How to Become a 3D Design Expert

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How to Become a 3D Design Expert

When you ask children what they want to be when they grow up, they would usually say lawyer, doctor, teacher, actor, or artist. No one would actually say that they would want to become a 3D architectural rendering specialist. Perhaps they would say “architect,” but not a 3D renderer. Why? It’s because 3D architectural rendering is a little-known job in the architecture and real estate industries.  It’s a highly technical job that is often overshadowed by the architects or interior designers who present the project to their clients.

While 3D architectural rendering isn’t exactly a popular career choice among kids, they might change their minds once they reach their collegiate years. A career in this field can be profitable, whether you work as a designer in an architecture firm or run your own design company. Simply Hired, a job search site, estimates the average salary for jobs in this industry to be $59,000.

Five Tips for Mapping Your Career In 3D Architectural Rendering

Here are the things you need to do to get your career started in this industry:

1. Do a test drive.

Passion is an important ingredient for success in any industry. To know if you are right for 3D rendering, you have to determine if you have the potential plus genuine interest to be able to excel in the job. Give it a try. Explore free software programs used for this job like Blender and see if you enjoy creating three-dimensional artworks.

2. Enroll in drafting and design courses.

It is a must for 3D rendering designers to have a solid training in drafting and a good grasp of architectural concepts. As renderers, they must be able to accurately interpret and execute in their designs the work of clients who are mostly architects, interior designers, engineers, and property developers. Drafting courses usually take two years to complete.

3. Invest in High-Quality Computers

You will need high-performance computers to be able to do your job in this industry. One of the most frustrating experiences for designers is having your work interrupted by frequent system hanging problems, or worse, a PC crash because the system can’t handle the graphics requirements. Go with the latest and fastest processors you can find in the market. The RAM shouldn’t be lower than 16 GB and the hard drive should be at least 1 TB. While you can work using any desktop or laptop computers as long as you have the right specs, many pros choose to use MAC when it comes to digital graphics and animation.

4. Learn how to use various software programs.

Keep abreast of the latest software programs used in rendering. Some of the most common software programs used by 3D architectural rendering companies include 3DS Max, Maya, Revit, Archicad, Sketch Up, Rhinoceros 3D, and Zbrush.

5. Connect with professionals in the industry

As a newbie, it would be wise to connect with industry experts and professionals who can give you practical tips on how to become successful at your chosen career. The best way to connect with pros? Attend the events they attend. Attend their seminars and conferences. You can also connect with them through professional groups on LinkedIn.

All professions require continuous learning and growth. If you want to become a 3D design expert, you need to put the skills you acquire into constant practice. In Outliers, bestselling author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell discusses the 10,000-hour rule. This rule suggests that in order to master any skill, you need to spend 10,000 hours of your life practicing it. And the work of architectural visualization artists is no exemption.

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