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► You will re-create a real-life, interior visualization project.
This course ends the "forever hobbyist" approach. It is a step-by-step simulation of what an architectural project looks like and how to approach it. From start to finish. The techniques that I'm showing are exactly what I've been using in my day to day work as a 3D Artist. My team also uses these techniques. What you can see below are the end results of the main part of the course. The renderings are exactly what you'll be able to create if you put time and effort to follow the lessons.
► We start with the basics...
The first chapter of the course focuses on introducing you to Blender. It even includes a separate mini "Absolute Beginners Course". That will teach you all the necessary basics if you're completely new to the software. For more seasoned Blender users, this chapter will be a good warmup before we jump any further. To see what is the structure of every course chapter, you can view Chapter 01 linked below. It is available completely for free!
► We learn the Complete Interior Visualization Process step by step...
From chapter two till chapter nine you'll learn the complete interior visualization workflow. We'll start with converting and importing CAD data to Blender. Next, we will create an interior 3D model based on photo references and technical details. We'll then move to create CGI materials and realistic illumination. Finally, I'll show you how to render the final images and post-produce the results.
► We continue with more advanced topics!
Once you got the foundations right, we'll jump into more advanced topics. In chapter ten I'll explain the basics of Blender's real-time rendering engine called Eevee. You will learn the benefits and best-case scenarios of using real-time engines. In chapter eleven I'll explain my architectural animation workflow in Blender. Finally, in chapter twelve I'll share my production tips and tricks on how to optimize your workflow. Below is a free video sample from one of the advanced chapters:
Chapter 01: Introduction to Blender (Free)
FREE First Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will cover the most important changes that were implemented to Blender 2.8.
Chapter 02: Modeling from CAD Drawings
Second Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will explain the methods and techniques of importing technical CAD documentation to Blender 2.8.
Chapter 03: Camera Matching
Third Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will explain how to match a 3D camera with a reference picture and start 3D scene modeling.
Chapter 04: Interior Scene Modeling I
Fourth Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will cover 3D modeling of main details such as windows, kitchen, and staircase.
Chapter 05: Interior Scene Modeling II
Fifth Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will focus on 3D scene management and working with external 3D assets.
Chapter 06: Illumination Setup
Sixth Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will explain the basics and principles of realistic 3D scene illumination.
Chapter 07: Material Setup
Seventh Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will explain the material creation process for all the elements in the 3D scene.
Chapter 08: Rendering Setup
Eight Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will in-depth cover the Cycles engine principles, hardware specifications, and optimal render settings.
Chapter 09: Image Post Production
Ninth Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will focus on the rendering Post-production - Tone Mapping and Color Correction.
Chapter 10: Animation Fundamentals
Tenth Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will explain the basics and principles of camera motion and interior animation.
Chapter 11: Eevee Scene Setup
Eleventh Chapter of the Blender 2.8 Interior Visualization Course will explain the main principles of the Eevee rendering engine and its application to the interior 3D scene.
Chapter 13: Blender 2.90+ Updates
In this chapter, I'm covering all the important features introduced to Blender since I finished the core content of the Course. This part will also include some smart tips and tricks about the Denoiser and the new SkyTexture illumination system.
Chapter 14: Post Production Hacks
In this chapter I share more tips on how to achieve great post-production results using Blender Compositor. You're also able to download some of my extra commercial project files and post-production setups. Study, modify, and use them in your daily workflow!
Chapter 01: Introduction
Things we'll learn in this masterclass can be applied to any 3D artwork or project. We'll be using architectural visualization as an example because its the most multidisciplinary area of 3D CGI.
Chapter 02: Understanding Composition (Coming soon!)
The correct image composition is what separates average 3D artists from exceptional ones. I will explain the basic principles of composing a nice-looking rendering, so you can instantly improve the quality of your works.
Chapter 03: The Art of Illumination (Coming soon!)
How to achieve perfect lighting in any situation? I'll explain simple yet undiscovered techniques allowing anyone to achieve realistic illumination. I'll also show you methods to self-improve and develop your artistic side.
Chapter 04: Unlocking Photorealism (Coming soon!)
You don't need a special, hidden talent to achieve photorealistic renderings. In this chapter, I'll show you easy rules which, if followed, will always allow you to achieve photorealistic images.
Chapter 05: Case Studies (Coming soon!)
In this chapter I will explain the illumination settings in the selected Chocofur Scenes included in both the Masterclass and our Interior Visualization Secrets Course.
WHY IS INTERIOR VISUALIZATION IMPORTANT?
THE 5 MYTHS IF INTERIOR VISUALIZATION
WHY WOULD YOU TRUST THE AUTHOR?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
First, architectural visualization is a big part of the 3D industry all by itself. You may become a successful 3D artist by focusing on interior renderings only. But the skill will allow you branching to many other industries. Product renderings, virtual showrooms, VR/AR applications. All these industries would accept your interior visualization skills.
Second, interior visualization in Blender is a great skill to learn if you want to be a freelancer. Not only most companies prefer the flexibility of hiring freelancers. You can also get ahead of other 3D artists by using Blender which is 100% free.
Third, interior visualization skills will increase your market value as a 3D artist. Not only will you be able to accept a completely new range of projects. Companies are more willing to hire artists with architectural aesthetics and technical knowledge. You can develop these skills much quicker when following a guided, step by step process.
...or continue struggling with the lack of clients. ◄
...or lose the opportunity and let others get ahead of you. ◄
...or pray that it doesn't affect your business and well-being. ◄
If you already failed to learn interior visualization - it is most likely not your fault! Let me explain - you tried doing it the old way, not even knowing where to start. You picked some tutorials here and there, listened to some "gurus" of the industry. The result - we can both guess. When faced with the real client, the anxiety from not having enough experience was too strong to accept the job. In fact, you're not even an architect and never created anything other than your hobby side projects. Right?
The truth is - you failed because "pros" of the industry never explain the process they use in their daily work. Some of the industry "gurus" don't even do interior renderings for a living, yet they still pass their "knowledge" to others.
What I try to do in this course is to challenge these common problems. I've been doing renderings in Blender for a living for over a decade. I've trained many 3D artists who now do it for a living as well. Interior visualization is a skill like any other and you will be able to learn it too.
● The truth: interior visualization, if learned correctly, is on the easier end of 3D graphics. Most people doing architectural visualization do not have any related education. Frankly speaking, a lot of the "pros" of the industry don't have any higher education at all.
● The truth: That's one of the biggest lies of the 3D industry. Just look at the images from the Chocofur User Gallery, created by other Artists. Blender is not only more than capable when it comes to photorealistic renderings. It is the only 3D software allowing you to do this completely for free! The criticism always comes from the 3D "pros" who got stuck in their creative bubble 10 years ago. These people want you to think that interior visualization is some special skill that only a few chosen ones can learn. A skill that can be only practised with the "industry standard" tools. Thankfully, these are the 3D myths of the past decade.
● The truth: I never considered myself to have a talent in architecture. That didn't stop me from doing it for a living for over 10 years! To be honest, talent can only help you in progressing slighlty faster than others. In the end, it all comes down to learning and applying the process.
● The truth: only if you try to learn it the old way. It is possible to create a good quality interior renderings after just a few weeks of practise. As I've already mentioned, it all comes down to understanding the process. It is true that your image quality will need some time and practise to get better. But with the right foundations and techniques, this will happen much faster.
● The truth: you will be able to create the main interior renderings from this course using a laptop such as MacBook Pro. A better workstation would definitely speed up your work, but it's not required to learn the basics.
I'm Lech Sokolowski and over the past few years, I've grown Chocofur from a one-man company to a small, remote 3D agency. My Blender focused YouTube channel had over 2.0 million views in just over 2 years. My Absolute Beginners Course for Blender 2.8 has over 170.000 views. Our Chocofur Store has over 30.000 users and helped Blender Artists to earn millions of dollars from creating architectural rendeings. You can see the works of people using Blender and our 3D assets in the Chocofur User Gallery. I've also been a speaker during the official Blender Conferences. You can watch my talks here, here and here.
If you'd like to hear my story about making a living as a Blender Artist, I recommend checking the video below:
► I'm a Blender artist but I never did architectural renderings. Is this course for me?
If you're already a 3D Artist working in Blender this course is exactly for you! First, you already know Blender so adapting a new 3D skill will be much easier for you. Second, interior visualization is something that every creative person can learn. With the right foundations, it won't take ages but rather a few weeks. Third, this new skill will boost your confidence as a 3D artist and allow accepting a whole new range of projects and clients.
► I'm a complete beginner in 3D. Is this course for me?
If you're completely new to Blender, please check the first chapter of this course. It is completely free and it includes a separate mini-course on Blender basics. After finishing my Absolute Beginners Course in Blender you'll be more than ready to follow the lessons!
► I'm a 3D artist but I never used Blender. Is this course for me?
If you already have architectural visualization experience, this course is the fastest way to switch to Blender. After you grasp the foundations from the first chapter of this course, you'll be ready to start working in no time.
► How do I access the course after purchasing it?
To access the course, all you need to do is logging into your Chocofur Store Account. Then, simply navigate to learn.chocofur.com and choose the courses subpage. It will include the Chocofur Interior Visualization Secrets in Blender with the complete list of chapters. After purchasing the course you will also receive an email explaining the process in detail.
► Is it really possible to make professional renderings in Blender?
The shortest possible answer - of course, it is possible. Check out our Chocofur User Gallery. All images featured there were made using Blender and Cycles rendering engine. You have to remember that software is only a tool. What gets you the desired results are workflow and experience, and this is what I'm trying to teach in this course.
► What are the system requirements to complete the course?
The hardware I was using when preparing the course was a Windows 10 Laptop with 32GB of ram and a GTX1070 graphics card. I was also able to re-create the main 3D scene using 2017's MacBook Pro 13-inch (the touch bar version). I'm pretty sure if you own anything with similar specifications, you'll be ready to complete the course. However, when it comes to the Apple hardware, you may experience problems when working with the Eevee rendering engine. The keyboard shortcuts I'm using are also more Windows friendly. You might need to figure some of the MacOS shortcuts yourself.