What’s New in Lumion 12.3

Explore how Lumion is constantly evolving to meet the needs of architects

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.

Explore the new features in Lumion 12.3

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.

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.

Volumetric effect for Omni Lights (Pro only)

There are countless situations where volumetric lighting comes in handy. Mood, atmosphere, ambiance — the new volumetric omni lights effect gives depth to spaces while adding a gorgeous glow.

This point-and-click effect is perfect when used in a subtle manner. Render foggy evenings. Show dust, mist or steam for interior shots. The effect is instant, and the results are incredible.

Volumetric effect for spotlights (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.

Import Custom Decals (Pro only)

With Lumion 12.3, you can now import your own custom decals to give surfaces a unique look and feel, opening up more possibilities for creative expression.

Custom decals are easy to place and modify so that you can intuitively blend them into your project, giving them all the texture and intricate detail of the underlying material.

License Plates

Import your own 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.

In Lumion 12.3, you can add an extra touch of personalization with custom license plates. Upload one or multiple images and create your own license plate. With just one click, you can make all the vehicles reflect your project’s location.

110 Newly Animated Plants

Fine Detail Nature

Lumion 12.3 also comes with newly animated plants. These previously static items move with life, creating the context for more energetic, lively animations..

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.

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, solar heaters 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 (some Pro only)

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*.





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)

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.

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.

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

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Lumion makes it easy to show how your projects will translate into real-life experiences and emotions. 

Discover more Features in Lumion 12

”Retro-inspired” objects

Reveal the unique identity of spaces with 73 new retro-inspired objects. You can find stylish appliances to uplift the mood in the kitchen, timeless pieces of furniture for living rooms and home offices, and many other items that add a human, personal touch to your renders.

Joyful characters

Express delight throughout your scene with 50 new, non-animated 3D characters. Whether it’s a sunbather on the grass, a child looking up with wonder, or a couple enjoying a beautiful view together, these cheerful characters are ideal for showing the context, scale and emotion in the background of your project.

Shadows For Omni-lights

Render architectural design with the vitality of dynamic lighting, with the new shadows for omni lights.

Introducing the top new features added in Lumion 12

  • Orthographic view
  • Animated phasing (Pro only)
  • Rain Streaks (Pro only)
  • Volumetric fire (Pro only)
  • Micro shadows for spotlights
  • Improved grass lighting
  • Metallic car shader (Pro only)
  • Basic tutorials for new users
  • Updated User Interface


  • New objects (some Pro only)
  • New materials
  • OSM Satellite maps (Pro only)
  • Custome IES Spotlights
  • LiveSync for BricsCAD
  • RAL color picker
  • High quality theater preview
  • Artistic panorama effects
  • Other workflow improvements
  • Foundation change
  • Shadows for omni lights
  • Multifunctional clip planes
  • New character silhouettes
  • Improved group selection
  • Rendered measurements
  • 50 New joyful characters
  • 73 new retro-inspired objects
  • 177 new interior models
  • 61 fine-detail nature models

Multifunctional clip planes

Reveal all the layers of your design, from multiple angles, with the multifunctional clip planes option.

New character silhouettes

Animate conceptual people flows. Show the division of space. No matter what you want to accomplish, Lumion makes it easy with new character silhouettes.

Rendered measurements

Skillfully create informative yet beautiful images and animations that show all the measurements throughout your design.

High-quality theater preview

It takes only a click to turn on the high-quality preview in Lumion Theater Mode and the Lumion Viewer, bringing you even closer to the final look and feel of your rendering before you actually hit the render button.

Improved lighting realism, from the interior to the exterior

  • Omni shadows for spotlights
  • Micro shadows for spotlights
  • Improved grass lighting

Other workflow improvements

  • Updated user interface
    Enjoy a logical and intuitive flow as you work.
  • Updated color picker
    Selecting the right colors for your project is simpler and more intuitive.
  • Custom value input
    Enter custom values when crafting your scene and rendering
  • Proxies for better FPS
    Get the most performance out of Lumion 11 when building large and complex scenes

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