How to Make Every Detail Count with Lumion 12.3

Here’s the latest rundown of Lumion 12.3, available now!

Lumion 12.3 is available today as a free minor update for current Lumion 12 users. This version is all about making every detail count in your visualizations, helping you give your architectural designs a more lifelike, almost tactile quality.

You can now enjoy a straightforward, efficient process for customizing materials and other surfaces exactly as you imagine. Create more atmospheric, stunning images and videos by highlighting the beauty and texture of your designs with volumetric light.

To learn more about all the new features in Lumion 12.3, continue reading below. You can even try out these new features by signing up for the free 14-day trial for businesses.

How to get Lumion 12.3

Do you have a Lumion 12 license key?

If so, you can easily update your license with the new features and other improvements by going to your Lumion Account. You should have also received a ‘Getting Started with Lumion’ email that contains download instructions in the inbox associated with your license key.

Interior with view of nature 4K

Do you have a previous version of Lumion, such as Lumion 11 or below? If so, you can upgrade to instantly take advantage of all the new features that have been added since your version. This means you get the features mentioned below as well as the new additions in Lumion 12, including volumetric spotlights, 142 built-in decals, hundreds of nature items, stylish interior and exterior furnishings, highly realistic materials and much more.

You’ll also discover a faster, easier rendering experience with new object collections, a more intuitive materials workflow, improved object groups, character billboards and a smoother animation functionality, among several others.

If you have any questions about upgrading your license, please reach out to us

Import custom decals (Pro only)

In the real world, there’s textures and details everywhere we look. When Lumion 12 came along, you could instantly give your surfaces that personal touch with 142 built-in surface decals made available. These surface decals include imperfections, age, road markings, wall art and more. 

In Lumion 12.3, you can now import your very own custom surface decals and enjoy more choices to adding flair to your projects’ surfaces.

These new decals can highlight the intricate details of the material, whether it’s asphalt, wood, plaster or metal. You can also adjust its appearance, color, transparency, range and orientation.

Decals Color feature

Custom decals are easy to place and modify! You can use them for a wide range of applications such as:

    • Showing beautiful patterns and wall art, both on interior and exterior surfaces.
    • Depicting a large mural, artistic graffiti in an urban neighbourhood.
    • Creating realistic imperfections such as wall dents, stains, discoloration and other markings. 
    • Adding unique, localized elements to your render, including road markings, signage and other helpful details found in real life.
Decals Waves

The custom decals are a simple but effective feature to add color, personality and style across materials in your project. 

Volumetric light effect for omni lights (Pro only)

Lighting is the key ingredient to creating eye-catching and realistic visualizations. 

In Lumion 12.3, the latest lighting tool feature will help you cast beautiful light across your scene. 

3D model by CMonje.

With its simple to use interface, playing around with the lighting of your designs are made more enjoyable. You can easily modify its color, brightness, falloff, shadows and more. 

Interior with volumetric lights 4K

The volumetric omni lights effect is perfect when used in a subtle manner. Here are some ways to apply to your designs:

    • Rendering a foggy scene
    • Creating a cinematic effect to impress clients 
    • Show dust, mist or steam for interior or exterior shots
    • Showcase the space around your design

Experimenting with these volumetric omni lights effects can be a useful tool to enhance depth and ambiance to your designs. 

110 newly animated nature items

The Lumion nature library provides everything you would need to create a lush, natural setting in a short amount of time. 

In Lumion 12.3, you can enjoy more freedom and diversity when creating detail-rich environments with the 110 newly animated weeds and other nature objects. These previously static items now move with life, creating the context for more energetic, lively animations. 

3D model by CMonje.

With the many improvements to the content library made in Lumion 12, finding and adding these animated objects is a piece of cake. Simply add a few animated flowers, plants and more to your animations and your scene will naturally come to life! 

Try changing the speed of the wind effect to see how these nature items move.

Import your own license plates

Lumion 12.3 is about making your details count in a way that’s effortless for you to recreate your vision and impress your clients.

Now, with custom license plates in Lumion 12.3, it’s easier to anchor your design to a specific place, wherever that may be.

3D model by TEN OVER STUDIO.

With just one click, you can sync all vehicle plates to represent the project’s location to help tell a cohesive story of your design.

Other workflow and performance improvements

Every update comes with several minor improvements to provide a smoother, faster and more stable rendering experience.

Because rendering should, at the end of the day, be fun and unobtrusive. For a breakdown of small improvements made for Lumion 12.3, including the ability to add up to 32 layers, please review the Lumion 12.3 Release Notes.

Get Lumion 12.3

What are you waiting for? To add Lumion 12.3 to your design workflow, click here.


Tricia Lim

Tricia Lim

Digital Marketing Specialist