One of the biggest new features coming in ArchiCAD 18 is the new Cinerender rendering engine.
It’s essentially a version of the powerful Cinema 4D Renderer which has been specially customised to fit into ArchiCAD and make rendering as easy to use as just a few mouse-clicks, while still producing amazing looking results.
Seriously – some of these are actually hard to believe as renders rather than just photos.
You won’t have to change your workflow to accommodate either – just hit the Photorender button and it’ll make a great looking render without you having done anything at all.
If you want to go further, you can modify a couple of settings the affect the way that the render looks to get even better results, and to make them more customised to the ‘look’ that you want, or to suit your particular design.
And if you want all the bells and whistles, you can do that too – just change into ‘Detailed Settings’ mode, and you’ll have sliders and checkboxes and buttons for pretty much everything you can imagine. Obviously, mastering this mode will be a lot more work, but if you want to put the work in, it will pay off in the resulting image you get.
I’ll go into more detail about some of the settings later on, but here’s a good overview of how the new render engine works:
Just have a look at these and tell me they don’t look pretty close to photos: