The 3D Rendering Process
Creating high-quality photorealistic renderings is accomplished in three basic steps:
- Start with a floorplan or design sketch.
- Create a 3D model of the home. Add lighting, furnishings, landscaping, and materials as needed.
- Set up camera angles within the 3D model and produce rendered images from the camera views.
Of course it's a lot more complicated behind the scenes, but those are the basic steps. If you're interested, you can read a lot more about the process below.
To enable us to produce the images you need at the lowest price, it's helpful if you can provide as many specifications as possible up front regarding windows, doors, cabinets, moldings, appliances, light fixtures,furnishings, landscaping, colors and materials, etc. Our goal is to ensure that the first draft is as close as possible to the final look desired.
Our work process provides for one round of changes at no extra charge after you review initial draft-quality proof images. This covers things like corrections to the model, slight changes to materials, and other minor changes. We're happy to work with you to get everything just right, but changes to the original design, extensive decor/materials changes, or other significant changes will incur additional charges at our hourly rate for custom work.
Final renderings are usually emailed to you. But they can also be drop-boxed and/or posted on a private client-only webpage. Delivery on flash drive or CD is also available at cost.
We hope this description of our work process is helpful in deciding whether to work with CastleView 3D. We believe that our renderings are a great value and that our prices are very reasonable for the quality of work and level of personalized service we provide.
We love what we do, and nothing pleases us more than delivering a project that is exactly what you want and need.
Click here to learn more about our pricing for 3D renderings.
The Fine Print
- We require a 50% down payment of estimated charges to begin work, with balance due on delivery of final images. Payment information is available here.
- We cheerfully accept rush jobs as time permits. A 20% premium will be added to the final cost of any rush job.
- If You Change Your Mind: A "kill fee" will be payable if you terminate the project for any reason before final payment has been made. By entering into a contract with you, CastleView 3D will have budgeted for this work, lined up resources, and turned away other work because of the agreement. A kill fee is typically 50% of the total remaining project cost.
- CastleView 3D grants the client unrestricted use of the final rendering(s) while retaining use of the artwork for self-promotional purposes as part of our portfolio on our website or in any marketing materials. If for any reason the client fails to pay in full for services rendered, usage and licensing rights default back to CastleView 3D.
Even More Information About Our Process
Here's a lot more detail about the basic steps involved in producing 3D renderings, in case you're interested in learning more. Please note that not all of these steps may be needed for your particular project.
1. 3D MODELING
- Build basic 3D model from client’s dimensioned floorplan, blueprints, elevations, and/or photographs, including terrain modelling if needed.
(NOTE: If you don't have a dimensioned floorplan, we can recommend a measuring service that will come to your home, take measurements, and create a floorplan for us to work from. This service is very reasonably priced, usually between $100-200 for average-sized homes, and is available in most U.S. locations.)
- Add exterior landscaping (trees, shrubs, flower beds, hardscape, water features, etc.)
- Add kitchen/bath modeling and decor (cabinets, appliances, fixtures, tilework, etc.)
- Add interior decor (furniture, window treatments, light fixtures, rugs, accessories, built-ins, etc.)
At this point, basic "draft quality" images of the model are produced for your approval, and any necessary changes are made to the model before rendering. These non-photorealistic draft images are included with every project at no extra charge, and may in fact be all some people need. For most of our clients, however, these serve as project "proofs" before proceeding to final photorealistic rendering.
Any changes to the model after approval of model drafts will incur extra charges, so we want to be sure you are satisfied with the model before beginning the rendering phase.
Some of the things which can increase the modeling time required (and thus the cost) of a particular project include:
- very large or complex floorplan
- complex roof structure
- sloping terrain or walkout basement
- more than one stairway, or complex stairs and landings
- custom trim, moldings, or millwork
- extensive custom cabinetry
- custom ceiling treatments, such as a tray, vaulted, or coffered ceiling
- intricate interior or exterior architectural details
- Once model drafts are approved, model is exported from modelling software and imported into rendering software
- Realistic lighting is added to the model
- Photorealistic textures are applied
- If needed, additional proof images can be produced at this point to ensure that everything is exactly as desired
- Final photorealistic renderings are produced
- Post-rendering Photoshop touch-ups are applied to images if necessary
Our standard rendering size is 1800x1200 pixels. Larger renderings can be produced if needed; pricing will increase proportionately.
3. VIRTUAL TOUR / SLIDESHOW
Many of our clients want their renderings incorporated into a virtual home tour (view a sample tour here). The additional steps required for this process are:
- Basic tour set-up
- Import each image to be used in tour
- Set up 360° panoramas, if used
- Set slideshow timing and image transitions
- Add music and client's branding info