“Hi Maricar,

I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and as a fellow architectural student/professional I have been really inspired by your work. Your designs are incredibly ambitious and thought provoking to me as you clearly push the boundaries and explore new conceptual ideas, I also think the ambiance and atmosphere you develop in your visualizations are equally as great … I know it’s a big ask but would it be possible for me to send my portfolio online to you for you to critique my work and give a little guidance on how I can replicate the appearance you achieve in your visualizations?

I really appreciate you reading my message, I think your work is exceptional and I look forward to more blog posts, thank you.

Kind regards,

David Banks.”

Isn’t it the sweetest thing? Although it was a personal message, I couldn’t help but share it to you guys.

In an exchange of e-mails with David, I learned that he’s from England and just graduated from the University of Salford. I viewed his portfolio as he requested and I couldn’t say a bad thing about his works. He’s pretty good. He even has this award winning design of a Community Centre in Manchester.

One thing I can comment about his presentation and visualization is that a litle bit more of Photoshop won’t hurt. I guess that’s where my edge is. With that, I proposed to feature one of his works on this blog with my own Photoshop rendition of his perspective. I’m glad he happily agreed.

NEWSAs you would have guessed, I chose to do the previously mentioned Community Centre. (Above is the feature of the design in their local paper. Cool. )

ORIGINAL-IMAGEThe rendering is good enough already. It was modeled in Revit, rendered with Mental Ray and post-processed in Photoshop.  The textures are already there so there isn’t much to do actually.

I just have three main steps. I won’t elaborate each process as much but some details of the steps can be seen in my in previous Photoshop tutorial.

BRIGHTNESS-CONTRAST Sometimes, simple adjustments in levels or brightness and contrast can make the photo sharper and more vibrant. It’s a step even non-photoshoppers can do.

ENTOURAGEPeople, trees, birds can make the perspective more alive and interesting. It can also establish the scale of the structure.


Since I put in JPEGS from different sources as entourage, some of the colors do not quite match. Adding color and texture overlays can make the perspective more put together. You can also control the over-all tint of the photo with the technique. I usually go for warm colors.

BEFORE-AFTER2Well, that’s about it! Easy, right? Always remember the three main steps, those are my go-to moves when I enhance renderings. I picked up most of these from the amazing Alex Hogrefe.

FINAL EDITED perspWhat do you think?

David, I hope I didn’t disappoint! Thank you for allowing me to feature this. Best of luck! :)