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CGIs


#1
Just wondering as a matter of interest...

I do work for a number of shopping centres around the country and lately I've been asked to produce large format hoardings to cover up empty shop units while the places are being re-developed. Very often I need to include CGI pics of how the finished article will look which are created by the architects.

Some of them look truly amazing - but I'm keen to know from those who do this sort of thing - how long in general do these things take to produce (based on some sort of average)? I'm a pretty advanced Photoshop user who works on these images sometimes, just in the extra re-touching capacity - I'm pretty speedy in that respect, but it would be nice to know just how much work goes into producing these images...
 

Levi

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#2
You can't give an average as it really does depend on the project and the files that are sent.

If the CAD files are in a format that can be opened by the rendering package it's just a case of applying materials and lighting before rendering (assuming no issues with files/models etc).

If it's a case of modelling the whole scene it can take a lot longer and there's also an option where you have a photo where you just have that part of the image replaced with a CAD rendering which can take less time but will usually require a more post processing.

You've also got the rendering (the part that makes the images you see) which can take anywhere from a day to several weeks depending on materials (raytraced glass can be a bitch), lighting, size of the scene etc and if it's one image or an animation.