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Feel free to comment about any aspect of this article or things you think need more detailed explanation. I was really glad to have won the prize because I was just starting out my own company in Holland, at age 19 at that time, and got great exposure after the win.
Asgvls wanted to know how far I could go and how realistic I could make things look.
Since my background is architecture, and I tend to run concepts in my head for a long time and gather sketches about them, I just had to implement this specific one about an open living space where you can have the most common and general functions one will daily do. I started to work with only my sketches and my imagination at my side.
I did not had any idea about what materials I would like to use.
Eventually It came to me that I want to keep the colors basic but with a nice contrast. For the floor surface I used a concrete texture with a soft reflection so it gives you a contrast to the rest of the room.
The other part that springs into focus is the ceiling, the texture I used is a wood with a high gloss look to it. In combination with the shape and flow of the ceiling that gave me a nice effect. The render settings used to make this shot were not too difficult. I did not use any AO Ambient Occlusion pass because at that time Vray for SU did not give you that function to use, in the new version it is included: So you can see it in the render near the windows.
I wanted a nice long shadow on the floor so I edit the time of day in SketchUp to get that effect. I then edited VRay Settings to get the soft shadows as you can see below.
Actually, everything that I modeled in SketchUP is created with rvay help of some plugin that adds more tools to create organic and realistic models.
That is what is so great about SketchUP — there are many quality free tools you can add to it and use in your workflow with a large supporting community at your side too.
It took a long time to get the textures end alpha channels just right, but the effort was worth it. The interior plants are basically the same trees as exterior, but than in a different scale. It is an imported part in this shot because the trees are visible in the shadows on the floor and that gives for an interesting shape to the shadow, and gets the shot alive.
Otherwise the shot would be a bit dull.
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An important part of this render is camera position. The thing that I always do, and is very common to architecture photography, is set the vertical lines in a shot exactly vertical. In PS I just stretched the render until the verticals were exactly vertical. Dirty but effective method. First when I start using Photoshop I try to change the colors of the render to make them more uniform.
A sktchup tool to make that happen is the gradient map.
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In the next example you can see the effect of a gradient map. To create the bloom effect from the windows I first use the color range tool to select only the colors that you see outside. Then I copy the selection and use the Gaussian blur in combination with the smudge tool to create the bloom like effect from outside. For the texturing of the cushions I created an new layer.
Skeetchup traced a selection around the cushions I wanted to apply the pattern too. Then I selected a brush with a design that I like and put it on the cushion.
You are welcome to comment on this article and ask questions using the comment box below! Mind to educate how you set up the other materials such as metals, cushion or chairs you used?
Nice to see your work on this blog, Dirk! Dirk de Jongh Dirk is the founder of DWanimations, a visualization studio creating images for eketchup real-estate market and also providing training about SketchUP for architects and architectural firms to better their workflow.
A closer look on how the outline blends in.
Gradient Ramp “Soft Light” end result. Adding texture to the Cushions. Very nice image indeed!