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Tips for Effective Exterior Renders

3D exterior render is an innovative and pioneering concept. It gives an in-depth and realistic vision of how the completed exterior of a project will look. It helps the potential audience make a firm commitment to an upcoming project that’s still in the design or initial construction phase.

Exterior design is more like the face of your project. So you have to create images that are super impressive to help your clients visualize effortlessly. Given below are some of the architectural rendering tips that’ll help create breathtaking exterior renders.

Position of the Sun and Other Shadow Elements

Perfect lighting plays a crucial role in making or breaking an exterior rendering. Hence the position and intensity of the sunlight need accurate adjustments. Both over and under exposures are a big no for 3D exterior renderings. Similarly, shadows play an equally important role in making a rendering realistic and appealing. Shadows enhance each element in the design, adding depth and clarity. So there should be a proper balance between light and shadows to avoid making an exterior rendering look unnatural and misleading.

Proper Presence of Sky

The position of the sky is another valuable factor deciding the realism of the picture. It should blend in such a way with the buildings and other features, not overpowering the actual render. So when adding skies, it’s best to avoid oversaturated and unnatural colors. Moreover, trying to stuff more clouds or other objects in the sky can also affect the natural appeal of the render.

Material and Texturing

Textures deeply affect the quality of an exterior rendering. Texturing is the design element that gives a clear picture of any object used in the rendering. For instance, if a wooden decking is in the design, the texture you choose must imitate the actual properties and looks of the decking. So selecting appropriate textures for every object assists in superior visualisation of the render.


Reflections give life to exterior renderings. Perhaps one of the toughest jobs for professional CGI designers. If the design has glass windows, it’s crucial to add reflecting elements to the glass. When you miss it or try to give a flawless look, it can be misleading and unrealistic. Exterior renderings delivering natural reflections of trees or other objects look more natural and appealing.

Detailed Model (trees, plants, humans, cars)

Detailing adds real-life experience to exterior renderings. Adding anything from grass, trees to humans and vehicles helps achieve realism. Further, adding the right colors, contrast and dimensions make them look less conflicting even with subtle variation. Not to mention, comprehensive exterior renderings have the most attractive impact on real estate listings. However, staying away from repetition is a must as it can destroy the look in no time.

Camera View

Finally, it’s the camera view that delivers photorealistic rendering. Placing the camera at a height similar to what human eyes can perceive is the best height. Anything more or less damages the realism of the render. Moreover, it’s crucial to carefully adjust all focal points of an image to bring consistency in exterior rendering.

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