Lumion 8 Styrofoam Effect

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Lumion 8 Styrofoam Effect

The Lumion 8 Styrofoam effect is very popular, and after an illuminating discussion, I had with a class today I finally understand why (I am now also a fan).

The class consisted of a variety of disciplines but even so, a consensus was reached: the great advantage of the Lumion 8 Styrofoam effect is that it represents an idea that is vague enough so that clients don’t have a reason to criticize too much at the beginning of a project (especially the finishes).

It might seem at first that this is unfair to the client, but when one really thinks about it, it makes perfect sense, and it affords the designer the ability to focus on what is important to start with (shape and function).

After that one may go ahead and focus more on the aesthetics and mood of materials and finishes.

This is then an example where simplicity adds to the elegance of the solution. Crisp clean forms that the client can relate to from a spatial perspective.

The effect is really easy to apply. Simply create an image or a video and then apply the effect.

Image:

Apply the Lumion 8 Styrofoam effect

Micrographics, Lumion 8, Styrofoam Effect, Picture, Clip, Movie

Micrographics, Lumion 8, Styrofoam Effect, Picture, Clip, Movie

Change the Diffusion, Noise Reduction and Hue settings are required.

Micrographics, Lumion 8, Styrofoam Effect, Picture, Clip, Movie

Clip / Video:

Navigate and take multiple images that constitute positions that Lumion interpolated between to create the video.

Apply the effect to the clip.

Micrographics, Lumion 8, Styrofoam Effect, Picture, Clip, Movie

Alternatively apply the effect to the entire movie.

Micrographics, Lumion 8, Styrofoam Effect, Picture, Clip, Movie

So do yourself a favour and present the concept to the client without materials to start with. You may just find it makes your life a lot simpler at the beginning of a project, and give you some extra time to do a more thorough job of designing form and function.

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