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    Rendering Programs

    I'm doing all my renderings in Revit right now, which is okay. I'm wondering what other programs are out there that are worth looking into.

    I already know about 3DS Max and Lumion. What I need is something to do high end renderings, but I don't want it to be so complicated that I can't figure it out. Any others I should look into? Is there any programs out there that can produce a hand sketch or a water colored look, rather than just a photo realistic picture? I wouldn't say cost isn't an issue, but I'm willing to pay if it does what I need it to.

    Or, should I just stick with Revit? All the modeling will be done in Revit, so it has to be able to use a Revit file in some sort of way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzatto View Post
    I'm doing all my renderings in Revit right now, which is okay. I'm wondering what other programs are out there that are worth looking into.

    I already know about 3DS Max and Lumion. What I need is something to do high end renderings, but I don't want it to be so complicated that I can't figure it out. Any others I should look into? Is there any programs out there that can produce a hand sketch or a water colored look, rather than just a photo realistic picture? I wouldn't say cost isn't an issue, but I'm willing to pay if it does what I need it to.

    Or, should I just stick with Revit? All the modeling will be done in Revit, so it has to be able to use a Revit file in some sort of way.
    If you want some quality renderings and professional ones, 3DMAX is the best option, you can use the default rendering engine Mental ray, that is in fact the same that Revit, or also you can install Vray which is IMHO the best rendering engine, so professional, high quality images, easy material creation, and so on, Lumion is a good idea, but isn't powerful than 3DMAX and Vray working together, also Lumion doesn't have powerful cameras as MAX haves, Autodesk haves too an app called Showcase which is a good photo realistic rendering app, but haves a lack of control for many things you may want do, I've heard that Sketch up can work whit Vray too, but I personally consider Sketch up a tool for dummies so my opinion is not so objective, jejeje, you can seek for Cinema 4d, Render man, Accurender, there are so many options, but again for me MAX is the best, kind regards.
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    Have a look at Artlantis. If you want to go the free route Kerkythea is pretty good as well. They are having some site issues but the forum works. If you really want to get fancy the Revit Kid did some work with the CryEngine package that is pretty nice.

    If you just want to turn an image into a watercolor or some other artistic effect FotoSketcher can't be beat in terms of easy to use and cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    Have a look at Artlantis. If you want to go the free route Kerkythea is pretty good as well. They are having some site issues but the forum works. If you really want to get fancy the Revit Kid did some work with the CryEngine package that is pretty nice.

    If you just want to turn an image into a watercolor or some other artistic effect FotoSketcher can't be beat in terms of easy to use and cost.

    Cryengine is a good rendering tool, but the final images looks like video game images, I believe 3D max is more accurate and professional IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andres Franco View Post
    Cryengine is a good rendering tool, but the final images looks like video game images, I believe 3D max is more accurate and professional IMHO.
    Depends on the final output Max is definitely top notch but it has a hellacious learning curve.

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    thats what I'm worried about. Although, I have Max with the revit suite. I used to use 3DS Viz way back when. It was pretty much Max LT. But it's been a long time and I remember nothing.

    Vray is 1200 bucks. Is it worth it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    Depends on the final output Max is definitely top notch but it has a hellacious learning curve.
    Yep, I'm totally agree with you, MAX is quite hard to learn, but the final result worth it at all, Lumion for example is more easy and cheap, but have some issues I hate the most, cameras are so lack on control, jejeje.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzatto View Post
    I'm doing all my renderings in Revit right now, which is okay. I'm wondering what other programs are out there that are worth looking into.

    I already know about 3DS Max and Lumion. What I need is something to do high end renderings, but I don't want it to be so complicated that I can't figure it out. Any others I should look into? Is there any programs out there that can produce a hand sketch or a water colored look, rather than just a photo realistic picture? I wouldn't say cost isn't an issue, but I'm willing to pay if it does what I need it to.

    Or, should I just stick with Revit? All the modeling will be done in Revit, so it has to be able to use a Revit file in some sort of way.
    Probably Lumion/LumenRT/Twinmotion will be the best solution for you. Not very photoreal, but could achieve very "moody" images, also sketch/watercolors out of the box and looking very good. Also you can wait for Octane render plugin for Revit which should come out very soon, at least it'll have proper 3d vegetation (RPCs are biggest downfall of Revit renderings imho) and more texturing options.
    And still if you'll need high grade images it's better to pay professionals (could go outsource route for cheap).
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    Yeah, the paying professionals part did cross our minds. We were using one guy who was amazing at doing hand sketches and water colors. But, he just picked up a full time gig for a firm and doesn't have time to do it anymore. We really like the hand drawn water colors for presentations over the "realistic" photo renderings I get from Revit. It'd be nice to do it all in house, though.

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    Honestly? Dont pay anyone, and dont buy any more software besides maybe Photoshop, if you dont have it. Give up one weekend, and hang out on Youtube learning about various Filtering and Layering techniques in Photoshop, combined with some advanced Rendering stuff and/or visualization stuff (if youre going to filter it, i wouldnt render it) in Revit.

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