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Acknowledgments ix Part 1 Overview and Concepts Chapter 1: Introduction to Rendering in SketchUp 2 Integrated Rendering Programs 3 Studio Rendering Programs 4 Digital Rendering and Photorealism 5 Using This Book 8 The Software 10 Chapter 2: Contents and Extended Features 14 Companion IRP Chapters 14 Method and Reference Guide 18 Chapter 3: The Rendering Process 23 Create the SketchUp Model 24 The Iterative Rendering Process 28 The Post-Rendering Process 33 Chapter 4: How Rendering Works 35 IRP Render Processing 35 Computer Hardware and Rendering 37 Other Rendering Options 40 Computer Specifications 42 Chapter 5: Learning to Look 45 Rendering as an Art Form 45 Becoming a Student of Light and Color 53 Part 2 Textures Chapter 6: Textures Overview 56 Textures in SketchUp 58 The Texturing Process 63 General Considerations 65 Texture Image Formats 68 Chapter 7: The Texture Library 69 SketchUp Native Textures 70 Web Sources 70 Choosing and Downloading Textures 72 Saving a Texture Library 76 Searching CG Textures 77 Linking the Texture Library 79 Chapter 8: The SketchUp Texture Tools 81 Macintosh Texture Tools 81 PC Texture Tools 82 The Paint Bucket Tool 83 The Styles Menu 95 The Right-Click Texture Menu 98 Chapter 9: Apply, Assess, and Adjust 109 The Three As 109 Apply 111 Assess and Adjust 121 Texture Tips 141 Chapter 10: Editing Textures in an External Photo Editor 146 Linking an Editor to SketchUp 146 Launching, Editing, and Saving 147 Typical Alterations 150 Part 3 Modeling Detail Chapter 11: An Overview of Modeling Detail 168 What Is Detail Modeling? 170 Methods 173 Chapter 12: The Detailing Tools 176 The Component Library 176 The Component Browser 178 Using Layers 181 SketchUp Scenes 186 The Camera Tools 188 Chapter 13: Component Details 193 What Is Component Detail? 193 Premade Components and Textures 197 Premade Component Websites 201 Chapter 14: Organizing the Model 219 What Is a Large Model? 220 Layering Strategy 223 Layer Conventions by Model Typology 226 Cleaning Up Layers 231 Controlling Layers with Scenes 234 Toggling Layers 237 Warning! 241 Chapter 15: Camera Scenes, Composition, and Backdrops 242 Camera Scenes 242 Composition 244 Backdrops 251 Chapter 16: Advanced Detailing 261 Texture Modeling 262 Ruby Scripts for Detailing 276 Part 4 Setting Light with Shadows Chapter 17: The Shadow Menu 290 The SketchUp Shadow Menu 290 Solar North 296 Working with Shadows 297 Troubleshooting Shadows 298 Chapter 18: Composing Light 300 Composing Light Tools 303 Composing Light Strategies 308 Composing the Light 314 Part 5 The Iterative Rendering Process Chapter 19: A Rendering Overview 320 IRP Universal Features 321 Custom Features 325 Chapter 20: Steps of the Iterative Rendering Process 331 Add Initial Values 332 Draft to Final Render 334 Simulated Light Drafts-to-Final Process 343 Chapter 21: Texture Values 351 IRPs and Texture Values 351 Bump Values 354 Surface Condition and Surface Reflection 358 Transparency 364 Texture Categories 365 Troubleshooting Textures 366 Chapter 22: Image Resolution 368 What Is Resolution? 368 Determining DPI 374 Large Resolutions 374 Chapter 23: Exterior Light 375 First Lighting Steps 375 SketchUp Shadows 376 Image-Based Lighting 376 Exposure/Gamma/Intensity 381 Chapter 24: Simulated Lighting 383 Types of Lighting 385 Placing and Editing Lights 394 Render Times 398 General Simulated Light Strategies 399 Part 6 Shaderlight by ArtVPS Chapter 25: Introduction to Shaderlight 412 Menu Overview 414 Secondary Menu 415 Special Features 415 Chapter 26: Shaderlight Iterative Rendering Settings 418 The Render Settings Menu 418 Dynamic Preview and Saving 422 Draft-to-Final Settings 424 Chapter 27: Shaderlight Texture Settings 430 Apply Texture Values 430 Texture Value Descriptions 432 Texture Settings Categories 437 Glass and Water Material Values 442 Chapter 28: Shaderlight Exterior Lighting and Backdrops 449 SketchUp Dark Slider 450 Physical Sky 451 HDRI Lighting 452 Background and Backdrops 458 Chapter 29: Shaderlight Simulated Lighting 461 Shaderlight Lighting Options 462 Light Editor 468 Shaderlight Render Settings 469 Quality Settings 470 Lighting Settings 470 Postproduction 478 Chapter 30: Shaderlight Special Features 481 Batch Rendering 481 ReplaceMe 487 Chalk Rendering 490 Part 7 The Photoshop Postproduction Process Chapter 31: Postproduction Effects 496 Methods 498 Light and Color 500 Effects 511 Chapter 32: Detailed Postproduction 519 Realistic Vegetation 519 Architecture Photo Placement 524 Backgrounds/Backdrops 526 Part 8 Anatomy of a Rendering Chapter 33: Building the Base Model 536 Chapter Relationships 537 The Base Model 538 Solid Color to Surfaces 539 Base Model Extrusion 541 Solid Colors Swapped with Textures 542 Chapter 34: Building Detail 545 Chapter 35: Interior Detail 552 Interior Base Model 552 Interior Detailing 557 Chapter 36: Site Detail 565 Chapter 37: Scenes 573 Cleaning Up the Layer List 573 Off/On Scenes 574 Specific Control Scenes 575 Camera View Scenes 578 Chapter 38: Setting Light with Shadows 581 Chapter 39: The Iterative Rendering Process for Exterior Scenes 587 Chapter 40: The Iterative Rendering Process for Interior Scenes 605 Chapter 41: Postproduction of Exterior Scene 620 Index 624

About the Author

DANIEL TAL, RLA, is a licensed landscape architect who has been working in the architecture and site design industry since 1998. He freelances on a range of projects and consults on technology education and software development. As a SketchUp specialist, he conducts workshops and seminars on 3D modeling, consults on SketchUp-related tools, and beta tests future software releases to ensure that new developments meet the needs of professionals. He is also the author of SketchUp for Site Design and on occasion writes articles for Landscape Architecture magazine.

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