I’m trying to achieve 3DSMax/Vray/PS quality with Blender/Cycles/Gimp (sometimes Pixeluvo). This is my current result after 2 years spitting blood with the second workflow (So far so good but I know still a long way to go)
MC78 very nice renders with amazing lighting. @cekuhnen I’m interested in what renderer your students use for walkthroughs when using Blender. That slow performance for interiors becomes almost unbearable for walkthroughs then.
Being a hobbyist using only open source (Cycles) I have had some luck with baking walls lite by needed area lights and loosing one wall as camera moves. But, then of course you have the aggravation and time required for baking and a look which is not quite the same in my eye. Do you know of any open source renderer up to the job and if not what is the most reasonably priced one you have run across.
I’m around the ArchViz from 2004. I spent infinite days try to understand light and “emotion” in picture. Before I tried many engines above all Mental Ray, Vray, just a little Brazil and Yafaray.
Now I think that the engine is 30% important in how cool is the final result, considering a lot of work, experiments, coffee and manual post production too
So I use Cycles because is super flexible, free and open source; it is young and I think (hope) it will become faster and less noisy in near future, because that guys works great and fast. I think that today many renders A4 300dpi in superquality are quite impossible in professional times, but it’s ok for tablet/monitor images.
I use the metric unit. Nothing is baked. Baking & walkthrough is quite another workflow-universe, considering that for me postproduction is foundamental. But, Theoldghost, Blender/Cycles is the house of bake, you are at home! In case look for Texture Atlas add-on.
Now…the noise. Arrr… ArchViz/Cycles now in 2016 HAS noise. Especially in large closed rooms. I don’t have a tried method for remove noise yet. In general my current method is 8000 sample, Clamp indirect 30.00, Multiple Importance, large lights and G’Mic addon for Gimp - Repair menu.