3D rendering refers to adapting the likeness of an object in the form of an image.
3D rendering—both technical and artistic—employs the use of 3D software to help create images to help better explain or advertise concepts and designs. The use of technical drawings or CAD designs is common in the creation of 3D models.
After creating the 3D model, the 3D artist adds lights, textures and cameras. The final step in the process referred to as "Rendering" is where the 3D software computes all inputs to create a two-dimensional image.
These images can be used as a single image still rendering, stitched together into an animation or created on-the-fly in realtime programs such as video games.
Some of the more common applications of 3D rendering include; architectural renderings of real estate, interior renders of rooms and spaces, and product renderings.
3D Renderings are also standard in visualizing prototypes for entrepreneurs. 3D modelling and rendering are highly flexible, so it is possible to create a 3D render of just about anything imaginable.
The method below describes the 3D rendering of 2D images. Although the process is broken down into steps, a 3D artist does not always follow this order and may jump between processes.
Using plans, sketches, and reference images provided by the client, a 3D artist starts by visualizing the project in his or her head. From this point camera angles are typically agreed upon based on the 2-dimensional plans.
The 3D artist uses specialized 3D modeling software to create a digital model. This phase is analogous to building the structure of a physical model, except that the model only exists digitally.