Lumion 11 Tips and Tricks: How to Use Real Sky Effects

Whether rain or shine, Lumion 11 has the right tools to incorporate a natural atmospheric effect into your design.

Atmospheric elements have a big part to play in your architectural design. Because it depends on the time of day or specific mood you want to incite. You could portray your design in a beautiful sunset glow or a rainy thunderstorm day. The bottom line is up to the story you want to tell.

Using Real Skies is simple and straightforward. In this blog, we’ll explore the different features and easy-to-build combinations of effects using Lumion to convey the specific climatic conditions you want.

Creating the atmosphere for the GFF House

Gui Felix from the Lumion Community created this design, the “GFF House”. This design features a newly built flat-topped residential home with ornate wood paneling. The home sits at the edge of town, in a prime location where the city meets the countryside.

Modeled in SketchUp, the GFF House features a simple structure amidst a large natural backdrop with sweeping views of the sky and greenery. 

House modelled in Sketech Up

Then, we used Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp, a real-time rendering plugin, to import the model and began crafting its context.

With the Build Mode in Lumion 11, we added natural elements found in the fine-detail nature category. The Materials library holds 1,250 customisable materials where you can modify with displacement, weathering, color, foliage and more. That’s how we added more life to the grass, wood, glass and stone materials here.

To note, each render in this blog features a variation of the Realistic Style effect. We used it to build our baseline effects stack. Furthermore, we increased the Exposure and Sharpen effects and saturated the blues and greens by using the Colour Correction which led to this final crisp concept.

Creating a beautiful summer day

House on a sunny day using Lumion

With the blank sky as a canvas, there really are endless possibilities to explore. The first setting we created was one of warmth and vibrance on a beautiful summer day. We introduced a bright blue sky, which highlighted the living flora and fauna surrounding it. 

To note, each render in this blog features a variation of the Realistic Style effect. We used it to build our baseline effects stack. Furthermore, we increased the Exposure and Sharpen effects and saturated the blues and greens by using the Colour Correction which led to this final crisp concept.

Creating cosiness in a thunderstorm

Using Lumion is all about achieving the right balance for your design. If you want to portray your design in a natural setting, take the example of a thunderstorm. How can you highlight the best parts of your building design, yet in a realistic dark thunderstorm?

House in a thunderstorm for lumion blog

Did you know you can build up the aesthetic of your building whilst adding comfort and cosiness to its interior? Of course, it’s good to maintain the balance between environmental lighting and your interior lighting to elicit that just right feeling of warmth in your viewers.

Pro tip: You can also add Lumion 11’s Precipitation effect and rain streaks effect to your glass surfaces to enhance the realism of your storm. 

To note, each render in this blog features a variation of the Realistic Style effect. We used it to build our baseline effects stack. Furthermore, we increased the Exposure and Sharpen effects and saturated the blues and greens by using the Colour Correction which led to this final crisp concept.

Creating a crisp morning

In architecture, there is more to a house than just a building and roof over your head. Using Lumion 11, you could play around with environmental lighting for different settings throughout the day. Imagine waking up to a crisp morning with soft and easy lighting, ready to tackle the day. 

Lumion blog house in the morning

You could evoke that feeling using Lumion 11’s Real Sky effects to set the appropriate mood. This can be done by combining the Color Correction effect with Chromatic Aberrations and a reduced sun shadow range (in the Shadow effect), as it also helps to balance the colour and create consistency throughout the image.

Not familiar with Lumion effects? Check out this helpful Lumion 11 overview video with Mike Brightman or head on over to the website to learn more.

Bring your vision to life with Lumion 11

Regardless of the story you want to tell for your building design, Lumion 11 can reduce your efforts with a simple interface and countless effects. Try out this tip by playing around with the atmosphere and climatic effects to stir up your viewers’ emotions. Trust me, it’ll add depth to your rendered design and develop your ideas into reality.

Tricia Lim

Tricia Lim

Digital Marketing Specialist

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