What’s New with Lumion

Discover how Lumion is constantly evolving to meet the needs of architects

Bring your designs to life with Lumion 12

When you imagine your next project, what do you see? How does it feel? And more importantly, will your client be able to feel it too? With Lumion 12 you can iterate and share your vision exactly as you imagine it — full of beauty, atmosphere and emotion.

Lumion 12 is coming soon, so stay tuned for more information about the variety of new features, content and tools to inspire the process from imagination to final render.

New to Lumion?

Lumion makes it easy to convey how your projects will translate into real-life experiences with intuitive tools, features, and a large content library. 

Starting October 1st, if you buy a new Lumion license, you’ll receive a free upgrade to Lumion 12 as soon as it’s released.

Already have an older version of Lumion? No problem!

You can already order an upgrade to Lumion 12, which is coming soon. Special upgrade pricing is now available for select Lumion users.

Breathe life into your designs with Lumion

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Top 10 new features in Lumion 11

• Orthographic view
• Animated phasing (Pro only)
• Rain streaks (Pro only)
• Volumetric fire (Pro only)
• Micro shadows for spotlights
• Improved grass lighting
• Metallic car shader (Pro only)
• New objects (some Pro only)
• New materials
• OSM satellite maps (Pro only)
• Custom IES spotlights
• LiveSync for BricsCAD
• RAL color picker
• High-quality theater preview
• Artistic panorama effects
• Basic tutorials for new users
• Updated user interface
• Other workflow improvements
• Foundation change

Close your eyes and visualize the real-life construction of your design. What do you see? How does it feel?

With Lumion 11, realizing your vision for the design has never been easier. New features such as orthographic views reduce the effort needed to create plan and section views full of life, color and your own unique flavor. With animated phasing, you can show how the parts of your building connect and interact, creating a dance and a dialogue with the viewer.

New features in Lumion 11.5

Architects love using Lumion for one important reason — it breathes life into rendering.

Lumion makes the process feel like a natural part of your craft, helping you produce beautiful results with ease at every phase of the design project. Its elegantly simple workflow guides you through a rendering experience peppered with moments of unexpected joy.

Whether for design development or the big client presentation, Lumion 11.3 continues to enhance the rendering process by bringing architects and the art of rendering even closer together.

No longer will you need hours of frustration and guesswork to produce compelling images and videos of your project.

With Lumion 11.3, the flow of ideas from your imagination to the computer screen encounters so little friction that rendering becomes an effortless tool in your design toolbox.

Show the life and emotion in your project, and enjoy the process along the way. Learn more about how Lumion 11.3 changes the relationship between architects and rendering.

Express the flavor of your designs

With Lumion 11, rendering is an integrated part of the design process, an activity that emboldens your craft and inspires your vision for the final result.

Orthographic view

At each stage of the design process, the new orthographic view feature in Lumion 11 lets you embed life, color and texture into all of your technical renderings. Make exciting, lively plans, sections, elevations and isometric views in just a few clicks, and maintain continuity with your other renderings without having to rely on other software.

Animated phasing (Pro only)

With the new animated phasing effect, you can show the process behind your project’s development or construction through the power of animation. Apply different transitions, make parts of your building appear and disappear and highlight what makes your building creative and unique.

Breathe the nuances of life into your designs

There is something about life you just can’t design in CAD. Maybe it’s the unpredictability. The energy. Beauty. Whatever it is, one thing is for certain — life is full of feeling.

With Lumion, you can render the beauty of life into your work. It’s simple to render the mood of a rainy day. Render lazy Sunday mornings. Render a New York minute or the peace of the countryside.

Rain streaks (Pro only)

In Lumion 11 Pro, the new rain streaks option, as part of the Precipitation effect, captures the peaceful atmosphere of sitting inside and watching the rain. With only a slight movement of the slider, dozens of dynamic, intelligent raindrops move down glass surfaces, a gripping detail that would otherwise take hours to get right.

Volumetric fire (Pro only)

The soft glow of fire tends to draw people together, and in Lumion 11 Pro, you can tap into the warm and welcoming atmosphere of fire with the new volumetric fire object. Simply add the new fire to cast a feeling of coziness and warmth to your interior and exterior renders, creating an uplifting mood that naturally attracts your audience into the space.

Metallic car shader (Pro)

With the new metallic car shader in Lumion 11 Pro, the cars in your renders take on an impressive realistic quality, making them barely distinguishable from the real thing.

New objects and materials

401 new objects (some Pro only)

Rendering life into your designs means more than visualizing four walls and roof. It means revealing the real-life experiences that people will have when interacting with your design. It means showing how a room’s furniture imparts a certain mood, how trees and nature can communicate an emotion. 

There are 401 new objects available in Lumion 11 Pro, including:

• 61 fine-detail nature models
• 177 interior models 
• 49 people and animals (some animated) 
• And many others…

With Lumion 11.5 Pro, you can also find an additional 73 retro-inspired objects and 50 non-animated characters in joyful poses.

All of the new objects are HD quality, and the new additions bring the total number of library assets in the Lumion 11.5 Pro content library to 6,347*.

63 new materials

Fabric that’s soft between your fingers. Coarse asphalt underneath your feet. The smell of leather, the sound of wood. Beautiful renders do more than communicate the material choices in your project; they ignite all the senses. 

With 63 new materials in Lumion 11, you can immerse your clients into a sensory experience, igniting memories of touch, smell, sound and sight. 

The new high-quality materials in Lumion 11 include:

• 17 wood floors and sidings• 3 sandstone tiles
• 5 carpets• 2 asphalts
• 5 bricks• 2 snow
• 3 slate panels• And many others…

Many of the materials in Lumion are of the highest quality, and they can be altered via weathering, soft edges (Pro only) and more. With the new additions, the total number of materials in Lumion 11.5 Pro is 1,292*.

Enjoy a simpler rendering workflow

Lumion fits right into your current architecture workflows and practices, from the very first sketches of form and shape to the final creation of your design documentation. Lumion is easy to learn and easy to use, making the process of rendering a satisfying, enjoyable experience.

Custom IES spotlights

With the new custom IES spotlights in Lumion 11, simply upload Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) lighting profiles to recreate the exact lighting arrangement you need, illuminating the best parts of your project.

RAL color picker

Lumion 11 now features a RAL color picker to ease your color selection and accurately connect it to the European color standard.

High-quality theater preview

It takes only a click to turn on the high-quality preview in Lumion Theater Mode and the Lumion Viewer, bringing you even closer to the final look and feel of your rendering before you actually hit the render button.

Basic tutorials for new users

First time using Lumion? No worries! For over a decade, architects have celebrated Lumion as a stunningly simple learning experience, and building on that theme, Lumion 11 now features an in-program tutorial for new users to help reduce (and virtually eliminate) the already-short learning curve of Lumion.

Workflow improvements

  1. Updated user interface
    Enjoy a logical and intuitive flow as you work.
  2. Updated color picker
    Selecting the right colors for your project is simpler and more intuitive.
  3. Custom value input
    Enter custom values when crafting your scene and rendering
  4. Proxies for better FPS
    Get the most performance out of Lumion 11 when building large and complex scenes

Easily craft your vision of the project

Lumion is an integrated part of the design process, providing speed and inspiration as you go from an idea to a constructed building or landscape.

Real-time rendering with LiveSync for BricsCAD

Lumion LiveSync lets you create a seamless, real-time rendering connection between the leading CAD programs and Lumion.

With LiveSync, it’s possible to get a feeling of your work-in-progress model immersed in its natural environment, cast under photorealistic skies and lifelike weather, and illuminated with diverse lighting conditions.

Lumion LiveSync continues to extend to new CAD packages as part of its functionality, and the latest in this long list of real-time rendering possibilities is LiveSync for BricsCAD, available in Lumion 11.

Real-time rendering with LiveSync for BricsCAD

Render an entire real-life city. The elevations of its terrain. And all the minor details that make up the landscape around it.

The OpenStreetMaps feature takes another leap forward in Lumion 11 Pro to include beautifully detailed satellite maps. With the new OSM satellite maps, the real-world terrain, rivers, farmland, and more are all available, from all over the world, in just a click as you download the OpenStreetMap for your building location.

Artistic panorama effects

In Lumion 11, you can now apply several artistic effects to your 360 panoramas, which you can experience on a mobile phone, tablet or many common VR headsets.

Lumion raindrops for Lumion 11 overview

Improved lighting realism, from the interior to the exterior

  • Omni shadows for spotlights
  • Micro shadows for spotlights
  • Improved grass lighting

Foundation change

We’ve always taken a stand on hardware and tech developments, innovating in a direction to allow you to add more life and personality to your renders with breathtaking simplicity. 

For Lumion 11, some very basic, foundational elements of Lumion have changed, though you won’t directly experience these changes in this version.

Tell the story behind your design with 11.3

In architecture, lighting is fundamental.

The dancing interplay of shadows and light is what makes you feel something about a space. It’s why entering a room can give you goosebumps or how sitting on the terrace on a summer’s evening becomes an unforgettable memory.

With a simplicity that’s as natural as sketching on a piece of paper, Lumion 11.3 guides you as you express the mood, life and uniqueness in the spaces you design.

Diffuse light throughout the bedroom of your interior project, casting vivid shadows of the furniture on the walls and the ceiling. Expose the beauty, the atmosphere or the chaotic nuances of how real life would unfold in the home you designed.

Add a little flavor when communicating the movement of people through a landscape design or a commercial building. With Lumion 11.3, there’s no limit to how you can help people experience the life and emotion contained within your design.

Shadows for omni lights

Lumion 11.3 feature omni light blog

With the new shadows for omni lights, available in Lumion 11.3, rendering architectural design in contrast with dynamic lighting becomes a natural, integrated part of your process. 

Multifunctional clip planes

lumion 11.3 multifunctional clip planes

Reveal all the layers of your design from a variety of different angles with our multifunctional clip planes feature.

New character silhouettes

lumion 11.3 character silhouette

Animate conceptual flow of foot traffic. Show a clear division of space. No matter what you want to accomplish, Lumion can help you get it done with the new character silhouettes. 

Rendered measurements

lumion 11.3 rendered measurements

Deftly create images that showcase all the measurements in your design. Render images that are both informative and creative.

Other improvements

  • Improved group selection
  • Updated lighting interface
  • New in-program user tutorials
  • Updated material highlight effect
  • Updated mass move effect

Transform Your CAD designs into breathtaking renders

With a Lumion license, you can turn any CAD design into a beautiful render at any phase of the design process. Standard and Professional editions are available.

Starting October 1st, if you buy a new Lumion license, you’ll receive a free upgrade to Lumion 12 as soon as it’s released.

* Model designs on this page and the showcase gallery by Angular Lab, Obra Visual, Centric Bamboo and Gorilla Design, TEN OVER STUDIO and Angello Marques Arquitetura e Design.