2D vs 3D - A Matter of Perspective

2D Front Elevation

  • Direct straight on shot (coloring the front elevation cad file)
  • Symmetrical, perpendicular lines
  • No sides or perspective
  • Roof does not recede back and appears unnaturally dominant
  • Depth defined by shadows
  • Landscaping usually appears as straight and symmetrical rows.

3D Front Elevation ("2.5D")

  • Computer-modeled straight-on shot. But unlike 2D, we can move camera to show a sliver of the side.
  • True perspective (i.e. receding roof lines, widened column placement, etc.)
  • House appears wider and not "top-heavy"

3D Perspective

  • Computer-modeled shot from an angle
  • More natural view
  • Shows sides and depth
  • More dramatic "look-up" shot
  • Minimizes dominant garage
  • More natural lighting and shadows

2D or Not 2D?

This is the age old question in architectural illustrations. Traditionally, 2D renderings were the easiest and cheapest way to illustrate homes. But with new technology and the growing importance of great graphics, 3D renderings are increasingly more affordable, accurate, and attractive. 3D house models are the basis for re-use in streetscapes, aerials, animations, 360s, and interactive color design.

3D models enable you to show your homes from the best angles to highlight desired features and minimize less attractive features like garages. Unlike 2Ds, you can display the sides of your homes and let the architecture, not just shadows, communicate depth.


TYPICAL 3,000 sq ft HOUSE


2D FRONT


3D FRONT


3D PERSPECTIVE


PRICE


$200


$250


$300


COLOR RENDERING


LANDSCAPING


CAMERA VIEW SELECTION


REUSABLE FOR OTHER 3D RENDERINGS AND ANIMATIONS


CONVERTIBLE INTO INTERACTIVE EXTERIOR COLOR DESIGN TOOL