What do you need to create a CGI?
We normally just need site plans, elevations, and a brief description of the proposed project for a quote. But we’re always happy to give recommendations if you’re unsure about how to achieve the best visual for your needs.
How do you make a CGI visual?
In a nutshell, we start property-based visuals by using the architects drawings to create 3D digital models of the house types and landscaping. We then populate the scene with plants, cars and people (if necessary), add the lighting and ‘virtual’ camera in our 3d software. Then we let the computer do some work and make magic happen!
What formats do the files need to be in?
When we start your project, we work from the architect’s DWG CAD files, so this is the preferred format. We can also use Revit models. Sometimes, when DWG’s are not available, good quality PDF’s will do.
How long does it take?
A single plot cgi will typically take 2-3 days to produce. However, it depends heavily on the size and complexity of the building. Animated walkthroughs (either interior or exterior) might take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Who owns the work?
As with any artistic creation, it is the author who ‘owns’ the work by default. In all practical sense though, our clients are free to use the cgi’s we produce in any way they see fit, so let your imagination run wild! We can produce images in a range of sizes to suit small inserts or large format site boards.
What’s the difference between verified views and photomontage?
Fundamentally, both photomontages and verified views use a blend of photograph and CGI to create a visual. For photomontages, however, we make educated estimates over the size and positioning of a new development based on the surroundings that are shown in the photograph we work with. Verified views on the other hand yield a more accurate visual as we work with surveyors to collect exact coordinates on site, so the CGI building we place on the photo is physically accurate in terms of scale and position. We always supply a methodology statement as well to support you.