Two years ago, I stumbled across CGI and never looked back!

Salma Aboukar
1 min readMay 13, 2022

Unfortunately, I was confused for the first three months; the terminology mainly caused that confusion.

6 Terminologies That Will Help you Get Started with CGI


Computer-Generated Imagery, abbreviated as CGI, is, in a nutshell, visual content created with computer software. Leading softwares include Blender and 3DSMax.


3D Modelling

The first step is to create a 3D model of an object using popular 3D modelling applications- Zbrush and Autodesk Maya shaping and reshaping polygons to achieve the desired appearance.


3D Visualisation

The second step is to create a 3D representation of real-life objects to capture and present creative ideas. Think Real Estate brochures.



I like to think of this as baking a cake in an oven and setting the timer — that’s what rendering essentially entails. Once the scene and models are ready, the software will produce 2D images from the 3D scene.


Real-time rendering

Real-time rendering is when computer graphics software produces and analyses images in real-time. Use Unreal Engine for real time-rendering.



Photorealism is what CGI seeks to achieve the majority of the time. Photorealism is an image which incorporates imperfection to depict ordinary objects/life.


TL;DR — 6 Terminologies That Will Help you Get Started with CGI

  • CGI
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Rendering
  • Real-Time Rendering
  • Photorealism

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