A Photo-Composite uses a photograph of your project’s existing condition and blends in a digital rendering of the proposed condition. This is an effective way to tell your project’s story because the design is seen in the context of its actual surroundings. It’s also great on a website or a PowerPoint presentation because you can fade from the existing condition to the proposed.

Core Services Include:

3D Modeling: We build a highly detailed, exacting 3D model of your design.

Materials, Finishes & Colors: We can create any finish that you specify – paint, brick, stone, concrete, glass, metals, roofing – the list is nearly endless. We draw from a library of over 100,000 textures and finishes, so we can offer fast, economic turn-around.

Site & Hardscape: We also build a 3D model of your project’s site, including sidewalks, driveways and any other adjacent structures required to produce the camera match. If you don’t have a site plan, we can use one of our ready-made templates instead.

Landscaping: We include 3D modeling of your landscape design. We have hundreds of pre-built, photo-realistic 3D models of trees, shrubs, flowers and grass to match the specifications of your design. If you don’t have a planting plan, choose from one of our landscaping templates to complement your project’s design.

Entourage: We include any additional items that will help tell your project’s story, for example people and cars.

Photographic Services: We’d be happy to take the photo for you; however, unless you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, we know that’s probably not a realistic option. If you wish to take the photo yourself, please see our Photo Guidelines below.

Camera Matching: We create a camera in our 3D model which simulates the camera which recorded the actual photo. We retrieve the meta-data recorded in the image file to match focal-length, f-stop, shutter speed and film speed.

Compositing: Our computer model renders an image of your project’s proposed condition which is then composited into the existing photograph. A typical existing-condition photo requires preparation to accept the computer-generated image. Existing foreground objects that will remain as part of the final image must be separated so that the new design sits behind them in the composited image. Elements that will be demolished as part of the new design must be removed.

Get Your Photo-Composites Fast: Typical turn-around time for this job is 5 to 7 business days. We can often proceed faster than that depending on how many other jobs we have in our queue.

Download Your Final Images: Your final images will be delivered as a set of digital files via secure download from our website. If your images need to be printed, our standard services always include a provision for working with you or your print vendor to insure that your prints will look great. We can also arrange for printing and delivery via FedEx Office locations throughout the United States; please see our Printing Services for further information and pricing guidelines.

Guidelines for Photographing your Project

  • If possible, take the photo on a sunny day between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – this will provide the clearest, best light to show your project’s details.
  • Ideally, the sun should be behind the camera. Photos taken facing the sun are higher contrast and more difficult to read. Additionally, your project will be in shadow, which is generally less flattering, tending to make the project look flat.
  • Try not to have any extraneous objects in front of the project area. Not only will this obscure the project in the final composited view, this will add to the expense of preparing the image.
  • If it’s not possible to avoid foreground objects, keep the following in mind:
    • Man-made objects with hard, straight edges – for example stop signs, street lamps or cars – are generally easy to mask out.
    • Organic objects with diffuse, irregular edges – for example, trees, bushes and people – are difficult to mask out and might add a substantially to the labor required to prepare the photograph for the final composited view.
  • Use a tripod if possible. Photos snapped without a tripod can be blurry because your hand can move as you take the photo.
  • The camera should be as level as possible. Use a tripod and a carpenter’s level if in doubt.
  • The image resolution and image quality should be set to high on your camera. These settings vary per camera, but a typical setting for a high resolution image would be 3072 x 2304 pixels, with a quality setting of “fine” or “super fine”.

If you need further help, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1­-800­-750­-2535, or email us at

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