WHAT SHOULD 3D RENDERING AND
ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION SERVICES COST?
THE TWO MAIN FACTORS THAT AFFECT 3D RENDERING PRICING
The main cost of a 3D rendering is the labor required. Three people are generally involved in a 3D rendering project
- Project Manager
- 3D Artist
- Post Processing / Photoshop Artist
By far, the most significant component of the labor cost is the 3D Artist so that we are focused primarily on the 3D Artist's role.
WHAT DOES THE 3D ARTIST DO IN THE 3D RENDERING PROCESS?
To create a render, a 3D artist needs to:
1. Understand the plans and clients vision.
2. Create the model.
3. Texture the model.
4. Set up the lighting.
5. Set up the camera.
2. RENDERING TIME
Rendering time is the amount of time that it takes a computer to create your image. Rendering time is directly related to how realistic the image is, and how much detail you require. However, there are many tricks to create detail without adding much rendering time.
As a consumer, you should not worry too much about rendering time: that is the job of the rendering company! We provide the information below to help you understand why some projects cost more and take longer, then others.
WHAT INCREASES RENDERING TIME?
Depending on the rendering software, the number of light sources can sometimes significantly affect rendering times – thus, exterior scenes can render quite quickly. Another factor is the detail of the scene. The industry term for this is poly-count, which refers to the number of polygons used to model the scene. For more information, you can check out Wikipedia's 3D modelling page here.
A common element that significantly increases detail, and therefore rendering time, is foreground vegetation, background vegetation should be optimized with a technique of using billboards or sprites click here to learn more. Additionally, curved surfaces tend to require much more detail.
REDUCING RENDERING TIMES
The biggest single thing you can do to reduce rendering time is to reduce the number of required revisions by giving detailed plans and specific feedback. Every time you require a revision, some or all of the image needs to be re-rendered, so fewer revisions results in less total rendering time. Reducing revisions may save you money in the long run – at RealSpace, we generally price lower for returning customers, who we know we can work with efficiently.
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE EFFECT ON RENDERING TIME
With the constant improvements in computer hardware and the changes in rendering software, rendering time for still images is becoming a minor factor in price. However, the rendering time for animations is still a very relevant factor in their production cost.