Getting Started with Lumion 3D

Book description

Architectural visualization doesn’t have to be complicated. This book will teach you how to use Lumion 3D from scratch to create your own model, then modify it with textures and detailing for a fantastic image or video.

  • A beginner's guide to architectural visualization
  • Tips and tricks for modelling, texturing, and rendering using Lumion 3D
  • Add a special touch to your images with Photoshop

In Detail

Lumion is software specially designed to be friendly and intuitive to help you bring life to your model. Import your model into Lumion and start changing the landscape, weather, and materials of your 3D model. With only a few clicks, you will have a beautiful image or video.

"Getting Started with Lumion 3D" will help you give life to your 3D model. After the first chapter, you will have what you need to start creating architectural visualizations in Lumion. The next chapters will help you consolidate this knowledge by introducing you to additional tools using step-by-step explanations. If you don’t have any experience with 3D modelling, this book will also help you to start modelling using SketchUp.

"Getting Started with Lumion 3D" helps you to take your first steps into the world of architectural visualization using Lumion. You will be guided along gradually using easy-to-follow, step-by-step examples, and more importantly, you won't learn how to create the example in the book, but instead you will learn how to apply your new knowledge to your own scene.

You will start this book with a blank 3D model and finish with a beautiful image or an amazing video.

Table of contents

  1. Getting Started with Lumion 3D
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Getting Started with Lumion 3D
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewer
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the images of this book
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. What is Lumion?
      1. Lumion background
      2. Why use Lumion?
      3. What can we get from Lumion?
      4. Differences between the several versions of Lumion
      5. Importing our 3D models
      6. Workstation specifications
      7. Lumion's 3D interface
        1. A look into the New tab
        2. Exploring the Home tab
        3. The Examples tab
        4. The Load scene and Save scene tabs
        5. The Import full scene and Export full scene tabs
      8. Quick start
        1. Importing the model
        2. Working with Layers
        3. Applying materials
        4. Controlling the weather
        5. Changing the landscape
        6. Adding objects
        7. The Photo mode
        8. The Movie mode
        9. Saving your scene
      9. Summary
    9. 2. Preparing the Scene
      1. Need help with modeling?
      2. Modeling for visualization
      3. Preparing CAD drawings
      4. Modeling with SketchUp, 3ds Max, and Maya
        1. The importance of detailing
          1. Adding detailing using bevel edges
          2. Adding detailing
          3. Using additional models
        2. The importance of materials
      5. Common issues
      6. Summary
    10. 3. Creating Materials
      1. Lumion materials
        1. The Properties menu
        2. Placing the texture
        3. The Textures and Advanced options menus
        4. The Custom menu
          1. The Invisible material
          2. The Landscape material
      2. Creating materials in Lumion
      3. Summary
    11. 4. Working with Lumion
      1. What is COLLADA?
      2. Exporting from SketchUp
      3. Exporting from 3ds Max
        1. Exporting animations
      4. Exporting from other 3D software
      5. Working with Lumion
      6. Summary
    12. 5. Building the Environment
      1. Modeling the landscape
        1. Sculpting the landscape
        2. Modifying the terrain
        3. Creating a heightmap
        4. Changing the landscape's material
        5. Adding a water plane
        6. Creating an ocean
      2. Setting up the weather
      3. Populating your scene
        1. Adding trees, people, and other models
        2. Using sounds
        3. Special effects
      4. Summary
    13. 6. Preparing the Render
      1. The key aspects of composition
        1. The importance of framing
      2. The rule of thirds
      3. Exporting an image with the Photo mode
      4. Creating a video with the Movie mode
      5. Summary
    14. 7. Post Production
      1. Post production
        1. Working with an image
          1. Working with layers
          2. Using different blending modes
        2. Adding the specular map
        3. Accurate selection with material ID
        4. Adding contrast using a lighting map
        5. The sky alpha map
        6. The importance of adjustment layers
          1. Working with Curves
        7. Applying lens effects
          1. Chromatic aberration with Photoshop
          2. A little bit of sharpness
          3. Depth of field
          4. Final touch with noise and vignette
      2. Summary
    15. Index

Product information

  • Title: Getting Started with Lumion 3D
  • Author(s): Ciro Cardoso
  • Release date: December 2013
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781849699495