Twinmotion vs Lumion: Which Rendering Software is Best for You? (2022)

Tristin Theron

Writer at Oneistox

August 11

8.5 mins read

Twinmotion vs Lumion - a neck-to neck battle of the popular rendering software for architects and designers. The visualisation of spatial qualities is not just something used for the final product of a drawing set or presentation, but also an important tool in the process of communication with clients throughout the process of design. These render engines are tools to quickly get through ideas to people/clients that are not able to visualise things from 2-dimensional drawings. This is why it's important to choose a render engine that is the best fit for your workflow of software combinations.

In this article, we will explore Lumion vs Twinmotion as two of the most popular choices by architects and see how they stack up against each other.

Twinmotion render of a public building (Source:

Twinmotion vs Lumion: Features


Lumion comes with a limited amount of materials but is of very high quality. While Twinmotion has direct access to Quixele Megascans built into the software, it has a very large library that comes with more variation, at expense of quality.

Export Channels

Lumion allows you to export different channels when making a rendering, like a light and shadows channel, Material ID channel, etc. This makes it much easier to have control of the image while in post-production, using the extra channels as layers. Twinmotion renders do not offer this feature, but this doesn't matter if you are just going to be using the stock render.

Material ID export from Lumion (Source:

Common Features of Twinmotion vs Lumion

● Twinmotion and Lumion both carry an extensive library of vegetation, materials, textures, people, and objects.

● Both software have intelligent environmental features that allow you to adjust seasonal and landscaping qualities.

● Both software is compatible with most major BIM and architectural modeling software.

● Both software can be used in VR, however, Twinmotion has better support for most major VR headsets with an intuitive Render refresh rate that prevents VR nausea.

Render Output Quality

Twinmotion has an option for a 4K render output quality (3840 x 2160), but the software also can customize the resolution with a cap at 9000 x 9000 resolution. While Lumion has a max render output of 8K (7680x4320).

Higher DPI is not always better though in most cases, as in most workflows you would not need the highest resolution images to convey concepts to people. It is only if your images are being used for promotional purposes that you would need the highest resolutions.

Based on the Lumion vs Twinmotion output quality, they would both be fine for all uses from concepts to commercial use, while Twinmotion would be slightly better for promotional images.

Lumion interior render (Source:

Cost Against Features Offered

Twinmotion 2022 sits at around 499 USD while Lumion 12 is around 1509 USD and Lumion 12 PRO is around 3019 USD. This makes the cost gap quite significant while the features offered are relatively similar. A license for Twinmotion makes a lot more sense for an individual trying to get themselves a rendering software, while Lumions packages make more sense in the context of a firm buying the software for their employees.

Both are free to students with limited access to features.

Ease of Learning vs Ease of Mastery

Ease of Learning

Both the Lumion software and Twinmotion software are incredibly intuitive when it comes to the user interface. They both make it as easy as possible to change environmental conditions like weather and landscape, as well as add people, objects, vegetation, and materials. The “out of the box” renders you can get from Lumion vs Twinmotion varies the most. When using the software close to their factory settings, Lumion is much easier to make an appealing image.

Ease of Mastery

When trying to take an image further, it is difficult to do with Lumion and is harder to achieve unless you are doing lots of post-production in photoshop. Twinmotion offers more settings to get a better image in the first go if you know the software well, meaning less post-production time on photoshop if you are willing to do the work in the software itself.

Lumion interior render of spaces framed by arches (Source:


Twinmotion has a large amount of HDRIs with an easy system to customize HDRIs in the software that you can make use of. While Lumion does not have many HDRIs built into the software, you can get a custom HDRI into Lumion, it's just more complicated.

You have to download the HDRI from a third-party website, and then model a sphere, then place that sphere into the model and enlarge it until it encapsulates your model. After that, you may apply the HDRI to the sphere as a material and it should do the trick.

Twinmotion render of public brick building (Source:

System Requirements

The lumion high-end system requirements and Twinmotion high-end system requirements would allow you to render large models like cities, large commercial/residential buildings, airports, and parks. If You are working on smaller projects like large homes, single residential/commercial buildings, and small parts of a city, you would be able to manage with a computer that can only handle the recommended system requirements.

Lumion - High-end System Requirements

Graphics card: A GPU scoring a G3DMark of 20000 or higher with up-to-date drivers
Graphics card memory: 11 GB or more
System memory (RAM): 64 GB or more
CPU (processor): CPU with a benchmark score of 2600 or higher
Hard drive space: Minimum 40 GB of free disk space
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Twinmotion - High-end System Requirements

Graphics card: A GPU scoring a G3DMark of 15,000 or higher with up-to-date drivers
Graphics card memory: 12 GB or more
System memory (RAM): 64 GB or more
CPU (processor): CPU with a benchmark score of 2500 or higher
Hard drive space: 30 GB of free disk space
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Lumion render of atrium space (Source:

Should you go for Lumion or Twinmotion?

Overall both the software are very similar, and it depends on the gap in your workflow that each one can fill. Twinmotion may make it easier to create a high-quality image from the software alone if you do not want to spend extra time personalizing the images. While in Lumion it may be harder to create a high quality within the software alone, it does make the process easier to have more control of the outcome in post-production.

What render software for you can very much depend on if you are a student, or a professional working independently or in an office:

Students (who want realistic renders at low effort) - Twinmotion
Students (who want a certain artistic direction) - Lumion
Professionals (working for themselves/ in a small office) - Twinmotion
Professionals (working at a large firm) - Lumion

And if you want...

Quick render for clients = either one will do
Quick intermediate quality render = Lumion
High-quality image + you like photoshop = Lumion
High-quality image + you don't like photoshop = Twinmotion

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Tristin Theron

Architecture Student
Tristin Theron is an Architectural Technology graduate and student. He is passionate about learning and research, and hopes that these passions will contribute to his writing to generate insightful and thought provoking articles.

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