Lumion 11 Tips and Tricks: It's All in the Details

One of the best ways to liven up your ideas and designs is by focusing on the details. You can do this by adding touches of greenery, imperfect details and playing with the right textures. Visually, Lumion 11 can deliver on so many levels. You can find an extensive range of effects, tools, libraries and settings to curate the ideal environment for most designs. 

For this blog, we’ve curated some beautiful examples of Lumion renders that truly depict what it means for a 3D render to ‘come to life’. We’re going to explore some of the ways to add realistic details to your designs and renders. We’ll dive closely into a few renders from Lumion users and the specific details they used that can fill a render with life. 

Details on greenery surrounding building


There’s no denying that adding plants and green spaces can bring benefits to your design. You could create more aesthetic intrigue by creatively integrating flora into your architectural designs. Lumion’s built-in library is stocked with a vast array of high-quality nature and fine-detail nature objects. In this category, you can find everything from palm trees and outdoor plants to decorative flowers.

Lumion Greenery blog

To find the specific tree or plant you want, you simply have to type in the name of the plant in the search bar. This is particularly helpful when you need the greenery to reflect the real-life location.

With tools such as Mass Placement, Cluster Placement and Paint Placement, it’s easy to achieve a lifelike representation according to your design.

Make sure to use the fine-detail nature objects where they’ll have the most impact, by placing it in the foreground of your view to capture most of the details.

Lumion rendered house with details

Red house, rendered in Lumion by Ander Alencar.

Materials and texture

Architectural renders are all about convincing details. It is also necessary to communicate a sensation of touch by choosing the right materials and textures. With the help of displacement mapping and Lumion’s built-in library of over 1,250 customisable materials, you can present textures so tangible to the viewer. 

Lumion has 229 built-in displacement maps, however, you can also import your own displacement maps for any material choice which is restricted to Lumion materials. Feel free to check out the “Official Lumion list of texture collections.” for a more comprehensive resource.

Flaws and weathering

Speaking of delivering convincing details, another one worth noting is the ‘flawed and weathered’ touches of your design. For example, in reality, no building or surface will remain flawless over time. Certain designs will face erosion or natural weathering of some kind. Hence it is natural to show these realistic details into your designs and rendered projects.

Weathered details on statue

For instance, Lumion’s Weathering slider can help you add years of decay, erosion and asymmetry. You can tinker with the Edges slider and even import imperfections such as cracks and water stains with the Import new model option.

Blue house with wall details


These are just some examples and tips to explore whilst using Lumion 11 to further bring your designs to life. Follow along and try some of these tips into your rendering projects too. Remember, it’s all in the details!

Tricia Lim

Tricia Lim

Digital Marketing Specialist