Discover how to take your BIM projects to an entirely new level with photo-realistic renders and walk-throughs.

Spread across two, 3-hour sessions, this course will provide you with the skills to leverage Archicad’s inbuilt rendering engine to create impressive presentation visuals. Throughout the course, intermediate and advanced users will enjoy learning a variety of best practices and tips to achieve stunning results.

Course Outline Day 1 (3 Hours)

Modeling – 30 minutes

  • Arch Viz Work Environment
  • Layer Management
  • Attribute Management
  • Organizing the Organizer
  • Nailing the LOD
  • Batch Rendering

Composition – 30 minutes

  • Photo cameras vs. the human eye
  • Camera vs. Generic Perspective
  • Finding the right View
  • Tilt shift (2-point Perspective)
  • 3D Styles

Lighting – 120 minutes

  • Lamp Tool: Light Fixtures vs. Light Sources
  • Custom Light Fixtures
  • Lighting an Interior Scene
  • IES Lights
  • Light Source-based Special Effects (Volumetric Light, Noise, Caustics, Lens Flare)
  • Luminance Surface Chanel
  • Surface-Based Special Effects

Course Outline Day 2 (3 Hours)

Detailed Settings of the Engine – 60 minutes

  • Environment: HDRI or Physical Sky
  • Size Matters: Rendering Resolution vs. the 3D Window
  • Physical Renderer
  • Balancing Quality vs. Render Time
  • Light Mapping, Monochrome Model
  • General Options
  • Special Effects
  • Managing your Presets


Surfaces – 60 minutes

  • Creating a Surface from the Catalog vs. Starting from Scratch
  • Surface Channels
  • How to pronounce ‘Fresnel’
  • Variation, Parallax and enhanced Reflectance
  • Image Texture-based Surface
  • Create a Procedural Shader-based Surface
  • Texture Mapping
  • Coordinating CineRender and OpenGL

Extras – 60 minutes

  • The Terroir approach
  • ‘Who lives there?’ – Assets
  • Free Post-processing
Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, attendees will:

  1. Optimize the Building Information Model for rendering
  2. Effectively illuminate a rendering scene
  3. Utilize the detailed settings to harness the real power of the engine
  4. Gain maximum control of surfaces
  5. Efficiently apply basic post-processing
Other Information
  • This course will explore tools and techniques using the current version of the software (earlier versions will not be demonstrated)
  • Where this event is a Remote Learning (Live Webinar) Event: A recording of the session will be available to registrants for 30 days after the event
  • Where this course is being undertaken On-Demand (through online video recordings): You will have 6 months’ access to the course materials.
  • SSA Membership Discount: SSA Members use Coupon Code SSAPROMO to receive 20% off at Checkout
  • Refunds: Please see our FAQs page.