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Sunday, 12 November 2017 17:50

Lumion 8 is available now

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Available from November 6, 2017.

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Lumion 8 empowers architects to quickly create unbelievable renders.

Just press the Styles Button and instantly create a beautiful render from your design. Open the Sky Light daylight simulator, cast finely detailed shadows and watch as your design becomes remarkably photo-realistic.

You’ll be making renders faster than ever, capturing your designs in the best possible light.


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"Lumion really captures the total essence of the space. It's been a huge factor, not only in our day-to-day learning and creating, but also in selling." - Peter Stromberg, Architect at GarciaStromberg



New features in Lumion 8

For a complete look at what's new in Lumion 8, head on over to our What's New page. First let's take a look at just five of the new features in Lumion 8 that'll take your rendering to whole new heights.

From new technologies enhancing light, shadow and workflow, to hundreds of new objects and material options, Lumion 8 makes it easier than ever to lift the sense of environment, realism and depth in your design.



Styles

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Rendered with only the Overcast Style. Follow our blog in the coming weeks for more on the new Styles effect.



No more hunting around for the right effects. Gone are the days of meticulously balancing sliders. Once you dress up your 3D model with Lumion materials and objects, just click the Styles Button and select an interior or exterior style. In an instant your design becomes a beautiful render with a carefully balanced effects combination.

Render right away, or personalize the style in minutes. Create a look that’s all your own with a workflow that’s faster than ever.




Sky Light daylight simulator

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Ready to render? If you haven’t added the Sky Light effect, then...well...no. Maybe not. Because it’s an impressive technology developed especially for Lumion 8 to heighten your image’s sense of environment, realism and depth.

Sky Light is an advanced, daylight simulator for softening and dispersing the scene’s environmental lighting. Used in combination with Soft Shadows and Fine Detail Shadows, it strengthens the real-life interplay of these elements. Watch as the foliage and trees become photorealistic, and discover as people, buildings and landscapes suddenly look like they belong where they are.



Soft and fine shadows

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Designing realistic shadows, whether from scratch or in a rendering program, may be one of the most difficult things you can do. Until now.

In Lumion 8, you can inject realism into your render by turning on the Soft Shadows and the Fine Detail Shadows as part of the Shadow effect. Instantly, the shadows become softer, the penumbras grow. Hundreds of fine detail shadows are enriched and a realistic sense of depth permeates the image.

You’ll feel yourself smile as you view your unbuilt design looking uncannily like the real thing.



Hand-drawn outline effect (Pro only)

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Lumion 8 makes it easy to clearly communicate the form of your design with the “hand-drawn” outline effect. Apply it together with photorealistic, sketch or artistic effects to draw a focus to your building’s general shape and form. It’s the bones of your design, rendered beautifully and easily.



Soften hard edges (Pro only)

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In real life, the edges of any surfaces generally appear slightly rounded or worn. They are never perfectly sharp. With the new edges slider in Lumion 8, your model will take on a more natural and weathered look, one better representing the real qualities of physical homes and buildings. Impart age and realism by smoothening the edges of adjacent faces. Soften the corners of brick, concrete, wood and other materials. A simple slider movement, a more realistic building. Easy. Effective.

For more images and info on the Lumion 8 full feature list, visit the Lumion What's New page.

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