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SketchUp Rendering Using Twilight
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Installing the Twilight renderer


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SketchUp Rendering Using Twilight

with Brian Bradley

Video: Installing the Twilight renderer

As Twilight is a plug-in render engine for the SketchUp application and not a part of the SketchUp installation process itself, we thought it would be a good idea to start this course by quickly walking you through the installation of Twilight. The first thing we need to do of course is download the Twilight install application from twilightrender.com. Once we are at the website, if we go to the Downloads menu, you can see there is a The Latest Version option. If we click on this, we get a link to download the latest install. To save time, I have already downloaded the Twilight 1.5 for SketchUp installer application to my desktop.
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  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. What you should know
      2m 10s
    3. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 6m 53s
    1. Installing the Twilight renderer
      2m 52s
    2. Locating Twilight tools and features
      4m 1s
  3. 50m 22s
    1. Adding the Physical Sun and Sky
      6m 17s
    2. Employing the Point light type
      6m 35s
    3. Using the Spot and Projector light types
      7m 7s
    4. Adding the IES light type
      3m 48s
    5. Using light-emitting materials
      6m 59s
    6. Creating image-based lighting using High Dynamic Range Images (HDRIs)
      6m 12s
    7. Using Sky Portals for interior global illumination (GI)
      6m 43s
    8. Understanding the importance of reflectance in materials
      6m 41s
  4. 21m 54s
    1. Exploring Light Transport options in Twilight
      9m 18s
    2. Managing the Quality presets
      5m 57s
    3. Editing and saving presets
      6m 39s
  5. 22m 8s
    1. Positioning your scene view
      3m 23s
    2. Altering projection types
      5m 12s
    3. Working with depth of field
      3m 59s
    4. Working with focal length
      2m 44s
    5. Harnessing tone mapping, exposure, and gamma
      3m 59s
    6. Using two-point perspective correction
      2m 51s
  6. 38m 13s
    1. Introduction to Twilight materials
      8m 23s
    2. Creating diffuse surfaces
      6m 53s
    3. Creating reflective surfaces
      6m 53s
    4. Creating glassy refractive surfaces
      9m 28s
    5. Creating watery refractive surfaces
      6m 36s
  7. 31m 28s
    1. Rendering for animation
      8m 55s
    2. Rendering out an alpha mask
      3m 44s
    3. Setting up a depth render
      4m 3s
    4. Creating an RGB mask using the Diffuse Texture Pass preset
      5m 45s
    5. Working with a composite
      9m 1s
  8. 1m 13s
    1. What's next?
      1m 13s

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SketchUp Rendering Using Twilight
2h 56m Intermediate Oct 10, 2012

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Twilight is a very popular and inexpensive third-party renderer for SketchUp. This course shows how to create highly realistic 3D architectural drawings (including interior/exterior elements) with the lights, materials, camera, and render options in Twilight. Author Brian Bradley explains the importance of reflectance in materials, and shows how to manage and save rendering presets, how to correct for perspective, tone, and exposure in the camera, and how to create a variety of material types. The final chapter covers rendering your complete arch-viz scene for a couple types of output, including animation and composites.

Topics include:
  • Installing Twilight
  • Adding the Physical Sun and Sky
  • Employing Point, Spot, and Projector light types
  • Using light emitting materials
  • Managing the Quality Presets
  • Positioning your scene view
  • Working with the camera's Focal Length setting
  • Creating diffuse, reflective, and refractive surfaces
  • Rendering out an alpha mask
  • Setting up a depth render
Subjects:
Architecture Rendering CAD
Software:
SketchUp Twilight Render
Author:
Brian Bradley

Installing the Twilight renderer

As Twilight is a plug-in render engine for the SketchUp application and not a part of the SketchUp installation process itself, we thought it would be a good idea to start this course by quickly walking you through the installation of Twilight. The first thing we need to do of course is download the Twilight install application from twilightrender.com. Once we are at the website, if we go to the Downloads menu, you can see there is a The Latest Version option. If we click on this, we get a link to download the latest install. To save time, I have already downloaded the Twilight 1.5 for SketchUp installer application to my desktop.

In this instance, I will be installing the PC version of Twilight on a Windows 7 machine. If you were installing to a different flavor of Windows, or indeed to Mac OS, there will be some slight differences regarding file paths used and the onscreen dialogs that will appear during the installation process. In fact, during the course itself, you may encounter one or two such differences as we work through the exercises. These will not affect the benefit you can get from the course, and should be easy to work around.

To get things rolling, all we need to do is click or double-click on the executable and the installation process will begin. Firstly, I need to just confirm that I want this installer to execute by clicking Run in the pop-up window. We can confirm we want to install this application by clicking Next in the Setup window. Now of course we need to read and accept our end user license agreement. We do want to read through this before a check in the I accept radio button. Once we click Next then, we know exactly what we have agreed to.

Next, we want to locate the root folder for our SketchUp installation. If it is not the default and we know the address, we may want to type it in, or we could just use the Browse button to locate it on our hard drives. Once that is in place, we can once again click Next. Now we have one last chance to check that our installation details are correct and that we do want to go ahead. Once we're certain, we can click Install. And then we're off and running with the installation process. Once it's done, we can click Finish on the End screen, and that completes our Twilight installation.

We're now set up and ready to use the Twilight demo inside of SketchUp. Of course if we've purchased the full license of Twilight then we need to make certain that it is fully activated. To do that, we can go into Twilight's Options dialog and then just click on the Request License button, enter the email address we used to set up our account on twilightrender.com, save the generated request file to disk, and then email it to the folks at twilight.com. Once we receive our activation information back, we can again come into the Options dialog and click on the appropriate button.

Here we need to enter our license details, and once we've done that, our Twilight engine is ready for production work.

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