In the right hands, 3D rendering is a fantastic technology. Done well, it can allow you a glimpse into the future. But there are mistakes to avoid when outsourcing 3D rendering. Disadvantages of 3D rendering include the need for high-powered computers and software and significant time investment to learn how to use that software.
Creating 3D renderings can be complex and time-consuming. It can be done in-house or outsourced to a third party. There can be significant benefits to outsourcing. However, there can be disadvantages of outsourcing as well, such as the cost of hiring someone to do it for you, the risk of not getting what you want, and the possibility that your project will be delayed. These can be avoided if you are diligent.
There are many things to consider before you choose a service provider. Mistakes can be costly, both in terms of money and time. In this blog post, we will discuss six common mistakes people make when outsourcing their 3D renderings. By avoiding these mistakes, you can ensure that your project goes smoothly and you get the results you are looking for
1 – Not researching service providers thoroughly.
It’s important to find a company that has a good track record and that you can trust to deliver quality work. Going with the first company you find or the least expensive can lead to problems down the road.
For starters, make sure they have done this type of work before. Some providers excel at exterior renderings but do a poor job at interior renderings. Some are excellent at organic shapes like product design such as vehicles and furniture, while others have their niche in straight lines and prismatic shapes which are common in architectural renderings.
And then there is the issue of style. If your rendering firm has never seen the architectural style you need, the chances of a successful project are slim. This is especially important when hiring foreign help. For just a few examples, it is not uncommon to see renderings without soffits, with no door casing, and with the wrong style of windows because the person doing the work is from a region where these are unheard of.
Words you may take for granted like quoins, rafter tails, crickets, and soldier coursing could spell doom for your project if they are terms your rendering company has never heard. To avoid unnecessary trouble when hiring out 3D architectural renderings, be sure to look for assurance of expertise and possibly even examples of representative work.
2 – Choosing a provider without considering your needs.
Make sure to have a clear idea in your mind of what you want before you choose a rendering company. Do you need video animation? Not all rendering companies do this. Do you have specific instructions or are you ok with getting whatever they send you?
If you need someone who can do rush jobs with tight deadlines, make sure the company you choose is able to accommodate that. If you need someone who can work with you to revise the rendering until it’s just right, be sure to ask about their revision policy.
If you have not determined what exactly you need, the likelihood of disappointment and frustration is very high. Figure out in advance what you need so you have the assurance that they can deliver and that their price includes everything you need.
3 – Failing to communicate your needs and specifications clearly.
Until you have a working relationship with a new rendering company, be prepared to spend some time explaining what you want and answering their questions. Even if you have done your homework and found a reputable, qualified rendering firm with a good understanding of your project, there will be things they need to know from you. Are there things you are taking for granted? Did you send them multiple versions that may lead to confusion? Do your plans or sketches clearly communicate what materials go where?
Presuming you have found a good architectural visualization company, they still can’t read your mind. Make sure to communicate your ideas and plans as clearly as possible to avoid misunderstandings. Having incorrect assumptions is one of the important mistakes to avoid when outsourcing 3D rendering.
Also, just because you hired someone to do the work does not mean you can forget about the project until it’s done. In order for things to go smoothly, you need to be involved and stay in communication with your rendering company. If they do not ask for your involvement, that should be a red flag. Be sure to get progress renderings so you can identify problems before they become insurmountable.
4 – Not checking the provider’s portfolio or reviews.
This one is pretty basic, but it’s often missed. It’s easy to be distracted by a low price, a beautiful website design, and enticing copy. Be discriminating. Use the same skills you would when shopping for a car or a home. It’s not unheard of for shady companies to post the work of others on their website or to post fake reviews. Don’t be swayed by a flashy presentation. Read reviews. Do they sound real? Check out their work. Can you verify it?
The best option is always to get a personal recommendation from someone you trust. If that’s not possible, do your due diligence to make sure the company you choose is reputable and has a good track record. Get past the answering system and talk to the person who you will be dealing with. You can often get a sense of how your project will go after a brief conversation.
5 – Choosing a provider that is not qualified or experienced enough.
One of the important mistakes to avoid when outsourcing 3D rendering is going with someone who is not experienced or qualified enough for the job. Be sure to find out how long the company has been in business. 3D architectural rendering companies come and go frequently. It’s also worthwhile to find out if you’ll be assigned an experienced technician. Not only that but make sure their experience is relevant. There are a lot of 3D game designers out there, but that doesn’t mean that their skills are transferrable. Learning 3D is a big task. So is understanding architectural plans and terminology.
6 – Mistaking price for quality (or being distracted by price)
Just because a company charges more, doesn’t mean they are the best. However, going with the lowest bidder is often a mistake. If you want quality work, be prepared to pay for it. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is often true when it comes to architectural rendering services.
When you are looking for a rendering company, of course, you want to get the best possible value for your money. However, there are other factors that are more important than price. Find out what is included in the price. Are there extra charges for revisions? What about support after the project is completed? Will they give you the image resolution that you need? Who has rights to the images? Do you have to pay additional fees every time you reuse them?
The best approach is to give some thought to your budget before doing your research. How much do you have available? How much are the renderings you need worth to you? It’s better to start with a number in mind before getting dazzled or shocked by what you find.
Mistakes to Avoid When Outsourcing 3D Rendering
Outsourcing your renderings can save you time and money if done correctly. Avoid these common mistakes to ensure a smooth process. Do your research, ask for recommendations, and be clear about your expectations to find the best provider for your project. We have a list of steps to help ensure your project is successful.
What other tips do you have for avoiding problems when outsourcing? Let us know in the comments!