Visualization consists of using any variety of tools for assisting interested stake holders to picture what a building or space will look like prior to completion of a building. The first types of visualization tools included hand sketches and renderings. Mediums today include any number of two and three dimensional rendering techniques including virtual reality.
Photoshoping has become a synonymous with visual editing of images or photographs. In architecture this and similar programs are used to refine renderings and create visualizations of projects. Commonly used programs include: