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Intro to Lumion

What Lumion is, why you should use it and how to navigate the interface.
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Created by Sam Lytle
Last updated 8/2014
  • 30 mins on-demand video
  • 1 min on-demand audio
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Understand what Lumion is
Understand how Lumion can take your 3D models to the next level
Know the basics of the interface and navigation of Lumion
Know how to place objects
Know how to edit terrain
Create a rendered image of your scene
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Lumion is an exciting and powerful visualizing engine capable of taking ordinary Sketchup or Revit files and turning them into a masterpiece. Originally created for architects, Lumion is now used by thousands in architecture, landscape architecture, design and engineering. The power in Lumion is making texturing, assembling and rendering something you can not only do, but actually look forward to.

Join me as we take a closer look at what Lumion is and how it can help your or your firm as I go over the basics of the interface, navigation, placing objects, terrain and how you can download the trial version for yourself, including hardware requirements for this software.

Who is the target audience?
  • Architects
  • Landscape architects
  • Civil engineers with an interest in 3D visualization
  • Students interested in 3D visualization
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 6 Lectures Collapse All 6 Lectures 30:52
2 Lectures 05:10

My name is Sam Lytle and I am passionate about 3D visualization. In this audio file I explain my background and credentials and let you know how you can learn more about me and what I do.


Lumion is a powerful visualization engine created for architects but with applications for a wide variety of fields. Because it is essentially a game engine, you will need a decent machine. You can find the requirements at the link included and I have also added them here:

Lumion Minimum System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows Vista, 7 or 8
System memory: 4GB (for simple scenes)
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce GTS 450 or ATI/AMD Radeon HD 4890 (minimum 1,500 PassMark points), with at least 1GB dedicated memory (not shared system memory).
Harddrive: 7.5GB of disk space
Using Lumion via Remote Desktop is not supported
Lumion 4 requires an internet connection.

Lumion Recommended System Specifications

OS: 64-bit Windows Vista, 7 or 8
System memory: 8GB
Graphics card: NVidia GTX 680 / AMD Radeon HD 7970 or faster (minimum 4,000 PassMark points), with at least 2GB dedicated memory (not shared system memory).
Harddrive: 7.5GB of disk space
Using Lumion via Remote Desktop is not supported
Lumion 4 requires an internet connection.

What is Lumion?
Using Lumion
3 Lectures 24:47

Every 3D modeling/visualization software program has a different way to navigate and interact with the menu. In this lecture I go over the basics of getting around in Lumion.

Navigating and the Lumion interface

While Lumion isn't necessarily a 3D modeling program, you can, in fact, edit terrain if you aren't bringing in your own terrain and aerial imagery. In this lecture I show the basics of terrain editing as well as creating grass.

Terrain Basics

Lumion makes it very easy to quickly create a scene by bringing assembling 3D models from the included 3D library. In this lecture I bring together a home, trees, a car and more and then render the image. I've included the rendered images in this lecture so you can compare them against your own.

Placing objects
1 Lecture 00:55

I really appreciate the time you have taken to take this introductory course in Lumion. If you want to learn more advanced techniques in Lumion, I recommend you check out my other courses Lumion for Architects (Coming soon) and Lumion for Engineering and Construction (Coming soon) where I discuss using Lumion with Sketchup, animating and rendering full HD videos.

To learn more about me and Civil FX, please visit www.civilfx.com

If you have any questions, also feel free to email me personally.

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About the Instructor
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3D Visualization Specialist and Owner of Civil FX

Over the past several years my interest in modeling and rendering engineering data has developed into a passion and even a large part of my career. This field is exciting as new software programs and processes are being developed each year that make for better, faster and cheaper project visualizations. Civil FX is my effort to share with and connect the world to the best of project visualizations from a civil engineering perspective. This includes roads, bridges, sites, foundations, construction and more. I recently left my job to pursue Civil FX full-time.

The software I use includes AutoCAD, Microstation, InfraWorks, Sketchup, 3ds Max, Lumion, Navisworks and other CAD and visualization software.

I am a licensed engineer and Civil FX is the intersection of my education and experience in civil engineering with my passion for video games and special effects.

I am also a husband, father of three and live with my family in Southern Nevada.

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