ApplicationsRendered images, videos and 360 panoramas
CharacteristicsFast rendering speeds, compatibility with most design software, real-time rendering, photorealistic and conceptual effects, large objects and materials library, fits within any workflow or practice, simple user experience, no training is needed
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 style. With animated phasing, you can show how the parts of your building connect and interact, creating a dialogue with the viewer. Raindrops streak down the glass, volumetric fire casts a soft glow. The grass is softer, the light and shadow are more precise.
From a wave of workflow and performance improvements to innovative features that help you easily capture the nuances of life, Lumion 11 energizes your professional output, brings joy to the rendering process, and helps you, the architect, focus on what really matters to you.
As a rendering software for architects, Lumion aims to breathe life into the process of rendering, making it simple and even enjoyable to turn architectural designs into beautiful renders that express the uniqueness and life of your project. In this post, we’ll go through the new features in Lumion 11 Pro.
What’s new in Lumion 11
Plan views. Section views. From elevations to isometric.
The new orthographic view feature lets you embed life, color, and texture into all of your technical renderings. Instantly transform your standard documents into polished, one-of-a-kind images and videos, and maintain continuity with your other renderings without having to rely on other software. You can make exciting, lively plans, sections, elevations, and isometric views in just a few clicks, and express the simple yet beautiful perspectives of your vision throughout the design process.
Animated phasing (Pro only)
Image: Centric Bamboo and Gorilla Design
Begin with a blank landscape. Slowly, trees rise from the ground. The walls of a residential home materialize as if out of thin air, and the living room, bedroom, and kitchen furniture fall into place from the sky.
With the new animated phasing effect, you can show the process behind your design’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.
Rain streaks (Pro only)
When it’s raining and you don’t need to go outside, you get to curl up on the couch with a warm tea, turn on some soft music, and watch the raindrops streak across the glass. In moments like this, it’s easy to feel a sense of peace, of comfort, or perhaps a joyful melancholy. And now, you can capture this universal mood with the new rain streaks option as part of the Precipitation effect. 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, 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.
Micro shadows for spotlights
When you turn on the fine-detail shadows in Lumion 11, the new micro shadows for spotlights activate and infuse a soft gradient of shadow into all the tiniest details wherever you shine a spotlight. There is no extra step needed. With just a click, you’ll create a sense of depth and realism that pulls you right into the scene.
Improved grass lighting
You take off your shoes and almost feel the wet grass between your bare toes, the individual blades tickling the bottoms of your feet. In Lumion 11, the improved grass lighting technology helps connect your building design to the earth where it stands, turning the visual thrill of your renderings into a sensory one. Without any effort required from you, all the grass materials, including the customizable 3D grass and the landscape grass, look as if they’re softer and more representative of real-life landscapes.
Metallic car shader (Pro only)
With the new metallic car shader, the cars in your renders take on an impressive realistic quality, making them barely distinguishable from the real thing. Every element, every light throughout your render, reflects off the car’s chassis and windows, instantly and organically integrating the car into the project’s surroundings.
401 new objects (some Pro only)
Rendering life into your renders means more than visualizing four walls and a roof. It means revealing your house design in a forest of ginkgo balboas or Canadian poplars. It means showing the innocence of a child’s bedroom with stuffed animals and furniture or capturing an air of sophistication with stylish chairs, tables, bookshelves, and more.
Some of the new objects in Lumion 11 Pro include:
- 61 fine-detail nature models
- 177 interior models
- 49 people and animals (some animated)
- And many others...
All the new objects are HD quality, and the recent additions bring the total number of
items in the Lumion 11 Pro content library to 6,224*.
63 new materials
Image: Angular Lab
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.
- 17 wood floors and sidings
- 5 carpets
- 5 bricks
- 3 slate panels
- 3 sandstone tiles
- 2 asphalts
- 2 snow
- And many others...
Many of the materials in Lumion are of the highest quality, and they can be altered via displacement, weathering, soft edges (Pro only), and more. With the new additions, the total number of materials in Lumion 11 is 1,292*.
OSM satellite maps (Pro only)
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.
Custom IES spotlights
In Lumion 11, you can now import your own custom IES spotlights to connect your spotlight objects with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) lighting profiles. With custom IES spotlights, you no longer have to tweak and customize your spotlights; simply upload the relevant IES profile and recreate the exact lighting arrangement you need, illuminating the best parts of your project.
LiveSync for BricsCAD
Image: Pixel-Head Studio
Lumion LiveSync lets you create a seamless, real-time rendering connection between the leading CAD programs and Lumion, including SketchUp, Revit, ArchiCAD, Rhino, Vectorworks, and AutoCAD. 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.
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. No more guessing, no more ‘close enoughs’. Show your rendering with beautiful, accurate colors to manifest the life and emotion of your designed spaces.
High-quality viewer and theater preview
Get even closer to the final look and feel of your rendering with the updated high-quality preview effect. In Lumion 11, you can now apply the high-quality preview in the Lumion. Theater Mode and the Lumion Viewer, letting you see a high-quality version of your rendering before you actually hit the render button.
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. Transport your client into the living room of a residential sketch; experience the height of your commercial building with a fun painting effect applied. No matter what you intend to do with the panorama, the new artistic panorama effects expose the concept behind your project, and the meaning you’ve given it.
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. Within minutes of turning on the software, you’ll be working on your rendering project and breathing the beauty of life into your design.
Updated user interface
Ease and enjoyment are two qualities native to the Lumion rendering experience, and in Lumion 11, the updated user interface ensures a logical and intuitive flow as you work in the Lumion Editor or render out an image, movie or 360 panorama.
Updated color picker
Selecting the right colors for your project is simpler and more intuitive in Lumion 11. With RBG, HSV, and Hex color options, it takes only seconds to visualize an accurate arrangement of color that illustrates the project’s real-life appearance after it’s built.
Custom value input
Lumion 11 now allows you to enter custom values when crafting your scene and rendering. From placing a model to adjusting a material’s gloss. From adjusting the Depth of Field effect to changing the focal length.
Proxies for better FPS
When speed is of the essence, the new proxies for better FPS setting helps you get the most performance out of Lumion 11 when building large and/or complex scenes. By going to Settings and turning on the proxies, Lumion instantly optimizes the scene to give you a better, and smoother, rendering experience.
Lumion has 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. There are many other workflow and performance improvements in this version. Checkout the Lumion 11 Release Notes to discover just how Lumion 11 streamlines and eases the rendering process.
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