SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization: Beginners Guide

SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization: Beginner's Guide
Robin de Jongh | Packt | 4-2010 | ISBN:1847199461 | English | PDF | 408 pages | 15.70 MB

Google SketchUp, the most popular architectural software package, is used by millions of architects and visualizers throughout the world. But what you may not know is that it's also the most powerful 3D design software on the market. With this book in hand and patented technology such as the PhotoMatch, Push-Pull, and Face-me components you can produce commercial quality photo-realistic or artistic output of your designs. This book shows you how to master SketchUp's unique tools to create architectural visuals using professional rendering and image editing techniques in a clear and friendly way. You'll be able to get started immediately using these SketchUp tools and open-source rendering software. The book shows you how to create architectural visuals from your SketchUp models. In no time you'll be creating photo-realistic renders, animated fly-overs, and walkthroughs. You will also create composites of real and rendered images, creating digital and paper presentations to wow clients. For the impatient, a quot;Quickstartquot; tutorial is provided in the first chapter to get you rendering a photo-realistic scene immediately. The rest of the book builds on this knowledge by introducing in-depth concepts, tricks, and methods in an easy-to-follow format through quick tutorials.
What you will learn from this book
* Render ultra-realistic soft shadows from multiple light sources
* Master low polygon modeling techniques that you need to adopt for visualizations
* Work with texturing techniques utilizing PhotoMatch and your own digital photos
* Enhance your models by adding depth of field and other post-process tricks in GIMP
* Learn and implement a fool-proof visualization workflow
* Devise movie-set scenes to digitally photograph your projects
* Enhance your SketchUp scenes by adding lamps, sun, and sky lighting
* Add smooth camera paths for airborne and walk-through animations
* Learn all of the simple tricks to ensure great-looking models when rendered
* Benefit from SketchUp's mind-blowing features and clear your mind of any preconceptions

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