Architectural Rendering Styles

Hello there and welcome to Rendering Architecture. If you have not yet checked out the About Me tab, feel free to click there on the link to find out in greater detail what this site has to offer. If you have already done that then you know that I am Randy and I am here to help you with your rendering needs. This article will be an overview of architectural rendering styles.

This is the first post of hopefully tens and even hundreds yet to come as I build up a database of architectural rendering topics aimed at helping everyone in the design field. It does not matter if you are a registered architect with years of experience or a freshman in college, I think you will begin to find relevance in the reviews, tips, and sources of information regarding the visual representation of your architectural designs here at Rendering Architecture.

For this first post, I feel it is important to understand one major thing. You see, when I decided to build this website I was having a difficult time trying to determine what exactly I wanted to tackle in terms of design rendering. What I came to realize is that it is an extremely difficult topic to narrow down. It is not that there is a TON of software because even if there was, many are very detailed and it would take a genius and a miracle to learn them all well-enough to use properly. But when you team just a couple of different types of software, with a couple of different editing programs on top of a few hand utensils, what you are left with is unlimited potential. There really is an unlimited amount of architectural rendering styles.

For instance, a bland and very simplistic screen shot of a 3-dimensional model from a program like Revit Architecture can be dropped into Photoshop and turned into a photo-realistic image of the project with a little bit of effort. That same final rendering can then continue to be edited so that it appears to be nighttime shot where the people have come out to party in the streets.

Depending on your position, whether a professional or perhaps a student, your final product will have different requirements. In an office setting, some clients do not wish to see a photo-realistic image but rather something more sketchy. This can be completed using software or hand-drawing tools like pencils, pens, and markers both of which are different architectural rendering styles. Whether it’s realistic, sketchy, hand-drawn, cartoon-like, simple, detailed, etc., the possibilities are endless.

I could sit here and give example all day but I think you get the point. Sometimes the unlimited potential seems daunting because with all of the options, where do you start? I am here to help inform you on some of those decisions and to tell you to leave the uneasiness behind. It is wonderful to have options and in this area of architecture, the options are limitless. That makes me excited because it means there is always something new to learn, a new way of doing something you have always done or to complete a rendering with an easy to use software you had never heard of.

Please come back as this is just the intro to what should be a long and educational ride. I plan on being in the design field for years to come so I will constantly be learning new techniques and trying new products that I cannot wait to share with you all!

See You Soon,



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