Adding Depth Via Fog

Adding Depth Via Fog

I thought I would pull another move from the Bob Ross play book. He was always great at creating depth in his paintings by saturating and darkening the elements that were closest to the viewer and then lightening the hills and mountains further off in the distance....
Sun Rays Tutorial (Video)

Sun Rays Tutorial (Video)

  I received a lot of feedback and emails from people after posting the “Honduras Illustration part 2” asking for a tutorial on adding light rays. I put together this video explaining how this was done. You will will realize that there’s not much to...
Quick Tip: Adjusting The Verticals

Quick Tip: Adjusting The Verticals

  As I get more into photography,  I find more and more things that overlap into architecture illustrations. One thing that I never thought about in school when creating illustrations was the idea of avoiding converging vertical lines. Obviously, this isn’t the...
Quick Tips: Image Softening

Quick Tips: Image Softening

  As with many of the other tips in this series, this tutorial adds a last minute “kick” to an architectural illustration. What is nice about this process is that the contrast is increased, but at the same time, the sharpness is decreased providing an...
Quick Tips: Vignetting

Quick Tips: Vignetting

  Vignetting is something you see a lot in photography, and it works just as well in architecture illustrations. The idea is simple, the edges of the illustration are darkened to “frame” the image and draw attention to the center. If there is a lot going on in the...
Quick Tips: Grunge

Quick Tips: Grunge

  This tutorial looks at some grunge and sketch overlays to add a little artistic styling to an architecture image and break away from the “fresh from the rendering engine” look that too many architecture presentations have. Sometimes, illustrations need a little...
Quick Tips: Color Overlays

Quick Tips: Color Overlays

  Layer blend modes in Photoshop are something that I use for every rendering I do. I often will add a color overlay to change the mood of the illustration and provide cohesiveness to the different elements of the illustration. This process is quick and the results...
Quick Tips: Adjusting Levels

Quick Tips: Adjusting Levels

  Adjusting the levels is similar to adjusting the contrast, but gives you more control. More importantly, it adds depth to an image and punches up the color just a bit. The process takes seconds, and is something I do at the beginning and end of post processing.    ...
Depth of Field Tutorial

Depth of Field Tutorial

  Adjusting the depth of field is an easy way to punch up many types of architectural renderings. I have been using this technique for a while now and have applied this concept to final presentation illustrations, model pics, and my graduate portfolio. There are...