Architectural Design Tools in Blender
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Architectural Design Tools in Blender

Interior Design from Start to Finish
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Created by Thomas McDonald
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop your creative and technical skills to create photo realistic interior scenes
  • Develop ideas and transform them into 2D and 3D images
  • Add material to objects
  • Create custom 3D models
  • Add light portals
  • Use the grease pencil
  • Use multiple types of cameras
  • Use the layer management system
  • Use environment textures
  • Use the Archimesh add-on
  • Use the Measureit add-on
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  • You should be able to use a PC at a beginner level
  • You should should have a computer capable of running Blender

Learn the basic concepts, tools and processes you will need to design and 3D model interior scenes.

Discover your creative side

Open Blender and discover a world of creativity. Blender is free, has industry standard tools and has a strong online community for help and support.

More industries than ever are starting to use Blender with more and more small production houses releasing work created using Blender. This will increase greatly over the coming years given the huge improvements to Blender in recent releases. Blender offers the full production pipeline and is constantly improving to ensure you get the best 3D tools available.

Content and Overview

In this course you are going to learn the whole process of creating a photo realistic interior bathroom scene. The course uses the very powerful free and open source software suite Blender.

The course is designed for practical learning that walks you step by step through the process from laying out your ideas on screen to creating custom 3D models, right the way through to adding materials, lighting, cameras and rendering the final scene.When you complete this course you will be able to use Blender as the complete drafting and 3D visualization package. With the latest release of Blender comes a feature packed design suite waiting to be discovered.

Take total control 

  • Design floor plans with ease
  • Learn how to quickly add rooms to the scene
  • Learn how to create your designed custom 3D models 
  • Add real world material to your scene 
  • Learn how to add real world lighting for that added realism
  • By learning Blender you will have complete control of every design element adding your own style to every project.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for interior designers who want to acquire the skill of 3D visualisation
  • This course is for anyone looking to learn a complete drafting to 3D visualization design suite
Curriculum For This Course
65 Lectures
2 Lectures 01:54

Get your free software and setting up Blender
3 Lectures 08:31 is where you will get the latest version of Blender. is where you will get a copy of Gimp

Blender will be the software covered in this course but as you develop with Blender Gimp will become a very useful image manipulation program.

Once you download it follow the install instructions and jump on into lecture 3.

Preview 01:05

Add-ons are additional features packed with Blender but need to be enabled to take effect. In this lecture we quickly cover this process. Blender uses right mouse button as the default select so we switch that to left, for ease of use. 

The Add-ons I enabled were:

3d View: 3D Navigation
3d View: Layer Management
3d View: MeauserIt
3d View: Modifiers Tools

Add Mesh: Extra Objects
Add Mesh: Archimesh
Add Mesh: Extra Objects

Mesh: LoopTools

Object: Bool Tool

Pie Menu: UI Pie Menu Official

Enabling additional features with add-ons

We are dealing with metric units of measure in the course so we begin by setting this system in Blender.  This is very straight forward but important because we are drawing to real world scale and want all object as close to real world dimensions as possible.

Setting up units of measurement

Which one of the following Editors is NOT part of the Blender default screen arrangement? 

Who's been reading?
1 question
Introduction to The Blender Interface
8 Lectures 22:30
The 3D View

The Timeline

The Properties Editor

The Outliner

The Info Editor

Mouse Buttons


Mesh Selection Methods
Discover the 2D drawing tools in Blender
2 Lectures 03:32
Grease Pencil Intro

Blender has a very nice tool for drawing on your computers screen called the grease pencil. This tool has been enhanced recently and you can do some very cool things. In this lecture I quickly show you the grease pencil and some of the features it contains.

Introduction to the Grease Pencil

Quick question on the grease pencil

Grease Pencil Question
2 questions
Planning out your Interior
7 Lectures 25:02

In this lecture I just expand a little on the introduction to the grease pencil and demonstrate how this tool can be used to get your rough ideas down on paper (so to speak).

Drawing with the Grease Pencil

One of the great things about Blender is its ease of use. This is especially true when working in the 3D editor and as demonstrated in this lecture where I go through the process of setting out a 2D plan of our bathroom. I will admit this takes practice and plenty of patience to quickly layout your ideas in this way, but with anything worth mastering, you have to put in the time.

Adding 2D outline plan of bathroom

Planning out your drawing in 2D format is a great way to both visualise the room you want and eliminate any design flaws before they become part of the final draft.

Developing the 2D drawing further

Blender has a great text feature that gives you full control. We only use this feature in a 2D format to label our objects but if you dive further into the text you will discover to change fonts, add thickness, animate almost every part of it, add material and even export it to a 3D printer.

Adding text to the drawing

Just like everything in Blender you have loads of options when it comes to the camera. You can add multiple cameras, change their sensor size, change the lens type, add depth of field, the list goes on. In this lecture we switch the camera type from perspective to orthographic and use this lens type to render out a 2D floor plan.

Switching the camera to orthographic lens type

The measureit add-on provides a great way to add dimension to the drawing. In this lecture we cover the basics this great feature has to offer.

Adding dimensions to the 2D drawing

One of the great things about Blender is the control you have and this is especially true when it comes to picking the format for developing your 2D designs. I quickly demonstrate how to save the layout as a .PNG image and save to your computer.

Preview 05:04
Architectural Design Tools
5 Lectures 21:51
Unleashing the power of the Archimesh feature

Introduction to the layer management system

Adding a Window to the scene

Introduction to the great cabinet feature in Archimesh
Take control & create your own Models
23 Lectures 02:12:53
Creating the vanity top

Modelling the bottom shelf of the vanity

The modelling images we will use

Adding these drawings as modelling Pictures

Adding Image for a side view

Modelling the toilet

Modelling the toilet Seat

Adding bath drawing as modelling Pictures

Modelling the bath

Finishing off the bath model

Modelling a button flush

Modelling the bath mixer

Modelling the bath mixers water pipe

Finishing off the bath mixer

Placing the bath mixer in the scene

Modelling the vanity taps

Modelling a shower Head

Modelling a towel holder

Modelling the vanity waste pipes

Modelling the splash back and mirror

Modelling square lights for the ceiling

Adding a roof light to the scene
Lighting & Materials
12 Lectures 48:08
An introduction to the Blender Cloud service

Adding an environment texture

Adding glass material

Applying a marble material to the Floor

Adding a marble material to the walls

Adding a bath tub material

Adding a mirror material

Adding a metal material

Adding a light material

Adding a vanity material

Adding a perspective camera to the scene

Adding light portals to the windows
Render out our Scene
2 Lectures 07:10
Adjusting the render settings

How to render out an Image
Bonus Section
1 Lecture 02:03
Extra Courses & Material
About the Instructor
Thomas McDonald
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Udemy Instructor, 3D Artist, Designer & Animator

Thomas mc Donald is a 3D Designer currently living in Kilkenny Ireland who has a passion for 3D modelling and animation and using Blenders powerful software allows his imagination come to life like never before.

Over the past 12 years he’s worked on various 3D Modelling programs designing for production. Having discovered Blender a number of years ago and realized its amazing potential for creating, the future has no limits.