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Twilight Render Hobby: Free SketchUp Rendering

Hey, did you know that this our 100th post? Anyway….. I’m not an rendering expert. I like to just click a button and go. Without getting too much into material mapping, shadows, defining lights, etc. For many of the renderings on this blog, I used to use Visualizer – it was fast and easy. But that […]

Hiding Edges: Part 1- Eraser Tool

You’ve taken the time to create an elaborate SketchUp model, and have the perfect view you want to share. And what sticks out – muddy line work and blurred objects, like those circled here. Distracting, in what’s otherwise a compelling view. What’s needed is to get rid of all those visible edges within the various […]

Pillow Model Render

Here we are: the last post in this four-part pillow series. To recap: In Part 1 we made the basic pillow shape. In Part 2 we painted the pillow using an image. In Part 3 we rounded the corners, and adjusted the image to match. Here’s the completed pillow, saved in its own file. It looks […]

Quality Components: Part 3- Podium Browser

The first two posts in this series discussed how to find lightweight, well-crafted models by the SketchUp team, and models offered by the subscription service FormFonts. This post showcases one more resource: Podium Browser. SU Podium is pretty well known as a SketchUp rendering engine. Podium Browser is a collection of render-ready entourage models (trees, […]

Quality Components: Part 2- FormFonts

Part 1 of this series on quality components focused on generic, lightweight models provided by the SketchUp team. This post is about another great resource for quality SketchUp models: FormFonts. The model creators at FormFonts have been at it for almost 15 years. It’s a subscription service, but you can download up to 30 models […]

Skatter Extension: Part 2 - Realistic Trees and Rendering

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced Skatter, the amazing extension that allows you to mass-place objects onto surfaces. Specifically, with Skatter you can create detailed, vast forest plantings, lawns, and similar vegetation patterns. In this post, I’ll show a quick demo of using Skatter to generate a quick mass vegetation planting for a bridge […]

Community Center Rendering FINAL small

Before you ask, no – this is not an interview with this guy:   I met Ryan Seacrist when he attended one of my classes. During one of the tutorials, Ryan came up with a different approach to getting 3D modeling work completed faster. I was impressed and have kept in touch with him. Ryan has a […]

Prisma-AI: an (Artficially) Intelligent Photo Filter

Architectural renderings are a big part of my job. And NPR (non-photorealistic rendering) is awesome – making art from a computer model. The free Apple app Prisma-AI first caught my eye because it contains the letters “AI.” Artificial Intelligence combined with photo editing = cool. This could only mean great automation of images. And I’d say that’s the case […]

SketchUp Layers: Part 2 - Layer Case Studies

In Part 1 of this series, Bonnie showed the importance of using SketchUp‘s Layer0 for all loose geometry, and placing components and groups on other layers. In this post, I’ll demonstrate how layers can take you beyond basic organization. And in Part 3, I’ll combine scenes and layers for seamless control of object visibility. Layer Organization Case Studies The […]