Ask A Simple Question – With Sandra Garland

There is never a question that you should hold back with. Let’s see if we can help.

Following our series of common questions related to architectural visualisation Sandra shares some more questions that are asked from our customers.

How Long Will It Take To Produce A CGI?

In the last article, a similar question was asked, ‘Can I have my first draft by this Friday?’ This may not be as drastic, but people commonly ask how long it will take.

The best place to start is by asking the question, ‘when is your deadline?’ Working backwards we can then define when you need it and what needs to be done. Every project is different based on design, levels and features to be adhered to.  

Every project has an estimated lead-time. I will always provide advise when we are scheduling new projects to commence, however this can change if we have approval to begin at a date that is sometime after the brief/quotation stage. This is because other projects are booked in the studio. I’d suggest that once all looks comfortable with you and you have the final CAD drawings, don’t delay, let’s work on this for you.

Sandra’s Quick Tip 

Once all is approved and agreed with you, don’t delay, and let’s book your project in.


How Many Changes Can I Have?

It is part of our terms that we allow up to three drafts. Whilst it would be fantastic to have every project approved on the first draft, it is rare.

When we approach the amends, these become focused on the aesthetics such as materials, colours and the small detail such as making sure a car in a driveway looks right (this is where it always becomes a point of personal preference).

One thing to be aware of, if there are new design features to be included within your project after the first draft and these haven’t been included in the original brief/design files, then this is something that we have to look at separately and allocate more time for the new features you may like to include. This will also result in additional fees.

My tip is to always make sure that the files that are supplied are 100% correct and you are comfortable with.

Sandra’s Quick Tip: 

Once you have supplied all the detail, leave the rest to us and we can pick up the conversation again for the first draft.


I Have A Particular Feature That I’d Like To Include, Can You Include?

There may be particular features that are already in place that you would like within your image. It could be a water feature, it could be a piece of interior furniture, or it could be historic detail that remains untouched. We can work with anything.

We can model from architectural drawings supplied, or if you don’t have these, supply enough photos that can help with accuracy.

The more information the better.

Sandra’s Quick Tip: 

Be specific, if there is a particular feature that we may not know about that you would like us to include, mention this from the beginning. The more detail I have the more accurate I can be with the cost.


What Speeds Up The Architectural Visualisation Process?

There are a few things that always help the efficiency of the modelling process.

Here is a list for a seamless project:

          supply the most up to date CAD/DWG files

          make sure the material specification is approved and you are happy with

          if there is a particular viewpoint that you have in mind share this with us from the drawings

          if we are working on an interior image, share with us the mood boards (a PDF is fine) and the outline of style

Sandra’s Quick Tip: 

The whole image process becomes quicker when you have supplied everything that helps create a clear picture before anything starts. Then leave the rest to us.


I Would Like To Use The Final Image On A Building Wrap, Can You Do This?

Let us know from the beginning of the project if the image is going to be used for a particular size.

If the final image is going to be used for large format print, it takes slightly longer to produce the final render, so it can look sharp when printed.

If we are producing a photomontage, where we are including a CGI within an existing supplied photo, the final image can only be as large as the image supplied. For instance, if a photomontage is being used for a sales hoarding, make sure the original image is supplied in high resolution.

Even for other printed formats such as brochures, let us know what size you would like. An image that sits on a portrait page, looks different from a landscape format where more detail is visible.

Sandra’s Quick Tip: 

Always have an idea for where your final image will be seen. Is it just online or will it be seen in a range of advertising formats?


Any question that you have about a project, just ask Sandra. Email or call 0115 9251050

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