To construct a realistic 3D model, renderers gather hand-drawn sketches,
blueprints or other materials that show dimensions, positioning and detail.
The renderer incorporates graphic computer files into the work.
Photos can be scanned and applied as textures to create all types of lighting,
animate figures or drawings, select a point of view or make objects move.
The actual rendering process converts all the data to an image that the
renderer can manipulate and shape into a crisp and coherent image.
The level of the work is often somewhat dependent on the quality and limitations
of the chosen computer program. Therefore, 3D renderers need to master specialized
"In order to be competitive, architectural and interior design firms use
state-of-the art technology to attract and retain clients," says architect
and 3D renderer Bozena Radvenis. "This means people who are highly skilled
in the use of computer technology like 3D rendering will have the competitive
There is a wide variety of applications for the 3D renderer. Three-dimensional
services are used in magazine and book covers, logos, animation and virtual
reality. A lot of 3D rendering work is needed in product illustration, packaging
illustration, website design and illustration, information graphics and video
CD-ROM productions, technical illustration, computer game design, kiosks,
architectural renderings, and interior design renderings are also sources
that use 3D technology.
"Probably the most common would be 3D rendering for video," says Colin
Robertson, a media developer.
The capabilities of 3D art are attractive to many renderers. For example,
in conventional 2D illustrations, one of the very first things the artist
needs to create is the viewpoint. In 3D art, the viewpoint is flexible in
that there's no limit on the number of times it can be changed.
As in all jobs where the worker is stationary for the most part of the
day, repetitive motion injuries are common. But the work is not otherwise
Use specialized computer software to create 3D models
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