What’s new in Lumion 12

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Breathe life into your designs

When you imagine your next project, what do you see? How does it feel? And will others be able to feel it too?

Perhaps you imagine the morning sun casting a soft light on a new residential building or the wind blowing through the trees in the garden. Maybe it’s the warmth of a fireplace that draws people in or a lazy morning in bed while the rain hits the windows. Or the vibrant autumn forest reflecting on the glass facade of your new design.

Whatever you imagine for your design — a mood, a feeling or a moment in time — you can bring it to life with Lumion.

Lumion 12 is the best version of Lumion yet, by far. With new features, a larger content library and a more intuitive experience, Lumion 12 builds on more than a decade of development for architects to inspire your creative journey from imagination to visualization.

Lumion 12’s improved scene-building workflow makes it easier and faster than ever to access the vast content library, fine-tune effects and add the right contextual elements and details to your render.

New to Lumion?

With intuitive tools, features and a large content library, there is no limit to how you can show your exterior, interior, landscape or urban designs.

Enjoy a faster, more intuitive and more enjoyable rendering experience with Lumion 12, available now!

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Already using an earlier version of Lumion?

Lumion 12 makes it even easier and faster to go from imagination to final render. Take advantage of all the latest and greatest features by upgrading your license to the most recent version.

Explore the new features in Lumion 12

Architectural visualization goes beyond showing form and function. It’s about conveying emotion. Igniting a feeling. Showing how spaces affect people on a deeper level. Lumion 12 empowers you to tell a story about your design that will move and inspire.

Illuminate the life in your designs

With Lumion 12 Pro, it’s easier than ever to illuminate the atmosphere in your designs and show their most remarkable elements in their best light.

Volumetric spotlights effect (Pro only)

The new volumetric spotlight effect lets you cast a visible beam of light throughout your scene, adding atmosphere and dimension for a beautiful, cinematic ambiance.

With a wide range of applications, you can use the volumetric spotlights effect to illuminate interiors, exteriors and even pools, giving spaces more depth and realism.

The volumetric spotlights effect is the latest addition to the wide variety of lighting options available in Lumion 12, from omni lights to area and line lights, all of which you can customize based on color, brightness, shadows and much more.

Combined with Real Skies, the fog effect and atmospheric rain and snow, the new volumetric spotlights effect helps you showcase your design in an immersive context.

Light color temperature (Kelvin)

Set the mood with a new ambient light color tool. Using the Kelvin scale, which measures colors from warm (3000K) to cold (7000K), you’ll illuminate interiors with a cozy and inviting mood and create exterior lighting with a crisp and invigorating feeling.

Capture the subtle details of life

In Lumion 12, the smallest details matter. With new surface decals, license plates and a diverse content library of materials, objects, characters and nature items, you can bring your design to life with surprising detail.

Surface decals (Pro only)

Give your visualizations a touch of character, style and personality with 142 new surface decals. In just a click, you’ll transform surfaces with imperfections, wall art, exposed brick, moss, chalk drawings, paint, road markings and much more.

Combined with other features such as weathering, displacement maps and edges, you have a wide range of tools to show surface imperfections and highlight textures like never before.

License plates

From Japan to Germany. China to the United States. The new license plates in Lumion 12 help you anchor your design to a specific place with a small yet highly immersive detail. In Lumion 12, you can find a variety of license plate styles from 10 different countries as well as all 50 U.S. states.

New fine-detail nature (Pro only)

With 41 new fine-detail nature items, including a range of new palms at various stages of growth, exquisitely detailed flowers, stems of grass, weeds, cattails and other small plants, you can capture the vitality of real-life landscapes.

New objects, characters and materials

570 new library items (some Pro only*)

Reveal the real-life experiences that people will have when interacting with your design. Show how a room’s furniture imparts a certain mood, how trees and nature can make your design more vibrant. With Lumion’s vast content library, you can make any space feel unique, full of personality and colorfully intimate. New additions include:

86 pieces of stylish furniture for interiors and exteriors, including sofas, seats, tables and much more
31 garden items, including a new garden category
15 new transportation items, which can be localized with license plates

Solar panels, a solar heater and an electric car charger

• More modern televisions, computers and other devices

• New static people in lifelike poses and new character animations

• Assorted objects such as wall art, garage items and lived-in beds

All of the new objects are HD quality, specifically developed and fully optimized for Lumion. The new additions bring the total number of library assets in the Lumion 12 Pro content library to 6,903*.

65 new materials

Materials can make buildings feel alive, opening up your senses and giving character and personality to spaces. In Lumion 12, you can find 65 new materials with a wide range of choices:

Acoustic foam • Corrugated steel sheets
Cardboard • Tile patterns
Solar panels • Sandstone blocks
Tactile paving • Reed roofing
Cork Other roofing and shingles
Bricks • Stone and wood
• Concrete • And many more

Many of the materials in Lumion are of the highest quality, and they can be altered via surface decals, weathering, soft edges (Pro only) and more. With the new additions, the total number of materials in Lumion 12 Pro is 1,357.

Enjoy a simpler, more intuitive workflow

Over the years, Lumion has become widely known for its ease of use, allowing rendering to become as seamless and intuitive as possible for architects. Lumion 12 builds on this guiding principle and puts even more focus on the user experience with a simplified, fluid workflow. The entire program is faster and smoother, allowing for inspiration to drive the creative process.

LiveSync for
Autodesk FormIt Pro

Lumion LiveSync creates a real-time connection between Lumion’s detail-rich, lifelike environments and the most popular 3D modeling and CAD programs. Now, in Lumion 12, the range of LiveSync plug-ins has been extended to include Autodesk FormIt Pro, a fluid 3D sketching environment that provides a seamless connection from concept design to BIM for less rework.

Improved OpenStreetMaps (Pro Only)

Show your design in its real-life context. Render an entire cityscape. The elevations of its terrain. And all the minor details that make up the landscape around it. The OpenStreetMaps feature takes another leap forward in Lumion 12, allowing you to better control, rotate and import the surrounding topography for your project.

Improved scene building experience

With Lumion 12, rendering is cleaner, smoother and more efficient. It’s now easier to drag and drop your 3D models, navigate the vast content library, create object collections and organize your imported models and groups of your favourite items. See more usability improvements

Transform CAD designs into breathtaking renders

With a Lumion license, you can turn any CAD design into a beautiful render at any phase of the design process. Standard and Professional editions are available.

Discover more features

Lumion 12 builds on more than a decade of development designed to empower architects to visualize designs with clarity and emotion. See what’s inside Lumion or explore the latest release notes below.

* Models on this page and the showcase gallery by VIS3DARQ, Paul Sovereign, and Adam Ingram (Ark Visuals).