Lumion 4.0 Grass, Leafs & Foliage tinting.

Grass and Scattering

Grass finally comes to Lumion! By far the most anticipated new feature of the Lumion 4.0 release would be the ability to paint the landscape with 3d grass. The Grass Material allows to set height, wildness and distance as well as enabling one to define up to 8 objects like fallen leaves, stones and small plants to scatter across the grass. Viewport distance of the new Lumion 4.0 grass is shorter from that of the final render in order not to put too much strain on older GPU’s when viewing your scene in Real Time. The grass can be custom colorized by easily changing to another texture, custom made or one of Lumion’ 4.0 many stock library textures.

Falling Leafs Particles

Another great new addition, albeit much smaller, would be the new falling leaf particle generators. Lumion 4.0 comes equipped with 3 default types that allow you to define amounts, speed and type of leaf falling.

Custom tinted Speedtree foliage

Last but not least there now is the ability to custom color Speedtree Foliage through the object properties menu. This allows users to easily create Autumn/Fall scenes or just change a couple of trees and plants to have a slightly different saturation or hue so to offset them from the rest and create a more interesting color spectrum in their animations and renders.

Enjoy watching this little showcase that brings all of the above together:



Sample scene details

Modeling: 1 hour
Scene setup: 2 hours
Render time per frame:  6-9 seconds on a GTX Titan (Full HD)
Post Processing: 2 hours

Feedback and comments welcome as always!


  1. yeshay 21/02/2015 at 14:04 - Reply

    Hi Byzantos… waited for a long time…. cud u please share the complete settings of your video “Farewell to Summer” Thank u.. 🙂

  2. tpb 05/02/2015 at 11:47 - Reply

    Hi Byzantos – some seriously amazing images you have produced. Really is nice to see someone push the limits of Lumion. I’m still a beginner to it so no where near the standards you’ve set! I’ve tried following your method on lighting and getting the soft shadow look but it just looks wrong and fake like. If at all possible I would be really grateful if you can explain further your process – maybe how and where you would set your light systems up  etc. Thanks.

  3. huuphuoc020993 27/12/2014 at 13:41 - Reply

    Really excellent
    I tried to create an environment with light like in this video, it’s fun if you share how to set it up, or share that file for reference, thank you very much.

  4. Byzantos3D 22/09/2014 at 17:30 - Reply

    AliAkram Hi Ali, You can buy the song here:

  5. AliAkram 22/09/2014 at 17:19 - Reply

    Hello Byzantos great work and very beautiful scenes you got there ,actually so beautiful that am trying to do something like it 😀 i alrdy had things done and rendered almost every scene alike…’s my question, can i have the song of this video, i did found a youtube video that has the same song but i wouldn’t download unless i have your permission to do so respectfully….so would you send me the name of the song or a direct download link?!
    thank you

  6. Byzantos3D 09/08/2014 at 07:26 - Reply

    VsshLc You can change the color of the texture below the grass, that’s about it.

  7. Byzantos3D 09/08/2014 at 07:25 - Reply
  8. VsshLc 12/06/2014 at 20:39 - Reply

    i have a question, how can i change the color or texture of the 3d grass, it’s too green and i want it more yellowish ?

  9. Byzantos3D 20/05/2014 at 03:00 - Reply

    topinelo What type of light is giving you this issue?

  10. topinelo 19/05/2014 at 11:04 - Reply

    Hello again ! This is a question that does not have to do with the specific scenario. 

    I am wondering if there are ways to light the interior of a building and render from the outside during night ? Basically i realized that the lights seem to spill on the outside as well. Is there a way i can place a light in a room without spilling through walls etc ? Is this a kind of bug or am i doing something wrong ? 

    Thank you for your time

  11. yeshay 18/05/2014 at 20:19 - Reply

    Byzantos3D yeshaythank u sooooooooo much sir…. ill be waiting for it… 🙂

  12. Byzantos3D 18/05/2014 at 10:34 - Reply

    yeshay Byzantos3DIt might be good to know pretty soon I’ll put a form online that will allow users of this blog to file requests for tutorials. If I spot something is in hot demand, I’ll try to make that a priority 😉

  13. yeshay 18/05/2014 at 10:32 - Reply

    Byzantos3D yeshaythank u.

  14. Byzantos3D 18/05/2014 at 10:28 - Reply

    yeshay Hi. Wow, you sure seem to be in a hurry? First things first: Please only ask your questions once. I do read the comments and I do answer them. By pressing any issue you’re not doing going to get an answer any quicker. Second, right now I’m busy with a lot of things. I don’t want this to come across rude but the tips and tricks provided on this blog are meant for everyone. There are and won’t be any personal favors because when I’d go that road pretty soon I’ll be running a full time helpdesk. Try to understand that perspective. Wrapped up: I’ll continue to post tutorials and you’re welcome to post your WiP renders for feedback but -at least right now- you’re not going to get any personal tutorials.

  15. yeshay 17/05/2014 at 21:06 - Reply Sir if i have to pay for your tutorial then please let me know… i em ready to pay for it… please sir…

  16. yeshay 17/05/2014 at 17:26 - Reply
  17. yeshay 17/05/2014 at 07:50 - Reply

    Byzantos3D yeshay
    Hi master  Byzantos3D…. i dint find anything in your last post… please please could u send me the settings of Lumion 4.0.2… Please master a little help for ur disciples…  u can mail me in my id..

  18. Byzantos3D 17/05/2014 at 07:31 - Reply

    yeshay Hi Yeshay, Sure, nothing to it. Here you go 😉

  19. yeshay 16/05/2014 at 21:50 - Reply

    Hi byzantos3D cud u give me the settings of Lumion 4.0.2 for your masterpiece video “Farewell to summer” please 🙁

  20. Byzantos3D 13/05/2014 at 23:43 - Reply

    ChrisWelton You’re most welcome Chris!

  21. ChrisWelton 13/05/2014 at 20:09 - Reply

    I just found your website and I love seeing people like you take Lumion to the highest level. I very much appreciate your advice and free downloads you offer.

  22. Byzantos3D 13/05/2014 at 02:51 - Reply

    habbaz Hi Habbaz. See my answer to your (dubplicated) question in the original topic.

  23. Byzantos3D 13/05/2014 at 02:50 - Reply

    topinelo Hi Pavlos, Welcome to Byzantos 😉 It seems your comment got lost in Livefyres spamqueue. Probably due to its length. Please understand my time is limited and offering full support on items publicized here is completely beyond my reach. 1) Sometimes I use spots to lighten a certain area of interest. 2) Just an array of spots ie. 6×4 or more for bigger areas usually works fine.
    3) Done with selective saturation movie-effect. 4) Not really, just avoid anything with a narrow cone
    for outdoor work unless you want to use it for a specific highlight. 
    Hope that helps!

  24. yeshay 12/05/2014 at 14:42 - Reply

    Hi cud u please send me the settings for your video farewell to summer.? my email id

  25. topinelo 08/05/2014 at 15:26 - Reply

    Hello Sir and well done for your amazing work  !

    It is inspiring and if it was not for you i guess many architects would get fed up of the ‘non realistic’ Lumion  result. Saying this you have achieved a lot and as an architect I can understand the benefits of Lumion. (not really happy with the interior but lets wait some time for that – unless you have images to show us 🙂 ) 

    I am writing to you to ask a little more about your lighting techniques. You have mentioned – subtle sun light with the majority of light coming from an array of spotlights. Is it possible that you can send me a print screen or explain more in detail?

    I have created the old trick effect of creating a dome of lights around the subject, however is that enough? 

    1) Do you apply differentiated colours and intensities  on the spotlights. 
    2) Do you only use the dome of lights or do you strategically place it in locations- any tips for that
    3) i realise that your grass in some annimations have different colour – is that from a spotlight above that specific        location?
    4) Are there any specific spotlights that are your favourite ? 

    Some snapshots would be well appreciated if its possible. If not i dont mind personal email :

    Sorry for the bombardment of questions and thank you for your time to answer.

    Pavlos Sideris

  26. habbaz 06/04/2014 at 20:14 - Reply

    Can you give me the setting for architectural Glass, Please?

  27. Byzantos3D 15/02/2014 at 12:50 - Reply

    EduardoLonghi Hi Eduardo, You can only apply 1 type of texture for using the new 3D grass
    that comes with Lumion 4.0. You can customize this texture and paint it on your imported assets from Sketchup when you apply the landscape material to those. So 1) Use landscape editor, paint your landscape with grass enabled 2) Apply landscape material to your custom assets (material editor window with the paint bucket icon) Hope this helps!

  28. SAM - Studio AU 14/02/2014 at 18:47 - Reply


    Yes you can. 

    But for this you have to apply different materials to each place of grass that the different configuration

  29. EduardoLonghi 14/02/2014 at 17:37 - Reply

    Hello! That´s a great site!!

    Can I ask a Question?
    Is it possible to  add realistic 3d grass on a imported grass texture from Sketchup?
    Let me explain:
    I have grass on different areas inside the model and also different heights.

    Tnx in advance!

  30. Byzantos3D 02/02/2014 at 08:34 - Reply

    @mark Hi Mark, The option to adjust grass length is inside the lumion landscape editor texture settings. You have 4 texture slots where the first one should have a little grass-icon over it. Also you will first have to click on enable-grass for this to become active. Hope this helps!

  31. mark 20/01/2014 at 21:38 - Reply

    I have been trying to make my grass more 3 dimensional during a still rendering.  I set my texture as one of the ground textures but I never see the option for grass length or anything else.  I have also tried setting the material as landscape as well and that doesnt seem to work.  How do i do it?

  32. Byzantos3D 10/01/2014 at 18:27 - Reply

    brazildevil Hi Brazildevil! Have a look at this topic: by your fellow countryman Gilson Antunes. It should help you on your way. The concrete texture used is Lumion’s. Again it’s the lighting of the texture that makes all the difference.

  33. brazildevil 10/01/2014 at 14:18 - Reply

    Hello, I’m your fan!
    I have an office of architecture in Brazil and I follow his work for some time, I’ve never seen anything like it.
    You can withdraw the Lumion impressive results.
    If you can answer, I have two questions, the texture of the concrete is incredible, is the lumion own or is created by you and could explain better what spoke to GabrieleUdella little about using solar lighting and more spotlights

    Again I say that I think your amazing work and is undoubtedly the best designer on lumion I know.

    After a look at the site office, of course not come close to the services we do, but one day we got it!

  34. GabrieleUdella 08/01/2014 at 12:00 - Reply

    Byzantos3D GabrieleUdella HELP A LOT! 🙂 🙂 The concrete material was really amazing. Thank you for the great support done here and for the answers.If I will plan a holiday I will come to visit you.I m curious about your studio.Greetings from Italy

  35. Byzantos3D 08/01/2014 at 11:53 - Reply

    GabrieleUdella Hi again Gabriele! 1) Nothing special about the building. Yes, modeled in Max, quickly mapped (just planar and box mappings) and imported as .fbx into Lumion. 2) The ‘Vray’ look (big quotes there ;-)) is achieved by real subtle lighting from Sun and Sky with the majority of the actual light coming from an array of Spotlights. Hope this helps!

  36. GabrieleUdella 08/01/2014 at 11:26 - Reply

    Hi, I have another question. What about the building?Do you create the building in max,unwrap it and then import it in lumion or what else?Because I m using the free version of lumion but I can t achieve the same results.Your productions look like vray renders.

  37. Byzantos3D 06/01/2014 at 11:55 - Reply

    @Ewan Hello Ewan and welcome! The animation and images are all made in Lumion.
    Hope this answers your question.

  38. Ewan 06/01/2014 at 10:38 - Reply


    I am wondering how this programme is integrated in a workflow. Is it a plugin that you can use with 3D Max? or is it purely for use with Lumion 4? 

  39. TrulsOlufsenMehus 12/12/2013 at 11:14 - Reply

    Thanks for making the efforts creating great animations as you always do. And thanks for allowing us in the Lumion team to use them for promotion. And thanks for making realistic trees in Lumion. 
    Merry xmas, and a happy new year, old boy!
    Cheers on behalf of the Lumion team:

  40. Byzantos3D 11/12/2013 at 10:02 - Reply

    Hi Gabriele, Thanks for the compliment! Regarding workflow it’s difficult to recommend something specific as its often depended on a lot of things prior to rendering from Lumion. Both AE and Vegas are very powerful PP apps so it boils down to personal preference in the end 🙂

  41. GabrieleUdella 11/12/2013 at 09:54 - Reply

    HI Marc, thank you for sharing this great videos 😀 . Which kind of workflow you suggest to use? revit–>lumion–> after effects or  sketchup–>lumion–>after effects or 3dsmax –> lumion –>vegas.
    Thanks in advance

  42. Byzantos3D 14/11/2013 at 01:18 - Reply

    OttoVHi Otto. I’m not up to speed with the latest hardware but I’m reading good things about the new Nvidia GTX 780. Whatever you decide to buy, with a GPU like this you’re good to go regarding Lumion. See this topic created by Xtreme_L over on the official Lumion forums

  43. Byzantos3D 14/11/2013 at 01:15 - Reply

    Gilson Antunes Thank you amigo (from one master to another ;-))

  44. OttoV 13/11/2013 at 21:39 - Reply

    Hallo, I want to build a new PC, but my budget is limited to 1400 eu. please Byzantos can you suggest me something really good to use for Lumion, Acad, 3d Max, Sketchup. Wish you all the best

  45. Gilson Antunes 13/11/2013 at 15:07 - Reply

    Congratulations, you are a great master.

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