Customer Spotlight: Product Design Student, Peter Zheng, Uses FluidRay to Present Product Ideas

Here’s something you probably haven’t seen before – a high-end, simple, ergonomic, and beautiful hair dryer. Sorry though, this product isn’t available just yet!

The FluidRay team first noticed Peter’s unique product ideas on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/peterzheng99/). Peter’s designs and his ability to realistically render the images caught our attention and we knew we needed to know more. As a student at Rhode Island School of Design, Peter spends a good portion of his days learning about product design and putting his skills to the test. Because of this, FluidRay is thrilled that Peter has incorporated our rendering tool into his education. 

“Rendering software is like the most critical step for product design to turn ideas into reality, quicker than making mock up models. The rendered items can give viewers (my professor) a visual impression.”

Peter Zheng

Product design depends heavily on visual models of how a product is intended to look. Peter specifically chose FluidRay for the following reasons:

  • FluidRay is affordable – even for a student!
  • It has an easy user interface
  • FluidRay is a fast, real-time renderer 
  • Materials needed for product designers are already in the FluidRay library

Affordable Rendering Tool

Our pricing plans make FluidRay accessible to anyone with no long term contracts or hidden fees making it the tool of choice for students, independent designers, and firms alike. Learn more about our pricing options and find a plan that works best for you. 

FluidRay Is Easy to Learn

FluidRay’s intuitive interface and straightforward training resources make learning 3D rendering effortless. Our engineers designed FluidRay with usability in mind and the workflow can be grasped in a matter of minutes. Check out our training tutorials for more details on learning how to render images in FluidRay. You’ll create designs quickly and easily, freeing yourself up to focus on imagining your next amazing project!

Real-time Renderer

FluidRay’s real-time capabilities allow you to immediately see edits and adjust designs on the fly. Decisions are made quickly and efficiently to shave time off your projects.

Extensive Materials Library

To make rendering even easier, FluidRay comes with a large library of environments, materials and backgrounds to suit most any design project. 

“FluidRay’s user interface is more straightforward compared to other rendering software, which means it requires less or no learning curve.”

Peter Zheng

For Peter’s design project, he needed to redesign an everyday product. He chose a hair dryer.

Peter wanted to step away from the traditional form of a hair dryer and create something beautiful and more ergonomic. He used Rhino to model the object and the scene, then imported the model into FluidRay to render it. 

In addition to modeling the ergonomic hair dryer, Peter developed a wooden prototype as an offer of another way to view the product.

The following rendered images show the hair dryer in its setting. You can appreciate the sleek design and imagine how it look on a bathroom counter. Beautiful!

To check out more of Peter’s designs, please visit his website where he showcases his design skills and the power of FluidRay! 

If you are interested in trying FluidRay for your product designs, please visit our website for a free-trial. You will see how fast and easy it is to turn your 3D models into realistic images that will inspire your audience! 

Rendering Software Important Features for Interior Designers

Many interior designers already know how much their clients appreciate seeing realistic images of interior designs. A rendered image allows designers to create very detailed and realistic designs to share with their clients. These detailed images make communicating ideas efficient and effective, saving money on your projects. 

If you’re an interior designer just getting started with 3d rendering, what features in rendering software should you care about? As you begin to analyze the many vendors that sell rendering software, you’ll notice there are many features to consider. Which ones matter? We’ve compiled a list here for you of rendering software features that interior designers care about. Keep these in mind as you do your research but remember – the best way to analyze software is to try it yourself. FluidRay makes it easy by offering a free trial so you can do just that.

Happy rendering!

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Rendering Software Important Features for Interior Designers

Easy to Learn

You want to work in an intuitive interface with straightforward menus to keep your projects moving along quickly. As you are considering different software, determine what support the rendering software vendor provides. Are tutorials available and easy to find? Are experts available to answer questions? You want to be up and running as quickly as possible so selecting a rendering tool that is easy to learn is one of the most important features and why we’ve listed it first. Interior designers need to spend their time designing, not fiddling around in new software. 

Compatible 

Rendering software starts with a 3D model created in modeling software such as SketchUp, Rhino, or AutoCAD. Make sure your rendering software is compatible with the modeling tool you use. FluidRay, for example, works with any 3d modeling software that lets you export model files. This flexibility is ideal for designers who use more than one 3d modeling software or plan to switch in the future.

Works Well on Most Computers

Rendering software is often hardware intensive and designers sometimes need to purchase bigger, more expensive systems to run their rendering software programs. This is not true, however, for all rendering software. Look for a program that will run on the computer you already own, your bank account will thank you for it!

Affordable

Why spend more than is necessary on rendering software? Prices range dramatically and it’s important to map your needs to software features to avoid over paying. Look for software that offers a free trial to help determine if the software is a good fit for your workflow.

Does What You Need It to Do

Interior designers need a rendering tool that provides the following specifics:

  • Lighting: Lighting is an important part of rendering because it helps bring an image to life. You want many lighting options, both inside and outside, and you want it to be FAST.
  • Extensive materials library: You’re going to need a large amount of materials available, particularly if you design a variety of interiors. You’ll want many fabrics, paint colors, surfaces, flooring options, lights, and everything else you might include in a design. Make sure your rendering tool has you covered.
  • Caustics: Will you include water in your designs? Perhaps you will design an indoor fountain or pool. You’ll need to confirm your rendering software efficiently handles this small, yet important, detail.
  • Camera positioning: As you create designs, you want your images to be viewed from multiple angles as well as very specific angles like from above or a side view. Check out camera positioning when you evaluate software.
  • Flexible emissive materials: If you plan to include a fireplace in any of your designs, you want to be able to make emissive materials transparent. Think of flames in a fireplace and how delighted your clients will be to see that in a rendered image.

Real-time Rendering

Surprisingly, the real-time feature is not available in all rendering software applications. This important feature lets you see changes to your rendering as you make them instead of being required to wait several minutes or hours to see changes. Not only does this streamline your workflow but it also makes client communication extra impressive. Imagine your client’s delight when granite is changed to marble right in front of her eyes!  

This list of important rendering software features will jumpstart your selection process! Why not try FluidRay? It excels in each of these features and is proven among designers, particularly interior designers.

Why FluidRay Is the Best Rendering Software

Until recently, architects, interior designers, jewelry designers, and other product designers relied on 2D and 3D drawings to share with their customers design ideas. These drawings provided details like dimensions, heights, sizing, material thicknesses, and surfaces; for the most part, these details sufficiently got design ideas across. 

Today, designers are able to greatly enhance their 3D models with photorealistic renderings. Renderings enable designers to showcase their work and effectively communicate ideas to customers. Just imagine, sharing a realistic image with customers instead of a simple model and really getting down to the finer details of a design. As a result, designs are finalized more quickly and customers are delighted.

What is Rendering

Rendering is the process that turns a 3D model into a highly realistic image. 

Rendered images are particularly useful to designers because they illustrate an idea rather than something that already exists. These images give the impression though that they are real which, in turn, gives customers a true idea of what the final product will look like. For instance, when applying materials such as hardwood flooring to a design, customers can make decisions early in the project saving time and money.

FluidRay Rendering Software

FluidRay boasts several characteristics that set it apart from other rendering applications and make it the best rendering software for designers. 

Compatibility with SketchUp

FluidRay’s built-in compatibility with SketchUp enables designers to create 3D models in SketchUp and then easily import them into the FluidRay interface. 

Design in Real Time

Quickly share multiple design options and adjust designs on the fly. Decisions are made quickly and efficiently to shave time off your projects.

Save Money

Design changes and issues are discovered early, before construction begins or materials are purchased, to avoid costly delays. 

Create Detailed Designs

Clients can better visualize the entire project and sample different items like materials, fixtures, paint colors and lighting.

Communicate Ideas

Communicate design ideas and modifications to your clients quickly and effectively to keep projects moving forward.

Impress Clients

Create attention grabbing design presentations that highlight your vision and abilities winning over even the most demanding of clients.

Learn Quickly

FluidRay’s intuitive interface and straightforward menus make rendering fast and easy to learn.

Are you ready to learn rendering for your next design project? Our pricing is inexpensive and we offer a free trial so you can see for yourself how fast and easy it is to turn your 3D models into realistic images that will inspire your clients. To learn how to create beautiful renderings in FluidRay, we provide a library of training tutorials. Experience the good side of rendering today!

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Improve Your SketchUp Interior Design Rendering Skills With These Tutorials

Are you an interior designer learning how to render your 3D SketchUp models? Rendering interiors in FluidRay is very easy, quick, and affordable. Designers don’t need expensive hardware because our software runs smoothly on most computers. Also, FluidRay creates designs in real-time so designers can see and modify their work as they go. If you are new to rendering or just new to FluidRay, we invite you to explore our tutorials to help you get the most out of FluidRay. We will help you create beautiful renderings that will impress your clients!  

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FluidRay includes many features to help you create a realistic rendering.

  • Fast rendering allows you to create and edit in real-time without long processing times
  • Extensive library of textures and materials
  • Lightning fast lighting options
  • Superior caustics enable you to include realistic pools and other water features 
  • Exact camera positioning so you can display your designs from multiple angles
  • Precise emissive materials make creating light from a fireplace or television painless
  • Efficient textures mean designers don’t need a computer with extra memory

In case that isn’t enough to convince you, FluidRay offers interior designers many benefits including:

  • Ability to create more detailed designs: Clients can better visualize the entire project and sample different items like materials, fixtures, paint colors and lighting. Seeing the final design makes it easy for a client to visualize their space and ultimately select you as their designer. 
  • Money in your pocket: By examining the design details early, issues and needed changes become apparent early. Addressing issues before materials are purchased keeps the project moving forward and avoids costly delays. 
  • Impressed clients: Your design presentations will highlight your abilities in an impressive, easy-to-view format. Design is highly competitive and presentations must be attention grabbing. Renderings do exactly that. You’ll create excitement and win over even the most demanding of clients. 
  • Flexibility to change options in real time or quickly present multiple design options: Clients are notorious for not knowing exactly what they want or they change their minds several times during the design process. Using a rendering tool, like FluidRay, allows for multiple design options to be shared and details to be modified in real-time to better facilitate the process. When clients can see multiple options, decisions are made quickly which, in turn, shaves time off a project.
  • Effective communication: Sharing design ideas and iterations is certainly one of the most important aspects of the relationship between designer and client. Because of FluidRay’s real-time nature, modifications are made in seconds enabling communication between you and your client to move forward efficiently.

The following tutorials will teach you how to create beautiful renderings from your 3D SketchUp models. 

Interior Rendering Tutorial with SketchUp and FluidRay

Interior Rendering with SketchUp and FluidRay

How to Set Textures, Materials, and Lighting with FluidRay

SketchUp Rendering with FluidRay

How to Perfect Your SketchUp Model Environment in FluidRay

SketchUp Interior Rendering with FluidRay

FluidRay’s extensive features, easy-to-use interface, quick rendering capabilities, affordability, stunning designs, and SketchUp compatibility make it the perfect rendering software for interior designers. 

If you want to experience how FluidRay can help you inspire your clients, download our software for a free trial. Our pricing is inexpensive so anyone can experience the good side of rendering!

6 Amazing Rendering Examples That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Have you seen rendering examples that really impress you? Many designers already know the benefits of using a rendering tool to showcase their work to current and potential clients. Incorporating a rendering tool, such as FluidRay, into your workflow is easy and works well for architectural designs, interior designs, jewelry designs, or other project designs. To list several of the benefits, 3D renderings help designers:

  • Create more detailed designs
  • Save money
  • Impress clients
  • Change options in real time and/or quickly present multiple design options
  • Communicate ideas more effectively

We’ve compiled 6 amazing rendering examples that highlight the power of FluidRay. Do you have an amazing rendering to share

1. 3D rendering of interior room with outside lighting

This rendering is so realistic it could easily be found on someone’s phone. The reflection on the wall and the shadows under the table bring this image to life. Credit: Mahdi AR

2. 3D rendering of a car

The curves of metal and reflections of light give this car an authentic feeling that will make anyone yearn to drive it. Credit: Bahri Designs

3. 3D rendering of an interior with houseplants

Photorealistic Interior Render with FluidRay
This rendering includes details that could be found in an actual photograph of an interior. The houseplants on the wall and the magazine and glass on the counter highlight FluidRay’s capabilities. Credit: FluidRay Designer

4. 3D rendering of a designer’s desk

It is easy to picture yourself safely designing at this quiet desk while getting inspiration from the city out the window. Credit: Bahri Design

5. 3D rendering of an evening restaurant

Restaurant at night rendering with FluidRay
This evening scene captures the light reflections on the water making the rendering appear natural.

6. 3D rendering of a cafe

Check out the materials used in this rendering of the exterior of a cafe. The wooden panels, glass siding, and stone walkway are done just right. Credit: Mahdi AR

Do you use a rendering tool?  If you want to experience the power of how FluidRay can help you create amazing renderings, download our software for a free trial. Our pricing is inexpensive and we offer an extensive library of tutorials so anyone can experience the good side of rendering!

5 Expert Tips for a Beautiful Architectural Rendering

Make no mistake about it, creating the perfect architectural rendering can be time consuming and frustrating. The amount of detail, materials, colors, and textures that go into creating a beautiful rendering can quickly become overwhelming. With that said, a few simple tips can help take your architectural rendering to the next level so you can effectively communicate your designs and architectural talents to your clients. When done right, renderings will set you apart from your competition and demonstrate your capabilities. The FluidRay team has curated our 5 top expert tips to help you create beautiful architectural renderings.

1. Create Believable Surroundings

To create a realistic architectural rendering, include believable surroundings to help set the feeling of the image. Selecting an appropriate background will draw the viewer into the rendering and help them experience the details of the final architectural design. Consider details like sky, ground, natural bodies of water, trees, and other nearby structures and aim for simple, yet accurate, details. Use natural colors and minimize complicated scenes for an architectural rendering that will impress viewers and highlight your architectural design abilities. 

Daylight Exterior Architectural Rendering with FluidRay
Structure with natural surroundings

2.  Illuminate, Illuminate, Illuminate

One of the most important aspects of an architectural rendering is the lighting. You’ll want to pay attention to both environmental lighting and artificial lighting. Creating these lighting effects in FluidRay is fast, easy, and produces beautiful results that will impress your clients! Get this right and your rendering is realistic and beautiful. Done incorrectly though, your rendering is awkward. Luckily, with a little attention, illuminating your architectural rendering properly is easy. In fact, this short architectural rendering tutorial explains how to set lighting in your FluidRay rendering. Note, that while this tutorial starts with a Rhino 3d model, FluidRay is compatible with most 3d modeling software applications.

Architectural Rendering in Rhino and FluidRay

 

3. Take Advantage of Caustics

Caustics are the flickers of light that come off water and are a significant contributor to lighting in the real world. In rendering, these flickers are often quite tricky to perfect. Designers will often avoid the need for caustics by leaving water out of their renderings. Including caustics though makes a rendering that much more believable. FluidRay handles caustics effectively and efficiently, allowing you to take advantage of this important lighting detail. Go ahead and include fountains or ponds in your architectural rendering!

FluidRay exterior render with pool
Outdoor pool with caustics

4. Refine Textures and Materials

An architectural rendering incorporates many colors, textures, and materials. Certain materials and textures will look different depending on the situation and especially the time of the day. For example, if your rendering is intended to look like a photograph shot during the morning golden hour, you’ll want the rendering to look bright and warm and not “orangey”. Refine textures and materials to look realistic to the environment and include the appropriate level of dullness or shine. This tutorial describes how to apply textures and materials to your rendering. Because FluidRay renders in real-time, you can quickly adjust textures and materials in the viewport until the rendering looks just right.

 

5. Determine Your Focal Point/Camera Position

Setting the focal point of a rendering to be viewed from a specific angle or point of view allows you to create a certain tone and more natural look. Perhaps you want your image to be viewed from above or from an angle. Or, perhaps you want to focus on a small portion of the building to highlight a specific feature. Consider what you are trying to emphasize in your rendering and choose a focal point accordingly. 

Rendered in FluidRay by Mark Dimarzio
Rendered in FluidRay by Mark Dimarzio

FluidRay helps architects easily create beautiful architectural renderings. If you want to experience the power of how FluidRay can help you create expert  architectural renderings, download our software for a free trial. Our pricing is inexpensive and we offer an extensive library of tutorials so anyone can experience the good side of rendering!

FluidRay: Jewelry Design Rendering Software

Jewelry designers traditionally would create jewelry designs with pencil and paper to share design ideas. Next, the jewelry piece was carved out in wax or plastic to give customers an opportunity to interact with the prototype and decide if the piece was right. While many designers still create models this way, rendering software will take a jewelers design ideas to the next level. Now, it is much more convenient, fast, and cost effective to create realistic models using a rendering software, like FluidRay, to communicate design ideas. Are you a jewelry designer who is considering incorporating rendering software into your workflow? Keep reading to learn more about the many benefits rendering software offers to jewelry designers.

Benefits to Using FluidRay Rendering Software for Jewelry Design:

 

Design in Real Time

Quickly share multiple design options and adjust jewelry designs on the fly. Decisions are made quickly and efficiently to shave time off your projects.

Save Money

Design issues are discovered early, before materials are purchased, avoiding costly mistakes. 

Create Detailed Designs

Customers can better visualize the final piece and sample different materials, shapes, and colors.

Communicate Ideas

Communicate design ideas and modifications to your customers quickly and effectively to keep projects moving forward.

Impress Customers

Create attention grabbing design presentations that highlight your vision and abilities winning over even the most demanding of customers.

Learn Quickly

FluidRay’s intuitive interface and straightforward menus make rendering fast and easy to learn.

Designers can create beautiful renders in 4 simple steps:

1. Import 3D Model

Directly in the FluidRay dashboard, you can import your 3d model created in a modeling tool such as SketchUp, Rhino, AutoCAD or other, simply by selecting Import from the main menu. Once your model is created, import the file into FluidRay. 

FluidRay works directly with SketchUp (.skp), Rhino OpenNurbs (.3dm), FBX (.fbx), Alias Wavefront (.obj), Collada (.dae), 3DS (.3ds, .ase), DirectX (.X), Stanford PLY (.ply), and STereoLithography (.stl). 

If your filetype isn’t listed here, simply export to an .fbx file within your 3D modeling software and then import into FluidRay. 

2. Apply Lighting

Environmental light comes from the outside, rather than from the inside. Environmental light is a global parameter, meaning it will affect the entire jewelry rendering, not only one part of it. Apply environmental lighting to your jewelry design to give it a realistic look and feel.

3. Add Reflections

Reflections add to the realistic nature of a rendering, particularly with jewelry or other metal materials. Adjust the reflections in real-time until the piece looks just right.

 

5. Assign Materials

Finally, we assign materials to the model to finish the jewelry piece. In this example, we start by adding gold. Once that is set, add the gem and you can see how the materials will react in real-time when adjusting the lighting and reflections. FluidRay’s extensive library of materials allows designers to create shapes and apply different materials until the rendering looks exactly right. Making beautiful previews of your jewelry designs is easy with FluidRay. In just a few minutes you can turn your jewelry prototype into a real-life photo-realistic image.

This video provides a quick tutorial on how to create a jewelry rendering in FluidRay.

Are you ready to learn rendering for your next jewelry design project? Our pricing is inexpensive and we offer a free trial so you can see how fast and easy it is to turn your 3D models into realistic images that will inspire your jewelry customers. To learn how to create beautiful jewelry renderings in FluidRay, we provide a library of training tutorials

See for yourself how quickly you can go from a 3D model to a beautiful FluidRay rendering.  Experience the good side of rendering today!

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The Best Rendering Software for SketchUp

Now more than ever architects, interior designers, jewelry designers, and other product designers are using rendering tools, like FluidRay, to share their designs with current and potential clients. Designers choose FluidRay because our tutorials, support, and online community make it simple and fast to incorporate beautiful renderings into their SketchUp workflow. 

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FluidRay’s built-in compatibility with SketchUp enables designers to create 3D models in SketchUp and then easily import them into the FluidRay interface. Renderings are fast, easy, and beautiful! Designers repeatedly choose FluidRay as the best rendering software for SketchUp for several reasons: 

Design in Real Time

Quickly share multiple design options and adjust designs on the fly. Decisions are made quickly and efficiently to shave time off your projects.

Save Money

Design changes and issues are discovered early, before construction begins or materials are purchased, to avoid costly delays. 

Create Detailed Designs

Clients can better visualize the entire project and sample different items like materials, fixtures, paint colors and lighting.

Communicate Ideas

Communicate design ideas and modifications to your clients quickly and effectively to keep projects moving forward.

Impress Clients

Create attention grabbing design presentations that highlight your vision and abilities winning over even the most demanding of clients.

Learn Quickly

FluidRay’s intuitive interface and straightforward menus make rendering fast and easy to learn.

Here’s a recent video tutorial that teaches how simple it is to create a rendering from a SketchUp 3d model.

Interior Rendering with SketchUp and FluidRay

Are you ready to learn rendering for your next SketchUp design project? Our pricing is inexpensive and we offer a free trial so you can see for yourself how fast and easy it is to turn your 3D SketchUp models into realistic images that will inspire your clients. To learn how to create beautiful renderings in FluidRay, we provide a library of training tutorials. Experience the good side of rendering today!

Our 10 Favorite 2020 Software Renderings (so far)

Make no mistake about it – rendering software will bring your 3d model to life. Architects, interior designers, jewelry designers and other product designers rely on beautiful renderings to communicate designs to their clients. Clients love viewing renderings because they get a reliable preview of the final product. 

2020 is proving to be a year with fewer events, fewer get-togethers, and fewer travels. But it is NOT a year with fewer renderings. FluidRay is proud to share our 10 favorite renderings of 2020 (so far). 

1. Small House

architectural rendering

Why we love this rendering: This realistic architectural rendering highlights the flexibility of FluidRay. While this house is located in a garden setting, the designer can quickly change the materials to meet the needs of a customer interested in a different environment. Credit: https://smallhousecatalog.com/

2. Candles Behind Glass

Candles rendering with FluidRay

Why we love this rendering: This image shows off the lighting powers of FluidRay. Notice the light from the candle through the glass while also the window reflection. This rendering showcases the power of FluidRay. 

3. Fast Car

Porsche rendering with FluidRay

Why we love this rendering: The metallic materials and curves of the car make this rendering look like a real image. Can’t you imagine yourself on a windy road right now? 

4. Villa with Pool

FluidRay exterior rendering

Why we love this rendering: Check out the shadows and caustics in this rendering. The pool looks so inviting. A+

5. Sunset

Rendered in FluidRay by Marco Piva

Why we love this rendering: The glimmer from the sunset lights up this hillside house just right. Photo credit: Marco Piva

6. Kitchen Interior Design

Living Room Render with FluidRay

Why we love this rendering: This beautiful space involves interior lighting (kitchen lights and lamps) as well as sunlight streaming in through the glass windows. Interior designers take notice! 

7. Textured Wall

Interior rendering with FluidRay

Why we love this rendering: This interior rendering does a nice job with the materials – particularly the textures on the wall. We also love the realistic view of the horizon.

8. Stone Walls

Exterior rendering with FluidRay

Why we love this rendering: The stone walls and tile roofing provide a level of detail that any designer can appreciate.

9. Engagement Ring

Engagement ring rendering width FluidRay

Why we love this rendering: The materials on this engagement ring perfectly reflect the light, giving it a very realistic look. 

10. Contemporary Shelf

Bottle holder rendering with FluidRay

Why we love this rendering: This shelf highlights how helpful a rendering is for a designer to depict the different materials available. Imagine this shelf available in wood, metal or plastic. 

As you can see, these 10 renderings really bring designs to life. Do you have a favorite rendering you’ve created with FluidRay? Our team would love to see it and share it with our followers. Please submit your renderings here. Are you interested in trying FluidRay for free? FluidRay is easy to learn and we offer a free trial to get you started. 

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FluidRay’s extensive features, easy-to-use interface, quick rendering capabilities, affordability, stunning designs, and modeling software compatibility make it the perfect rendering software for designers. Our pricing is inexpensive so anyone can experience the good side of rendering!