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Are 3D Rendering Services Really Expensive? | In-Depth Price Guide

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3D rendering services serve their purposes in the best way, but this new technology has to deal with its pricing. No matter how happy customers remain on viewing their dream houses on a virtual reality platform, they tend to ask one thing for sure, “What is the Pricing?.”

If we analyse the customers’ point of view, pricing is one of the major matters when it comes to using such high-tech and latest technology in their project. 

However, they often consider it to be highly expensive and unaffordable for obvious reasons. At the same time, this may not be the case. While a 3D render of a building might cost you something up to $7000, a render of the interiors of a small room may just bill up to $250. 

The difference in the price range shows that each rendering project will cost you a special price, and for that, we should be aware of the type of architectural rendering

Interior Render

Types of Architectural Rendering 

We as humans have always believed more in something that we can see, touch, and feel. However, in the case of architecture, we never know what a building will look like after it’s built. Moreover, convincing a client or investor of a futuristic project is more of a challenge than anything. 

3D rendering is the best service that can solve this issue and help designers and architects impress their audiences in the best way possible. But to serve the purpose efficiently, an architect should understand which type of render will suit what project.

1. External 3D Rendering

“First impression is the last impression”, and this applies the most to the architectural industry as no investor would show trust in the project unless he has a clear picture of the same. External 3D rendering is the most used artificial rendering of all types because there is no better thing than presenting a realistic image of the project to the customers. 

External 3D rendering works the best for architecture and real estate industries, and this is because these photorealistic digital images show the actual texture, lighting and design of the building. Moreover, this artificial rendering technique gives a feel of viewing it in real time. This technique is the best because it helps architects and builders understand building plans much better. 

This artificial rendering serves its purposes in the best way because it includes special tools through which the creator can add on or reduce a particular element of the project design and make it as the client wants it to be. One more significant feature that comes along is that clients can have a full look at the project from all angles using the 360-degree tool. These features will give the presenters and builders an edge and will help them present what their creations will be like. 

2. Internal 3D rendering

Today, only exteriors do not matter, but interiors play a major role too. As for external 3D rendering, architects use it to showcase their building design in a photorealistic digital image form; interior designers have adapted this to their jobs as well. 

Internal 3D rendering services are used to create still images of any specific room and display the furniture, painting and every other design element in the same. 

Today clients are particular about everything that is going to be installed in their houses, and sometimes they come up with their own plans of how they want everything to be. Here is where internal 3D rendering enters the game. Designers create the still image of the rooms and use different tools to create a visual representation of the design elements like shape, line, pattern, harmony, etc. moreover, designers even place the type of furniture demanded by the customers and analyse the liveliness, space and unity the room presents. 

Then they check these images with the specifications that the clients demanded to ensure they are on the same page. 

On the other hand, clients feel mesmerised and impressed by having a real-time look at their future houses and then easily get convinced about the projects. They also have a chance to change the settings, paint, or any other element of the room if they want to.

3. All Around Panoramas

Now that we have talked about the external and internal 3D digital imaging of architectural buildings, one thing that can still cross a customer’s mind is the analysis of space. He might be doubtful about the spatial arrangements and the in and around of the building he is going to invest in. 

But 3D rendering has a solution for this problem too. CGI Panoramas are images that give you a 360-degree visualisation of the place through a panoramic view. This is currently the most trending thing in the architectural industry because it clears every single doubt off the client’s mind. Through this 360-degree panoramic view, clients can analyse every minute detail of the place, mark the area and spatial arrangements and examine whether the property is fit for their needs or not. 

In the context of pricing, CGI Panoramas are generally a bit on the higher side because they are much more difficult to create than digital still images. Nevertheless, it showcases the best results and impresses clients like anything 

4. 3D Animation

Just like cartoon films that are a sequence of animated images set in such a format that it seems continuous, this same thing happens with a 3D animation movie. While you must like your project’s digitised 3D images, walking into your society virtually and feeling everything as if real is what is needed for satisfaction.

With 3D animations, creators attract their clients and give them a virtual tour of the whole place where they can walk around open and close doors, drive a car, sit on a sofa, and much more. 

Many experts go on a different level to make this project a hit and add voiceovers, backgrounds, music, real characters, and more. 

3d rendering for Interior business

The price range as per the types of Renders done: 

Now that we are aware of the types of 3D rendering services that are available in the market, we must also understand that the cost, time, and efforts consumed in each of them are different, and so will the pricing. However, one should never run around a cheaper service that offers bad quality. 

Here is the average price range you might have to spend while choosing: 

  • Exterior 3D Rendering for Residential Properties.

Exterior 3D rendering can be affordable at times when compared with other services. This can be because creating the external walls needs less texturing or perfection and, therefore, less effort. However, the price purely depends on the type of image one needs. If the client wants a highly detailed, good quality, real-time replication, then, of course, the prices would be more and vice versa. 

Price Range: $300 – $700

  • Exterior 3D Rendering for Commercial Properties:

Unlike residential properties that might not need much detailing, commercial properties are expected to be properly designed and to be of good quality. But this category contains two sub-sections, one the small-scale commercial properties and the other the larger ones.

 Some examples of small commercial properties can be coffee shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. 

Price Range: $ 350 – $750

On the other hand, 3D rendering of larger commercial properties like Resorts, five-star hotels, restaurant chains, big showrooms, etc., would need heavy detailing and inclusion of features and, therefore, be costlier.

Price Range: $750 – $2000

example of Interior-Bedroom-Rendering.

  • Interior 3D Rendering for Residential Properties: 

This is the most popular thing today. People are deeply inclined towards decorating and renovating their homes, and interior 3D rendering would be the best thing for them. Clients should keep in mind that interior rendering will be costlier than the exterior because it will need more detailing. But again, it solely depends on the kind of project and the client’s demands.

Price Range: $200- $550

  • Interior 3D Rendering for Commercial Properties: 

Luxury hotel properties and similar organisations often want their customers to have a full-fledged look at the rooms they are going to get when the hotel opens up. It could be done in the best way through interior 3D rendering services. And if the interiors are complex to design, then it is obvious for the pricing to go up. 

Price Range: $275-$2000

Full Floor Plan

  • 3D Floor Plan Renderings: 

Floor plan renderings are generally the cheapest of them all. It is because, unlike interior or exterior renderings, floor plans do not require much detailing. Sometimes, only black and white line work is needed, which is easy to make. Whereas if the client demands good quality colour rendering with furniture and other features, then the price accordingly goes up.

Price Range: $30 – $450

  • 3D Animation Services: 

3D animation services typically cost more than still 3D imaging because they require more time and effort to move the still images. Moreover, these services often require complex software, and therefore the prices remain higher.

Price Range: $2500 per minute (approx.)

Check out our 3D Rendering Pricing Guide here.

Artificial Rendering Services are unique, and so are their Prices!

When you are in the restaurant asking the chef to make a special dessert for you, you will have to instruct him about the product you finally want. However, before giving the required information about what you would like and the final result, you cannot ask him for the pricing as he won’t be able to estimate that. Similarly, you cannot ask for the prices of an artificial rendering project before sharing what’s included. The reason is all 3D rendering services are unique in their own ways, and only the scope of work will define the time that will go into making it and hence the price. 

As said earlier, people often believe that artificial 3D renderings are way too expensive, and this mindset prevents them from even thinking of it. At the same time, the actual case is something else! Artificial 3D renderings services are purely based on the size of the work. For instance, if a client demands a 2D black and white still image of a small residential building, then it will not cost him more than $25. However, if the size of the building is increased and the type is changed from residential to commercial, then the price will skyrocket to $300 or even more. 

What is the best way to get your 3D artificial rendering done at an affordable price? 

First of all, you should explore different websites and CAD experts who are into these services but are reliable. Next, you must collect all details about how your project would come out to be. These details should then be passed on to the artificial rendering team so that they can create exactly what you are expecting. Moreover, giving extra information and details can save you money, the reason being when you give a detailed plan to your render, he creates a near-to-perfect product the very first time. This prevents him from going on looking for errors which eventually saves his time and your money in return. 

Once and for all, one true thing is that you should never fall for fixed prices and very cheap services when going for artificial rendering. This is because as of now this service has not been recognised enough and therefore there are no set price menus yet. Moreover, many companies flourish by selling fake render images to their customers. Thus to make sure you never become their prey, try researching enough before spending your money on any service. In addition, you should ask a whole bunch of questions if you are doubtful. 

living room and kitchen Interior Rendering

What are the factors that affect 3D artificial rendering prices?

  1. Type of rendering:

The aforementioned varieties of artificial rendering depict how different they are from each other and their design processes. The first thing that will decide the cost of a 3D rendering project is what type of rendering is asked for. While exterior, interior rendering, and 3D floor plans come in medium to low-budget categories, 3D animations and virtual tours are expensive. 

2. The client:

Many marketing companies demand high-end projects and the best quality images to impress their clients. On the other hand, projects like interior 3D renderings for hotel rooms or resorts require a very high level of detailing and therefore, they cost more. Whereas when it comes to projects that are based on residential renderings, processing and designing time is generally less, and so is the pricing.

3. The complexity of the project:

If the client wants the rendering to be of high quality with many extra features and add-ons, then the creation costs will definitely go higher. For example, the 3D exterior rendering of a resort property will require the render to design different landscapes, textures, and much more. Moreover, if it is a virtual tour service or 3D animation which the client has asked for, then the charges will go up. 

4. Size of the project:

The area to be rendered affects the prices directly because the render will have to spend more time designing each element and placing everything in place. Moreover, when a large area is to be covered, the chances of errors eventually increase, and the render has to again sit for hours making the corrections. 

5. Rendering environment:

In simple language, rendering environment is a term that collectively represents camera view, lighting, shadowing effects, day and night settings, and blending reality into rendered models. Many clients like architects and designers ask for different camera angles, views, and perspectives of one project, which again increases the pricing of the project. 

6. Deadlines:

Artificial rendering is a tough and time-consuming job, and if you need your project to be completed in a hurry, then, of course, your render will ask for a fortune. Moreover, if time is the boundary, you may have to compromise with the quality because rendering requires high concentration, then only the detailing can be accurate; if not, it will look just okay and not mesmerising!

7. The level of detailing:

At first, every designer renders the image in a 3D geometry and then adds all the features and details individually. The lights, shadows, realistic feels, texture, harmony, etc., are added slowly, and if there are many other details to be included too, you will have to pay more for sure. 

8. Aesthetics:

Often, clients provide themes like contemporary, classic, vintage, etc., upon which the artificial rendering project will be based. Due to this point, the renders need to adapt to the theme every time they are designing furniture, walls, flooring, and landscape in the project, which again consumes more time. This is the reason why interior renderings often cost more than exterior ones. 

9. Expertise:

Today 3D rendering software is easily available everywhere, and anybody can try their hands on it. But there is always a visible difference between an expert’s work and an amateur’s work. Popular companies hire the best renders and thus ask for high prices because of their excellent work. Their 3D artists have a higher 3D rendering cost per hour.

Today when the world is heavily inclined towards artificial intelligence, robotics, and other digitised items, the production and architecture department also needed something extra to survive the competition. The introduction of 3D rendering has helped the design and production industry in the best way because it helps in reducing errors and producing a clear picture of the project. Today almost all architects, interior designers, and product designers use 3D rendering in their projects so that they can present the best model to their customers. Moreover, it is the best way to visualise a project and the budget beforehand. 

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