Everything you need to know about Photorealistic 3D Rendering

Everything you need to know about photorealistic 3d rendering 3D Rendering


In the modern world, the demand for technology is growing very fast. Over time, computer graphics, including 3D visualization, earned a special place. At the same time, it is impossible not to face a huge number of questions and suggestions that can make you confused. So, we can help you figure it out. Complete knowledge of the photorealistic 3D renderings would allow you to optimize it for your needs and make the right choice according to the goal.

3D Visualization and 3D Rendering: Short view

Let’s start with the beginning. So, what is 3D Visualization, and why is it important? This is a procedure that includes several stages of creating a visual, realistic form of a specific product that you want to demonstrate. Visualization progress and its surveys proceed to search for the best ways to better and more efficiently simulate key features of the project. 

Rendering is one of the last stages in photorealistic visualization. It is the process of creating detailed and realistic images from a digital 3D model. It gives you a clear idea of ​​how the product will look in real life. Today, photorealistic 3D rendering is often used at various conferences, presentations, and exhibitions.

Gold bloom house

What is photorealistic 3D Rendering?

Photorealistic 3D rendering is the process of obtaining an image of the model using a computer program. The secret of this process is that pictures look so similar to those captured with a traditional camera that it’s hard to distinguish from “real” photography. How to achieve this effect? By applying specific rendering techniques while working with certain engines.

To get a photorealistic and flawless 3D image, artists need to consider and complete some editing processes, including a combination of lighting and texturing. They also need to perform post-production while customizing final renderings. These types of images are useful in many areas, especially in architecture and interior design, furniture catalogs, product design and prototypes, and real estate marketing.  

Mazeken room

How do you make 3D renders look photorealistic?

To achieve a photorealistic effect, different rendering techniques and methods are used to obtain the desired result and achieve the set goal. 

  1. IES light profiles for photometric lighting – by far the most important detail when creating photorealistic renders is having the right lighting setup to simulate more realistically.
  2. Using chamfer is a way to achieve maximum realism by “smoothing” sharp edges, which practically do not exist in nature.
  3. Texture-mapping.
  4. Depth of field will make it possible to focus on the desired objects and highlight them from the overall picture.
  5. Chromatic aberration will make the subject more realistic. It is most often used for exterior renderings.  Learn more about 3D Exterior rendering.
  6. Natural effect – can be achieved with details such as cracks, drops, lines, etc.
  7. Asymmetry.
  8. Mirror maps allow for 3D rendering to indicate the location of the glitter or reflection (high specularity), thereby highlighting them.
  9. Final correction and adjustment of renders by avoiding excessive perfectionism.

In general, in addition to professional technical support that allows us to make images high-quality and full-dimensional, our specialists use personal techniques and secrets that have been formed over the years. Experience reveals access to incredible results.

How can I make an interior render more photorealistic?

Photorealistic interior rendering is carried out by creating individual details, any of which requires attention to obtain a coherent model of the image. Read about 3D Interior rendering.

Steps to take:

  • Calculation and editing of the scale of objects for 3D rendering
  • Adjusting lighting
  • Using high-quality materials
  • Scene setup – field of view and image orientation
  • Ensuring the consistency of textures, colors, shapes, proportions, textures of good quality
  • Overview of the composition as a whole

Modern software allows you to use all of these techniques to make the photorealistic interior. What else can I use to do that perfectly? The answer lies in attention to detail and choosing the right software. Most of them include many tools for producing high-quality images. Some of the most popular programs for 3D visualization are 3ds Max, Sketch up, Archicad,  Blender, Autocad.  Learn more about 3D rendering software.

How can I make an architectural rendering more photorealistic?

Photorealistic architectural rendering has been a real breakthrough for architectural design professionals, opening up new possibilities for visualizing objects, providing a fully armed technique to help determine the size of a building, as well as the type of design or style that can be used. Such photorealistic architectural visualization gives the ability to make and demonstrate presentations of potential buildings with all the elements such as the floor plans layout, exterior and interior designs, site plans, etc. Our professionals have a certain knowledge base in the field of construction and apply a spatial vision to make the future building look attractive. We create projects as they will be in life, so we need to match the object of pre-reality with all the smallest aspects. Learn more about 3D Architecture Animation.

Commercial skyscraper street view Hearst Tower


Every day, rendering systems are used more and more in various fields of activity. 3D photorealism can help streamline the discussion process to make changes based on feedback from customers and other stakeholders, which in turn speeds up the market entry of new ideas and the frequency of edits. Volumetric models of various objects are distinguished by their detailed and precise elaboration. Photorealistic product rendering is carried out using professional and special software. It helps our clients in convincing any audience with a more accurate presentation of their ideas in the most favorable light possible. 

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Cassandra Brunson
4 months ago
Applet3D has allowed me to present high quality and professional renderings to my clients. Emma and Julie are both quick to respond and go far beyond to help me meet deadlines. Communicating ideas are easy. They just get it!!!! My clients and I are extremely satisfied with their work. Applet3D has far exceeded my expectations!!!! Excellent Customer Service and Superior Talent!
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