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How to start your first architectural rendering?

holee rendering-dhcc project
DHCC project, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Here is an example DHCC project of our process and workflow. We have used this example to create a 3d exterior rendering, a similar process and workflow is also used for internal renders, 2d color floor plans and 3D floor plans.


Step 1 - Files Required

Initially, we require your detailed AutoCAD drawings(site plan, floor plans, elevations, and roof plan in .dwg format) or 3D model(Revit/3dMax/AutoCAD/SketchUp).

If you have any site photos/images or any other reference images, please provide also. The more information we receive from you, the more accurate the final result will be to what you require.

Why do we need as much information as possible from you? Our goal is to ensure that the first draft you will receive is as close to what you expect your design to achieve as possible. It also aims to reduce the back-and-forth process and shorten the production cycle.

We will also require the approximate location or viewpoint so that we can set up camera angles to capture the elevation or direction that you need for your project. You can markup the position of the camera on the site plan for the exterior rendering and the floor plan for the interior rendering, or save the camera in the 3d model.

Our usual standard image size of the final image is 4000 x 3000 pixels which are suitable for web, brochures, print media, and small signboard. If you require the final image to print on a large signboard or billboard, we would need to know the dimensions, pixels, and DPI required for the final image. If you do not know this information, your printing company can supply these details to you. There are limitations to how large we can produce specific renders, and these vary from project to project depending on the feature and a lot of other factors.


Step 2 - 3D Model Creation | Model stage

From the information supplied, we create the 3D model and set up multiple viewpoints for you to select.

In this model stage, It is mainly to focus on the 3D model, camera angles, view frame, and view rate.

After the model draft is sent to you, you need to select the viewpoint which you want and markup any model change so that we can continue working.

If changes are required, we will send through another draft, including the changes and the viewpoint selected. This process is repeated until the accuracy of the model is confirmed.

Note that if significant changes are required and you have modified your plan, the model may be subject to additional costs depending on the complexity of the model. Based on the information provided, we created a 3D model and set up multiple viewpoints for you to select again.


Step 3 - Materials, Lighting & Landscape | rendering stage

Once the viewpoint has been chosen and any fundamental changes made to the model, we then move forward to applying the colors, materials, lighting, and landscape to the image.

In this render phase, we need all the primary colors and materials that you selected for the project. We understand that you may not be entirely sure of this, so at this stage, we again provide further drafts.

The first rendering draft is through your primary colors and materials. After receiving the rendering draft, you can modify these, and then we will revise and send the updated draft further. This process is repeated until you are satisfied with the final choice.

Please note that three modifications are allowed in our price. If more is needed, additional charges may be required. Since each project and requirement is different, minimal adjustments made to each project.

Above image is an example of the final color, material, lighting and landscape drafts.

Step 4 - Post Work

Once the colors, materials, viewpoint, and models are fully recognized, we can move on to the final 4000x3000 pixel rendering. Note that once the final rendering is complete, no further modifications to the model, colors, and materials are allowed. If any new changes are required, additional costs are required to make those changes.

The final rendering is taken to Photoshop to create the background and final touches and details. The landscape, the trees, the plants, the grass, and the atmosphere are all created from real-life photographs.

We have an extensive library, so most of the plants, trees, and requirements will be available. If you need people to add to the rendering please also let us know.

Once the final rendering is complete and sent, you will have a chance to make changes to the people and later work.

Anything above this may incur additional costs. As mentioned earlier, the standard size of the final image is 4000 x 3000 pixels, which we need to know from the start if you want a higher resolution.

The above image is an example of a fully completed final render

This process may seem complicated, but it is very straightforward, and you will be guided through each step — much of the work done behind the scenes.

Start your first architectural rendering project now? Please contact us.

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