Photoshop Architectural Rendering

If you could learn a single piece of software, besides your main CAD or 3D program, then Photoshop would be the one we would highly recommend. Photoshop is a very versatile software tool for architects, as flexible for seamlessly compositing different elements into a beautiful photomontage as it is making your renders look even more stunning. It’s quite often for architects to create mostly sketches for their project presentations, however, some of the big players out there have already noticed that the way your project looks can make the difference between a successful presentation or an ok one, since as  most of you know first impressions count and clients sometimes have hard time reading a building plan, so why not make it easy for them. Here we have developed this improved list of 10 Photoshop tutorials websites, which we hope will help you to discover new work techniques and better ways to apply.

1. If you are new to photoshop, this 30 minutes online video will walk you around the basic interface and how to set up Photoshop. The whole series will be even more beneficial if you want to start from scratch.

2. CGarchitect is one of the most influential websites and end-user community for architectural visualization and design professionals. Whether you use SketchUp, Blender, Civil 3D, 3D Max, Rhino or any other 3D modeling program, the site remains steadfastly dedicated to providing valuable resources and tutorials for architectural visualization artists.

Making of the Kamppi Chapel by Jeff Mottle - Courtesy of cgarchitect

Making of the Kamppi Chapel by Jeff Mottle – Courtesy of cgarchitect.com

3. RonenBekerman.com is a helpful source of learning on all aspects of 3d architectural visualization. There you will find articles & tutorials about 3d modeling & 3d rendering with software such as 3ds max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Modo, SketchUP, V-Ray, Maxwell Render, Corona Renderer, Photoshop and more. In this link you will find 12 Postwork Style Architectural Visualization Tutorials that we would highly recommend you to visit !

Courtesy of Ronen Bekerman

Courtesy of Ronen Bekerman

4. If you are looking for a website to brush up on some of your Photoshop and SketchUp skills then you should visit visualizingarchitecture.com by Alex Hogrefe. Alex simply shows you a quick and effective method of turning a simple SketchUp render into something life-like and photorealistic. The website also has a youtube channel that have very few tutorials worth your visit.

5. Sketchup Artists is another great source of tutorials for you if you are using Sketchup. The websites has many tutorials that provides you with post-processing skills, techniques and easy to follow step by step instructions provided by highly talented professional contributors.

Courtesy of Sketchupartists

Courtesy of Sketchupartists

6. PixelFlakes is a small but powerful rendering firm produces high quality render techniques, especially using Photoshop. Their site is a combination of a portfolio, blog, and tutorial guide. The best part of their site is watching the Monthly 1 hour Challenge, where all the artists at Pixel Flakes spend 1 hour a month doing a rendering. They work for foster, BIG, Aedas, Arup and many others. In this tutorial, Shipyard Postwork Breakdown ,PixelFlakes simply shows you a quick and effective method of turning a simple render into something life-like and photorealistic.

 Post Work Breakdown/Render A 3D Model by Ronen Bekerman – Pixelflakes

7. Digital arts online is a great source of inspiration for digital artists around the world. This tutorial will walk you around the basic Photoshop techniques that focus on blending a CG building constructed in Modo and rendered using Rhino into a real photo. Andreas A Tjeldflaat takes you through the post-production steps of an architecture rendering in Photoshop.

8. Photoshop.Architect’s is a youtube channel that features very few number of tutorials in Photoshop, but it helps you learn the essential parts of doing collages, unconventional rendering practices and post processing in Photoshop. Another two helpful YouTube channels that you might need to check are ARQUI9 Visualisation and Adam Kormendi , both feature tutorials in Photoshop which cover advanced techniques for adding realistic details.

9. CGArena: Under CGArena’s “free staff” tab is their tutorials section, which has many tutorials that show the visualization artist’s production process from a digital model to a completed image. Most of the tutorials on this website are architectural, but others show the design and visualization process for different fields, which could provide insight into different methods of working.

Courtesy of CGArena

Courtesy of CGArena

10. Evermotion: With tutorials on Zbrush, Blender, Cinema 4d, Photoshop3ds Max, and many other software, Evermotion.com offers a fairly large collection of free online tutorials in addition to a “Making of” section that go into greater detail on visualization topics. Evermotion regularly features contributors who showcase their own work, explaining how they created a single render from the modeling stage to post-production.

Courtesy of Kamil Kuklo - Evermotion.com

Making of City Winter Night – Courtesy of Kamil Kuklo – Evermotion.com

Of course, it’s unlikely that any list of internet resources will ever be complete, so we’re hoping to continually update this list with the web’s best learning resources. If there are any tutorials sites we’ve missed which you found helpful, let us know in the comments!

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