition, z-depth is used to create depth-of-field effects, which can make images look more natural and cinematic. Overall, z-depth is an essential component of the rendering process and plays a key role in creating stunning graphics.
Luckily, D5 Render includes the z-depth channel feature to help designers achieve better visual effects.
Z-depth works on a grayscale value range, and the colors of points range from black to white based on their distance from the camera, with black being closest to the camera, white in the background, and gray in between.
In D5 Render, Z Depth is supported as a rendering effect for images or videos, and also as channel export. It's often used to add depth of field effect or to simulate fog.
How to use z-depth in D5 Render
1. As a rendering effect, Z Depth mode is available in Effect > Style.
You can use it together with the outline effect to create a stunning visual. For example, this image combines vignette, chromatic aberration, outline and z-depth.
2. For post-processing, you can export the z-depth channel map when rendering the image. It's worth noting that the z-depth rendering effect can be adjusted as a preview of the z-depth channel. After getting the satisfied distance of black and white points from the camera, you can switch off the z-depth rendering mode. The z-depth channel map will inherit this effect.
How to fake depth of field with z-depth in Photoshop
Take this rendering image and its z-depth channel as an example.
Open them in Photoshop.
Select the z-depth channel with the hotkeys Ctrl+A and copy it.
Create a new Channel named "Alpha-1" for the rendering and paste the z-depth info into it.
Click the blank space to select the RGB channel.
Select the rendering. Go to Filter>Blur>Lens Blur.
Set the Source of the Depth Map information to the "Alpha 1" channel that we created in advance.
The value range of the Blur Focal Distance is 0-255, which corresponds to the 0-255 color values of the Z-depth map. Objects with a Z-depth value of Blur Focal Distance will be in focus and will not appear blurry.
We can increase the Iris Radius to achieve a stronger depth of field blur effect (consistent with real-life experience).
Click on the Set Focal Point button and simply click on the object in the screen to define the focus, which is very intuitive and convenient.
12 tips for interior rendering from expert designers
Welcome to our article on interior render tips! Whether you're a professional interior designer or simply looking to spruce up your living space, creating a realistic and stunning interior render can take your design to the next level. In this article, we'll be sharing some expert tips and tricks to help you achieve the perfect interior render every time. So, sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of interior design!
The rendering tool we use here is D5 Render, which is a free standalone real-time rendering software. You can give it a try, or use your own renderer.
Great composition can take a design from basic to breathtaking, making all the difference in the final product. In rendering, composition allows you to create a scene that is both visually appealing and realistic, drawing the viewer's eye towards the key elements of your design while maintaining a sense of balance and harmony.
Use the rule of thirds
Divide your frame into thirds and place your key elements along those lines, rather than directly in the center. The composition grid of D5 Render can do a favor. You can turn it on at Display > Option.
Pay attention to the field of view
The update of D5 Render 2.4 enables an automatic conversion between the field of view and the focal length. Put simply, the longer the focal length, the narrower the field of view, the less of the scene you can see.
It's better to avoid a wide field of view in interior rendering like 90 degrees, which could cause a distortion along the edge of view.
Consider the focal point
Choose one element of your design to be the focal point and build your composition around that. A good point is to use the depth of field which could blur the part around the focal point. This is especially helpful when you want to display a specific area or object.
Go to Camera > Depth of Field in D5 to set the effect.
When you stretch the UV of a texture, its format will look denser. So, make sure to give it a proper scale according to the actual condition. You can also switch on 'Triplanar' to get a smooth and continuous texture UV on an irregular-shaped object.
The Round Corner option could bring an obvious rounding effect at the edge of the material, making it look more realistic.
Some dirt or scratches on the surface
You can import a dirt image to the Roughness column to simulate the imperfections on the furniture surface.
Realistic lighting underlies the quality of rendering. With the advanced global illumination solution of D5 Render, interior designers can get a stunning lighting effect within a very short time.
1. Choose an HDRI for the scene when you want a particular vibe for the space.
2. To quickly create an atmospheric light and shadow, place some trees outside the window, so the sun will leave a nice projection.
1. Add a large rectangular light outside the window to cover the whole model, which can add more reflection details on the metal objects.
2. Add some strip lights in the dark corners, such as a cabinet, as accent lighting. This can make the space look more layered.
Animation with dynamic models
Animation is an advanced tool for interior designers who wants to breathe life into their scenes. So, how to acquire vivid animation? We also have some recipes.
Use dynamic assets in the D5 Asset Library.
Use the keyframe feature to make an animation of turning on a light.
How to set realistic background for render in 1 minute
For architectural visualization, environment setting is critical because it directly tells your audiences the story of the architecture. It includes sky, weather, surrounding landscape, backdrop context and many other elements. How they interact can greatly impact the realism and quality of the final render. For example, the glass facade usually reflects the surroundings. You don't need to spend hours placing buildings around to have such a beautiful reflection. All you need is a backdrop plane from D5 Asset Library.
Backdrop plane is like an entire context in one polygon. They can decorate the distant skyline, add nice glass reflections and adorn the view outside the window.
With D5 Render 2.4, new backdrop planes are updated for urban, mountainous, and wooded contexts. You can use them for architectural and interior design.
Drag and drop a backdrop plane from D5 Asset Library into the scene. With a few tweaks in a minute, you can get a stunning background for your render, which is very convenient.
How to use it
After setting the foreground, go to D5 Model Library > Landscapes. Select the backdrop plane you need and import it into the scene. Scale it properly to cover the skyline. Done! That's all you need to do.
Camera setting tips must known for archviz
Architectural rendering is inextricably linked to architectural photography. Architects need to tell stories about architecture through the camera so that viewers can immersively interact with the building through imaginative. If you only display the building, without adding a human touch, the design will look cold and empty.
So, how to express your design in a warm and attractive way?
We get you some most commonly used tips for setting the camera in the rendering. It is important to note that the following tips are interrelated and can be used together to better express the language of the camera.
Here we use D5 Render, a free rendering tool, as an example.
- The eye-level camera view: It is the most common sight used in architectural rendering, which corresponds to a camera height of 1.5m-1.8m in a rendering tool like D5 Render. This height simulates the effect of an architecture as seen by the human eye, which helps the realism of the rendering. At the same time, because this camera view displays a limited area, it helps architects save a lot of work in the process of architectural visualization as well.
- The aerial view: It refers to the view of a building taken from the air. The corresponding camera height depends on the volume of the building you need to show. Generally speaking, the higher the camera, the more surroundings will appear in the sight.
2. Field of View (FOV) and Focal Length
FOV decides how much of the scene we're seeing.
Focal length refers to the distance between the center of a lens or curved mirror and its focus.
They are both interrelated, and closely relevant to lens in the real world.FOV is directly determined by the Focal Length. The larger the Focal Length, the farther you can see, but the smaller the FOV.
Think about the telephoto lens and the wide-angle lens. The former has a long focal length and a small field of view, while the later is opposite. So, when you change one of the parameter, don't forget the other one.
Here's a table that can help you understand the relationship between the FOV and the focal length.
Take this scene created with D5 Render 2.4 for example.
Evermotion x D5 Render 2.4 Interior Challenge | Yearly subscriptions are waiting for you!
The new version of D5 Render 2.4, which was released last week, comes with 35 updates, of which D5 Global Illumination (GI) is the most impressive one. The upgraded D5 GI not only ensures the speed of real-time rendering but also approaches the quality of offline rendering.
Lighting is made so easy for interior designers with D5 Render 2.4 because they can achieve a good lighting effect with natural light alone, without having to spend a lot of time adjusting artificial lights. With increased bounces of skylight, D5 GI brings sufficient lighting even deep inside an interior space.
Committed to helping designers effectively design high-quality projects, D5 teams up with Evermotion to hold this interior rendering challenge and sincerely invites you to experience the user-friendly workflow.
"Evermotion is a company specializing in 3D graphics and visualization. We create high-quality 3D models, textures, and visualizations for use in architectural and product design, animation, film and television, and video game development. Our products include collections of 3D models, textures, and shaders for 3D rendering and visualization. Evermotion is known for attention to detail and quality, and our products are used by professionals and hobbyists in the 3D industry worldwide."
Participants need to adapt and render the provided bare model which is contained in the challenge kit.
There are no requirements for the style and theme of the entries.
Participants should use and only use D5 Render for the rendering part.
Submit 3 rendered images and a rendered video no shorter than 15 seconds with a minimum resolution of 1080P.
*The model file of the .skp format is also provided. Competitors can alter the model but the house structure shouldn't be changed.
1. Upload your entry video to YouTube following the rules stated below:
Video title: [The title of your work]丨D5 Render 2.4 Interior Challenge
Please include “D5 Render 2.4 Interior Challenge x Evermotion” in the description box.
2. Post your entry images on one of the following platforms:
Facebook with the tag #d5render2.4
Instagram with the tag #d5render2.4
*The winner and runner-ups will be required to submit the YouTube and Facebook/Instagram links.
1. For the jury's choice, your work will be judged by the D5 Team and the Evermotion Team from the following aspects:
Quality of the scene/materials
Knowledge/Techniques of using D5 Render
Concept of the work in relation to the theme of this Challenge
Animation and editing performance
The jury from Evermotion:
For the past eighteen years I have been involved with 3D graphics. I ran my own company for seven of those years dealing exclusively with 3D graphics. I have built over 1k projects into my portfolio. These projects are viewed internationally. I am a problem solver and multitasker. I am proud to be recognized with my team at Evermotion Company.
2. For the community's choice, your work will be awarded based on your posts’ popularity on Facebook/Instagram.
The post which gets the most number of likes on each platform, i.e., Facebook and Instagram, will be awarded the Community’s Choice Prize.
Participants must ensure the originality and integrity of their entries, and must not infringe any legal rights such as copyrights, patents, trademarks, portrait rights, and privacy rights of others.
Plagiarism and misappropriation of other people’s works are strictly prohibited. Entries must not violate relevant laws and regulations, and participants must guarantee that the copyright of entries is not transferred to others and that the entries are not commercialized or authorized for use by others.
By submitting your entry, you agree that D5 Render can share your works on the official website and other social media platforms.
Groundbreaking 3D Update: D5 Render 2.4 Release Note
D5 Render 2.4 Available Now: ultimate real-time rendering with a leap in effects and performance.
The latest version comes with 35 updates including the brand new D5 GI, subsurface scattering material, optimized emissive effect, path tool, and multiple frame rate options.
In this release, the D5 Asset Library is also updated with 582 new assets that include SSS models&materials, dynamic landscapes, holiday assets and backdrop planes. You can find them by searching "2.4" in D5 Asset Library.
We're proud to introduce the brand new D5 GI, the updated Global Illumination solution developed by D5 Team, which is a milestone in this release.
Applying advanced algorithms including ReSTIR and Surfel, the new D5 GI ensures your smooth and stable real-time rendering experience while providing a boost in the accuracy of lighting.
One of the biggest noticeable changes is increased bounces of skylight, which leads to sufficient lighting, even deep inside an interior space.
Indirect lighting cache of high precision is supported to bring more realistic lighting transitions into the scene.
The new D5 GI retains more high-frequency details of the shadows, and tackles the problem of rendering a flat-looking scene caused by denoising.
The transmission effect of foliage is significantly improved, so that the leaves of vegetation assets will have a clearer look.
With the breakthroughs in real-time rendering effect and performance made by optimized D5 GI, the inconsistency between viewport preview and the final output is almost eliminated in this version.
Optimized emissive effect
Multiple bounces emitted from emissive materials supported, you are now able to generate precise global illumination with only emissive light sources. With the new algorithm, emissive lighting in D5 avoids completely dark corners in the scene like cornice while presenting a softer lighting effect.
The color emitted from emissive maps was previously in D5 a result of the average color of the maps. We've corrected it with the new algorithm to calculate the color of the maps with more precision, so the emissive materials give off lights accordingly. This comes in handy when applying emissive material to LED light signs or billboards.
Subsurface scattering materials, or SSS materials, are now supported to simulate translucent objects such as jade, wax and human skin.
You can use the "Subsurface scattering" material template to create real-time sss effect for the selected texture. Adjustable parameters include SubSurface Color and Scattering Intensity.
Z Depth mode is now available in Effect > Style.
It works on a grayscale value range, and the colors of points range from black to white based on their distance from the camera, with black being closest to the camera, white in the background, and gray in between.
Z Depth is supported as a rendering effect for images or videos, and also as channel export. It's often used to add Depth of Field effect or to simulate fog.
Cull Distance is added in Preference > Rendering. When you specify a cull distance value for preview and output respectively, the smaller models(mainly grass and other plants) beyond that distance will not be rendered in preview or final work, as you chose.
Grass Material Blend Amount
Blend amount setting is newly added to grass material to control the blending level of the base color maps for the ground model and grass material. The larger the value, the more influence the base color map of grass has on the overall color.
2 | Optimizations
Optimized Path tool
Path Tool is also optimized to make scene building more convenient with customizable path corner nodes: curve or linear.
You can set it to Linear to draw right angles and adjust the Smoothness parameter to customize the corner angles, which helps a lot when it comes to rendering an avenue or crossroads.
For vegetation paths, we supported setting fixed spacing distance between the vegetation assets. You can use it to generate a corresponding number of models according to the spacing distance value.
Random Offset is no longer related to the length of path, so there won't be the problem of a larger actual offset distance for a relatively small offset value caused by a longer path.
Higher Output Frame Rate Options
More frame rate options are supported to bring better visual experience and more freedom in editing. You can choose from 24, 25, 30, 60, or 120 FPS for output in video rendering settings.
Note that the default frame rate options are 30 and 60 FPS. You need to go to Menu > Preferences > Widget to enable more options.
Improved Two-point Perspective View
We fixed the unexpected tilting and perspective distortion by correcting the two-point perspective algorithm, and now the animation transitions between two-point perspective and perspective view in video mode will not produce flickering.
Another change is that you would need to press F8 or P to exit the two-point perspective view now.
Group Assets & Save to Local
D5 vegetation, characters, animals, vehicles and more models can now be added to your local library and exported as .d5a models. It is also supported to group any of these assets and add them to local, so you can easily grab and use the combo in other projects.
Optimized Scatter & Hedge assets
The algorithm of vegetation scatter tool has been optimized to fill a chosen material with vegetation and avoid leaving a gap, making a lush and dense hedge look.
Scatter models with "Single series" in their names from Nature > Hedge category, set the density parameter, and check "Align to Terrain" to quickly fill the block and create realistic hedges.
Drop Models on the Ground
For models in the object list, you can now right-click on it to choose "Drop vertically" so that it lands vertically on the nearest object surface.
Check "Drop along the terrain" so when the model falls on the nearest model, it also rotates itself according to the normal of the model surface.
Camera Focal Length
A Focal Length parameter is added under Field of View which can be used as the equivalent focal length of film in real life photography.
When matching a real camera and rendering camera setting, you can align the picture information by entering the corresponding focal length value in D5. This helps you get the same view in D5 as the reference photo.
Optimized Eraser Tool
Using the eraser or clear tool, you can apply it to only a selected surface by holding the shortcut key Shift.
To make D5 even easier to get started with, Action tips are added to the lower left corner of the viewport. You can turn it on in Menu > View to see corresponding tips and shortcuts while rendering.
Clear Auto-saved Backups/Imported Models
Clearing auto-saved backups/imported models is supported in Menu > File > Clear data, to delete the backup files automatically saved and imported models (except for those already placed in the current project). This helps reduce project file size, making file storage and management easier.
D5 AutoClose after Rendering
Another update to help you with resource management is the option in rendering queue to close D5 automatically when rendering is finished.
3 | New Assets in the D5 Asset Library
You can quickly find these new assets by searching "2.4" in the D5 Asset Library.
13 new Hedges, which have "single series" in their names, include Buxus megistophylla Levl., Camellia sasanqua Thunb., Ligustrum×vicaryi Rehder and Bambusa multiplex. You can use the scattering tool to quickly achieve a dense hedge effect.
37 new animated Macrophanerophytes include Yew, Metasequoia, Euphorbia, Cherry and other trees.
New Backdrop planes in Landscape category to decorate the distant skyline for urban, mountainous, and wooded contexts
Animated Water Particles
New animated water particles under Particles > Fluid including fountains and water flow particles with scale, reflection and color parameters enabled.
New "Low resource consumption" option for fountain particles. Turn it on to reduce resource consumption in both preview and output.
Subsurface Scattering Assets
New SSS assets include silica gel, jade, wax materials and jade Buddha, candle, fruit models.
30 slightly moving characters that have small movements, waving hands for example, that are close to their posed gestures.
78 posed Asian characters and more characters from different regions are coming.
New Holiday assets --- a special collection exclusive to D5 that includes firework particles, animated decorations, and holiday accessories.
Set off customizable 3D fireworks in D5 to light up the sky.
Animated vehicle Models
4 new animated vehicles include electric cars, subways and high speed rail.
Interior Parallax Color Temperature Control
New color temperature control for Interior Parallax models to suit different vibes of the scenes.
To learn more about D5 Render 2.4 updates, please visit D5 Forum.
6 tips you must know for archviz tested with real projects
With the development of computer graphics, architectural visualization is gradually shifted from 2D to 3D. 3D archviz is not only the display of models and materials, but also the expression of atmosphere and design concepts. Therefore, we summarize some techniques that are proven practical in real projects to help architects better deliver their ideas.
The following two projects were optimized with the techniques we will show, and you can see the change in the overall effect:
Set perspectives like in architectural photography
Architectural rendering has much to do with photography. A proper perspective can tell your audience a lot about the design and atmosphere you want to create.
There are several perspectives that you should learn how to use in archviz:
Eye-level view: This is the most common perspective that can simulate human eye sight. For rendering, you should set the camera at a height of 150-180cm.
Aerial view: This view usually displays the building as well as the surrounding context. With a proper use of this perspective, you can create stunning works.
Worm's view: a view as seen from below or from a humble position. It allows you to fit very tall subjects in the frame, such as skyscrapers.
Pay attention to glass reflections
Nowadays, glass facade is widely used in architectural design as it provides both functional and aesthetic benefits. However, in archviz projects, many people ignore the surrounding environment resulting in a very messy reflection of the glass, thus destroying the overall aesthetic.
In this project, the original glass facade reflected buildings around, and revealed harsh lighting inside the architecture. We placed a panel with a sky image on it on the opposite side, thus giving the glass a clear reflection of the sky.
Then we adjusted the transparency and roughness of the glass to a matte frosted effect. The overall vision becomes clean and fresh.
You can also use backdrop planes from the D5 Asset Library to quickly get a beautiful context.
Notice the contrast of warm and cold tones
Maintaining tonal balance is an important aspect of architectural rendering. Too cold or too warm tones can lead to visual imbalance and a flat, monotonous image.
If the overall environment seems cool, then adding some warm lighting is an ideal choice.
Surround your building with plants
Greenery is an integral part of architectural design. It not only softens the lines of the building, but also relaxes people's mood. In architectural visualization projects, we can follow the following principles to place plants:
Greenery close to the camera: shrubs and broad-leaved trees. You can increase the brightness of leaves a bit.
Greenery in between the buildings: tall trees like arbors.
Greenery far away: smaller trees with low crowns.
In this way, the greenery will form foreground, middle-ground and background for the image.
Another tip is to place warm lights under the trees to make them look soft and vivid.
Decorate the building's interior
In archviz projects, many will neglect the refinement of building interiors, resulting in a hollow, dissonant look, which is especially evident in large architectural projects. Here we provide two tips for quickly enriching building interiors:
Add lights to illuminate the building inside
Use Interior Parallaxes to decor the building windows with one click (Interior Parallax is a faux window display of decorated interior scenes)
Breathe life into your scene with animated models and particles
Nowadays, animation has become a hot trend on social media platforms. Architects are following this trend to attract more audiences. To make full use of this feature, you will need animated assets to work with it.
Yet it might be a bit difficult for individual designers or small businesses to make animation, because it's expensive to acquire both animation rendering tools and dynamic assets.
Here we recommend the rendering software D5 Render, which is free to use and has its own asset library with animated characters/plants/vehicles/particles.
AI-Powered Architecture Design | How to use AI with 3d rendering software D5 Render
At the beginning of the 20th century, Industrial Revolution profoundly influenced the whole world, changing the way humans had long been accustomed to living and building.
The great master Corbusier, along with other artists, pointed out that the traditional design industry also needed a revolution. Modernism thus began.
Mankind has been moving “Towards a New Architecture (Vers Une Architecture)” ever since.
Today, in the 21st century, we are facing another big change in the design industry: the rise of Artificial Intelligence. How to judge this new tech? Can designers find a way to work with AI? The answers are still in the air. There is no doubt that we are standing at a crossroad.
Luckily, we received an "AI-powered" architectural project created with D5 Render by the Studio of Urban Studies (hereinafter referred to as SUS), which has been approved by the client and professional architects. This project may offer some insights into the relationship between AI and designers.
We understand that designers face many challenges when turning their concepts into plans, which can result in lost or distorted ideas. To make design easier than starting from scratch yourself, we have created D5 Hi, an AI conceptual design tool for spacial design.
Studio of Urban Studies focuses on urban design. They hope to solve real issues with creative and inspiring designs.
Unlike traditional arch studios, SUS embraces new technologies to improve the efficiency and quality of their work.
The recent big-hit, design for Rain Moment Street, is a project of SUS, which aims to build a small commercial complex that is cozy to live and work in.
Rain Moment Street is like the courtyard in our memories. After a day of work, you can go downstairs and take a breath.
That's why we wanted to attenuate the sense of building volume. Rain Moment Street should break the boundary between the office building and the leisure area. Residents can see one area extend into another.
Based on this conception, we had multiple choices to create the facade. After rounds of discussion, we finally used Stable Diffusion.
3 AI + D5: the productivity tool kit of the new era
SUS integrated AI into their workflow by first producing 2D images with AI, then modeling and rendering accordingly.
Sketch production | Why AI
Usually, there were no clear objectives at the beginning of the project. Thus, after generating a large number of sketches, SUS made constant adjustments to see if there would be more possible design plans.
During this process, an architect first drew a rough sketch and then gave AI some prompts to create many similar works.
Yet not all of them were practicable. So the architect had to choose some feasible sketches and gave AI more prompts to optimize their light and shadow. Meanwhile, tags of master architects will be added as a reference for the architectural style.
There was trial and error at this stage before the designer could confirm the architectural volume including concave or convex, curved or straight lines, and so on.
Move on to fine-tune the prompt and try different CFG Scale* and Denoising Strength*. This would produce images of various design styles. The architect chose an appropriate one from them and made inpainting on some important or unsatisfactory details.
For example, the roof of Rain Moment Street was inpainted to have a look of a hollow net-like form resembling dragon scales.
The CFG scale adjusts how much the image looks closer to the prompt and/ or input image.
Denoising strength controls how many changes it will make compared with the original image.
At this point, the design had taken shape, but the image was limited to a size of 512 x 512. SUS extended it to supplement the rest part.
Modeling and visualizing | Why D5
Now it came the time to turn the AI-generated sketch into 3d models. Since the sketch was complete and concrete, it didn't take much time to build the models. Architects could add more details as well.
For the part of visualization, SUS chose D5 Render as the ultimate tool.
At first, they had other selections. But after the further experience, D5 became their go-to tool for some special reasons.
The ray-tracing technology used by D5 is especially helpful when SUS wants to quickly build an atmospheric environment for the building.
For one thing, D5 Render adopts PBR texturing system, which is also used by the mainstream DCC software. The one-click material sync feature builds a streamlined workflow for architects and designers. For another, designers can import assets from Bridge into D5, which helps them conveniently enrich the surrounding context.
The models built by SUS are often full of details, such as curtain wall frames, expansion joints, and openings, which resemble their look in the real world. So, the large file is usually split for several architects to model at the same time.
Yet the split parts have to be merged in the rendering software, leading to many times of model sync. It is troublesome in other software, yet not the case in D5 Render. D5's one-click sync feature allows each model sync to save ten seconds or more. Think about thousands of times of sync in a project and you'll see how much time D5 has saved for SUS.
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SUS talked about how they viewed archviz in the interview:
We hope to produce an architecture design, not only the archviz but also the real building, that audiences can experience as immersively as in a movie.
There is another stronger connection between AI and archviz:
SUS will select the form of visualization based on the image atmosphere generated by AI.
"AI created some art-like images with a settled color tone, vibe, and composition. Yet the process to find these styles requires manual operation. So, there should be a tool that comes in handy to solve this issue."
This might be the first time D5 met AI, but not the last time.
5 The future
Just as the pioneers of modernism faced changes at that time, we stand at the crossroads of a new revolution in science and technology.
Designers have lived through the days of drawing with pencil and ruler, the era of CAD replacing tablets, and are now experiencing a shift from 2D to 3D, and the gradual involvement of AI in the project.
Although each technological innovation brings about a debate about the "survival" and "extinction" of designers, in retrospect, there are always people who embrace changes, master new tools and improve productivity.
SUS and D5 believe that AI is only a tool, and designers are the masters. SUS also mentioned an interesting phenomenon:
Some designers call Prompt 'a spell'. Technology, just like magic, needs humans to decide how it's applied. AI will make design itself more demanding, so we have to keep up with that demand.
As for how to follow the trend of AI, SUS also has some suggestions:
Architects should be familiar with the whole workflow including planning principles, codes, construction, and other knowledge. Without enough experience, you can't master AI and make the right choice of solutions. In this case, the design will be empty and boring. Don't turn your design into a black box driven by AI. Don't be lazy. Otherwise, you'll suffer the consequences.
D5 Render, together with SUS, will explore more opportunities with AI, helping designers move "Towards a New Architecture".
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C4D to D5 | Cinema 4D Render Software
Real-time rendering is a process in which GPU produces images while calculating huge amounts of data, so you can have a preview of the results while adjusting in the interface. It enables you to see the changes as soon as they are made, and your operations are usually conducted with a minimum frame rate of 30.
For C4D users, for a long time they could only turn to offline renderer because there wasn't much choice. While now equipped with RTX technology for acceleration, rendering engines like Octane and Redshift still have a hard time offering a smooth rendering experience because of the low FPS that hinders the process.
Now with D5 Render's integration with Cinema 4D, it's obviously a great oppurtunity for C4D users to enter the real-time rendering world.
Compared with traditional renderer used to work C4D, D5 Render is such an "intuitive" tool.
Forget about the complex material nodes, nerve-wrecking lighting settings, and the frustrating trial and error you have to go through in those renderer. In D5, with fewer parameters, fewer adjustments, you get to achieve results of similar or even better quality within a shorter time.
D5 Render adopts the mainstream PBR material system. It simplifies the process of editing materials as much as possible through preset parameters for various material templates. You can find over 1,500 preset materials in D5's built-in Asset Library and directly apply them to the models in your scene with just one click.
Synchronization of materials from C4D, Octane, Corona and Redshift is supported in D5, yet you'll still find it easy and fun to edit materials in D5 yourself. Even for normals and reflections that are usually resource-consuming on computations, results can be shown immediately on the model's surface as you adjust parameters.
Judging from the works posted by D5 users, you can tell that D5 Render's equipped with a production-class material system with amazing performance in output.
In offline rendering software, all those effects, reflection, transparencies and complex lighting often come with a price, which is multiplied rendering time.
That is not the case in D5: Ray tracing technology is a fundamental part of D5 Render that enables GPU to render complex models and scenes with physically accurate shadows and reflections. Normally the most basic one can also handle D5 well and surprise you with its amazing rendering speed.
Even for scenes heavy on reflection(image above), it takes only 36.8 seconds to render an image in 2K resolution, and 15 minutes for an 8-second video.
The ongoing evolution in technologies is going to continue, and it would definitely speed up your workflow if you're better equipped. For anyone that owns a graphics card supporting ray tracing, such as Nvidia RTX series, AMD RX 6400 and above, or the coming Intel ray tracing GPU, D5 Render is bound to be your best choice.
D5 Render releases a new version every three months to meet the needs of its users from all walks of life. With previous updates, D5 Render has become a fully functional, stable and reliable real-time rendering software. On top of that, D5 is also free to download with 90% of all its features accessible to everyone. In today's design and art market, it's not always easy to find a tool that offers a free version for commercial projects like Blender. Luckily enough, D5 is here to help. If you are using C4D, and would like to switch to another rendering software, don't hesitate to give D5 a try. Free Download: https://www.d5render.com/download
Guide on How D5 Render works with C4D
Download and installation
Go to D5 Render official website > Download and find the livesync plugin for Cinema 4D.
Or you can also go to Welcome Page > Workflow to download.
Supported versions: The current D5 converter for Cinema 4D supports C4D versions from R20 to R26 and 2023.
UI and Features
After installing, open your C4D and you'll find D5 Render Converter. Click on it, and a panel for D5 will pop up with 7 icons:
1. Start/Stop D5
Click on it to start/stop D5 Render in your C4D.
Select "OK" to open a new project in D5 and the C4D model will be imported into D5.
If you've applied materials to your model in C4D, then you'll find the model comes with materials because D5 can map those materials. Apart from C4D Standard materials, D5 also supports most of the materials from other renderer including Octane(Blend material, toon material and procedural textures are not supported yet), Corona, and Redshift materials.
Click on this button, and the scenes in D5 will be updated. You can use it to sync models, materials and scenes from C4D to D5.
3. View sync
Click on this button, and the scenes in D5 will be updated. You can use it to sync models, materials and scenes from C4D to D5.
4. Camera sync
Turn it on to synchronize the cameras you set in C4D to D5's scene list.
5. Light sync
Support the sync of spotlight, point light and area light.
6. Export .d5a file
You can either export the whole project or export certain objects to D5. .d5a files can be directly read by D5
C4D - D5 Workflow Made Easy
Multi-sync with various modeling solutions
With multi-sync support of D5 converters, you can simultaneously synchronize files from multiple CAD/BIM software into one D5 scene using different plugins. That is to say, your workflow can be streamlined beause you get to focus on modeling an architecture in Archicad, design a particular furniture with C4D, and render in D5 at the same time. Multiple software work simultaneously as one in D5 Render, saving your valuable time for further improvement of the project.
Product design and rendering
An important part in product rendering has to be setting up a background with appropriate lighting that goes well with the product itself. Rendering with D5, you can save the scene you carefully crafted as your go-to scene for future projects. In this way, next time you need to render a new product, you just drag and drop the model into that perfect scene. What a time-saver!
Cinema 4D is known for having this amazing fur function to simulate realistic fur materials /textures which can be used on interior furniture. Most rendering software is unable to produce satisfactory fur, so with C4D-D5 workflow, you might see your interior renderings at another level using the fur materials mapped from C4D.