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Written on 02-04-2019

We know that in the architecture and interior field, beautiful designers need to find the best way to convey their vision to the client or end user. This usually means renderings. How those renderings are generated can happen in a variety of ways. I remember a long time ago when the developer of a large project could spend thousands of dollars on one or a few hand-drawn watercolor paintings. The artist would have to look at 2-dimensional cad files and invent a 3-dimensional world. Today those renderings can be done in a few hours with Revit, Lumion, 3Ds Max, Vray, Enscape or a variety of other tools. All these digital tools need maps to define the surface of each material, but you already know that.

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This is where things start to get really good for you. Modern Sample has been adding maps for some of the materials in our library. Our library is here to ease your designing stress, and in order to do that better we're including seamless image maps, bump maps and other files to help you to render your projects. That way, you can first explore the library to find the right material for the job, then you can add the material swatch to a material board or like it for later.

Reclaimed Red
Faux Classic Brick
Hour Wall
74
Antique
Faux Classic Brick
Hour Wall
74
example of a rendering done with the mentioned maps
An example of using Modern Sample's free rendering maps provided in the Hour Wall faux brick material samples.

When you are visiting a material take a look at the Download section in the sidebar. If downloads are available for that material, we have created free maps for your use. You may use these files for personal or commercial purposes. You may not relist them, or post them on other websites.

Maps you might find on Modern Sample

  • Bump Map: a black and white image that tells the computer renderer how so shade an object, creating the effect of texture without actually modifying the shape of the surface
  • Displacement Map: a black and white image that tells the computer renderer how to modify the surface of an object while rendering, displacing the surface of the object. This is a more accurate method in creating texture but slows the rendering process down
  • Normal Map: a purplish map that, like a bump map, tells the computer renderer how to shade an object, creating the effect of texture without actually modifying the shape of the surface
  • Occlusion Map: this is a black and white image that gives the computer render hints on what parts of an object need more or less ambient lighting. It's used in more sophisticated software like 3ds Max and is only used if you're going for a high-end photo-real image.
  • Seamless Map: This is an image of the material that can be tiled across a surface, creating a never-ending surface. This way you can render a large surface area of a single material (such as a carpet or siding) with a small lightweight image. This is rendering 101.
  • Specularity Map: a black and white image that tells the computer renderer which parts of a material's surface need more or less reflection. For example, you might want a hint more reflection on the face of a tile than the grout seams. So the specularity map will be white on the tile and black in the grout.

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Washed Grey 4x4
Urban Concrete with Circles
Hour Wall
192
Rustic Grey 2x4
Urban Concrete with Circles
Hour Wall
96
example of a rendering done with the mentioned maps
An example of using Modern Sample's free rendering maps provided in the Hour Wall faux concrete material samples.

Objects you might find on Modern Sample

  • ACAD File: a 2 dimensional drawing to be used in drafting software
  • DAE File: a 3d object that can be placed in rendering software such as Lumion
  • OBJ File: a more common 3d object that can be placed in rendering software such as 3Ds Max
  • RVT File: a 3d object that can be placed in the drafting software Revit

So go ahead and use these support files on us, for free! The best price ever. Our goal is to make work easier for beautiful designers, and these material resources are just another layer in Modern Sample's onion.

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