Let’s start at the beginning: We receive from the client a photo and a floorplan of an apartment to be sold. Client would like to furnish up this apartment to make it more attractive for sale. This is for what the new feature of ARCHLine.XP 2015 called Virtual Staging or Photo fitting provides an excellent solution.
In our example job, certainly, any room photos can be used that have at least 2, at most 3 well separable and defined walls. For more complex rooms this method is not that well applicable but for simple rectangular layouts it is.
We could use this photo…
…or perhaps this one – although, due to the slant slab, the construction of this one could be more complicated…,
…thus, we stay with this photo:
In folder “Visual Staging” or “Photo fitting” we select the first instruction and import the photo of the empty room.
The next instruction is “Transform 2D photo into 3D room”.
Now, we have to choose if 2 or 3 walls are shown in the picture, in ours 3.
Then the red and green reference lines appear that can easily be placed on the borderlines of the walls of the room.
Still, we have to specify the dimensions of these lines, and then comes magic (hit ”ENTER”)…
…our photo transforms into a 3D room.
This is a particularly spectacular point of this function.
In case there are some disturbing elements on the walls, the next instruction “Pick up the room photo” can be used.
Clicking on the required wall, its already transformed version will be placed onto the base layout and, specified by the usual editing tools, the area will be filled with an ambient colour.
It will not be of photoshop quality but perfectly sufficient for fast and effective work.
Saving the photo, its corrected version will show up on the ceiling.
Furnishing the room
For more classic styles too, it is worth to browse through the offerings of the Showroom.
I have just put in the bookshelf.
Some sofas are still needed…,
….and small furniture, accessories. Meantime, I have made changes to the materials and switched over to “Texture view” for a more realistic effect.
The lighting got in too to which I also assigned a light source.
I have covered the bulbs in the lamps with emissive coating.
After some further minor adjustments…
I have put curtains up on the window. Besides their look, the use of curtains is also important because being non-real the window cannot let light in from the outside and thus it is important to make it look as if little light was coming in through the window.
I have changed the colour of the curtains to slightly darker and more stylish, and voila we are ready.
Now comes rendering. It makes sense to use night light settings to make lighting more realistic.
And there it is, the empty and the furnished room photos.
Of course, one might ask when it is worth to use Virtual Staging.
This is not the function with which we can show huge and spectacular solutions to clients, for that, a proper design process must be carried out. This function is to create for customers a “livable space” in 5 minutes in order to, for example, help their decision making whether the property is worth to buy in the first place.