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Authentic Visualizations in Lumion 7

GAME CHANGER Lumion 7 has arrived and it is spectacular! Render times are even snappier than before and the improvement in output quality is apparent with every image you create. Lumion 7 is another quality release, rather than a “feature release”; it already does everything…
mike
November 28, 2016
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Lumion Summer Competition 2016

Hey Students!  Lumion is hosting another design competition this summer! All you need to do is re-imagine an iconic building, create an animation in the new free student version, and upload your original design by September 5, 2016. You could win $5000, your own Lumion Pro…
mike
July 28, 2016
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Expand Your Object Library

Efficient Visualizations Visualizations can be used to convey design to a client, raise money from investors, and help designers make informed decisions.  They can be polished for weeks or pushed out in hours.  Some visualizations are photorealistic, while others are sketchy and conceptual.  Regardless of…
mike
March 25, 2016
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Lumion 6 Review: New Features and Updates

Over the past few weeks I had an exciting opportunity to test drive Lumion 6.  In short, this release is best described as a "quality release".  You will not see a mass of new tools and buttons, but you will notice that everything you already loved about Lumion is…
mike
November 18, 2015
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3d Model Types For Designers

At Brightman Designs we work on a wide array of projects ranging from residential to commercial, traditional to modern, covering area from lots to blocks to miles of highway.  Each project brings specific needs and challenges for visually communicating design.  There is no one size…
mike
August 3, 2015
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MyLumion: Client Friendly 3d

Once the team at Brightman Designs discovered Lumion we abandoned all other rendering software and haven’t looked back.  We use Lumion every day, on every project.  Last month we were understandably excited when the Lumion 5.7 update came with the new MyLumion — a powerhouse…
mike
July 20, 2015
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Drones and Visualization

My older brother Steve and I have been fascinated by technology since day one. This started at a very early age with video games that developed strong eye hand coordination, then evolved into building, playing with, and destroying anything radio controlled. We worked through cars,…
mike
October 20, 2014
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SketchUp Drawing Foundations

During this SketchUp Online Help Session, I start out with a presentation on creating a watermark style using marker strokes poached from a Google image search.  After the brief presentation, I answered several questions with on the spot demos (see YouTube playlist below).  The following topics…
mike
October 6, 2014
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Introduction to Lumion

Lumion is an amazing rendering software that will completely change the way you visualize and explore designs.  The software is extremely fast and easy to use, yet surprisingly produces beautiful photorealistic images and animations.  How?  Lumion relies heavily on your graphics card, similar to a video game,…
mike
September 26, 2014
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SketchUp is BIM

The "SketchUp is BIM" webinar was a live discussion and presentation regarding SketchUp's expanding presence in the BIM arena.  I challenged attendees to rethink their definition of BIM and open their minds to new workflow possibilities.  This presentation focused on the most effective process for creating construction documents and…
mike
September 16, 2014