Visualization & Animation

Streamlining the digital workflow using photorealistic interiors as an example

As a designer and CGI specialist, it is essential to regularly challenge and optimise your processes and test them with the latest tools. Therefore we set ourselves the task of developing virtual, photorealistic indoor scenes in the shortest possible time. In one day, from the idea to the finished image. A process that usually can take several days and weeks in collaboration with the client.

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Organisation

The  first step was to develop a mood board with objects, colours, and room  layouts to develop initial ideas. This step is fundamental as it sets the  direction of the final image. Once we establish the mood, we created initial  sketches. Then a selection of scene layouts was translated in the 3D program  through rough volumes. This step is significant in the process as it makes  the balance of the elements within the scene easier to evaluate.

Scene stage blockout

Once we had decided on a scene layout, we  began to detail it further. Pieces of furniture were modelled and positioned  according to the previous planning. A vital part of the image impression is  the lightning of the scene. For this, we tested the latest denoising  algorithms to achieve a more efficient workflow. A lengthy wait for  calculating the complex light conditions is drastically accelerated, allowing  the CGI specialist to make decisions more quickly.

Procedural material creation

In  addition to the lighting, our specialists also created the materials for the  virtual objects. It was essential to achieve a balance between realistic  visual appearance and efficient rendering speed.    Finally, the rendered image was post-processed. For this purpose, we tested  a procedural and node-based workflow. This workflow allows for a very  flexible workflow.

"I enjoyed working on this project. Especially because we used new tools and could test their strengths and weaknesses in a realistic workflow under time pressure."
Alexander Kaula
Digital experience designer