Architectural Rendering

Architectural rendering is the skill or art of changing a proposed architectural design into a two-dimensional or 3D image.  Many people use this process to see how their new home, office, or other building will look before any building ever takes place.

Many talented architectural design firms are able to create photo realistic renders for their clients that are almost indistinguishable from a real-life picture.  These types of renderings have become an important part of the marketing and presentation world.  The real estate industry uses these realistic renders to help them understand what their project will look like and make any visual tweaks or modifications before any money is put down into construction.

Cost of Rendering Services

If you're looking to have someone render your new home design or need to have a company project rendered, there are many websites and companies that provide rendering services.  Architectural renderings can be fairly expensive and require a design to already be made.  Prices for rendering also vary greatly based on the project so these prices are a very rough estimate.

For most residential buildings and homes, you will be looking at around $280 to over $1000.  The cost of the rendering will be based on the square footage of the design as well as the difficulty or time the render will take to complete.

Commercial building rendering range from $280 to over $1200.  Again, the square footage plays a major role in the pricing as well as the skill of the company doing the renderings.

Architectural renders are simply works of art
Architectural renders are simply works of art

Education for Architectural Rendering

If you're considering getting into architectural rendering, there are many courses that you can take both in a college or online to help you learn the ropes.  One of the most popular courses on the internet for architects and students is a training course for AutoCAD.   AutoCAD is software commonly used by professionals for architectural rendering.  As with other online classes you can take, an online training course for AutoCAD will have its pros and cons.

The number one reason to do an online class is you're able to go at your own pace.  If you're a slow learner or don't have much time to apply to a conventional class, an online course is a great choice.  Another great thing about online courses is you aren't tied down to any specific area.  Even if you have to go out of state for something, you are still able to train on AutoCAD anywhere with internet access.  The other major advantage with an online training course is the cost is much less compared to one held on campus (hundreds and hundreds of dollars less).

The number one con about online courses is also the number one pro (you can go at your own pace).  Because there is no strict time line or syllabus, there can be times where you will lack motivation and have a hard time completing your studies.  Another problem is, if you do have a problem with an assignment or have difficulty learning a concept, you won't be able to contact an instructor right away.  Often, any questions asked will take up to 24 hours to be responded to.

With those pros and cons in mind, you can decide if doing an internet course would be best for you.  If you have a hard time learning on your own or have a hard time getting started doing something, you should probably look into a local training course at a college.

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Bercton 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Great information for the CAD world...what your views on Building Information model (BIM)?

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