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What you should know

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Video: What you should know

Throughout this course I will do my best to make you aware of tool locations and keyboard shortcuts as I make use of them inside the SketchUp publication. However, when it comes to working with standard SketchUp tools and performing typical viewport navigation operations, I will, to a certain extent, be assuming that you have at least a reasonable level of familiarity with the SketchUp application and so will know how to handle such operations. If you are new to SketchUp and need to learn how to master these and other SketchUp operations before working through our Rendering with Twilight course, then I would strongly recommend you check out some of the great SketchUp titles already found on the lynda.com online training library, especially focusing on the Essential Training titles.

What you should know

Throughout this course I will do my best to make you aware of tool locations and keyboard shortcuts as I make use of them inside the SketchUp publication. However, when it comes to working with standard SketchUp tools and performing typical viewport navigation operations, I will, to a certain extent, be assuming that you have at least a reasonable level of familiarity with the SketchUp application and so will know how to handle such operations. If you are new to SketchUp and need to learn how to master these and other SketchUp operations before working through our Rendering with Twilight course, then I would strongly recommend you check out some of the great SketchUp titles already found on the lynda.com online training library, especially focusing on the Essential Training titles.

You have probably already noticed that my SketchUp interface is a little bit different from the one set up by default inside the application. Really, all I've done is gone into the View menu, into the Toolbars option, and I have disabled the Getting Started tool set and enabled the Large ToolSet instead. I have of course also docked the Twilight toolbar to the top of my SketchUp interface. To be able to easily access the model and texture files contained in the exercise files download, there is a little bit of setup you may want to run through inside of the SketchUp application.

This simply consists of coming into the Window menu, coming down to the Preferences option, and then inside the floating dialog that appears, choose the Files section. All we need to do then is point each of these options, particularly the Models and Texture images sections, to our exercise files folder. If you are not certain how to do that, all you need to do is click on one of the Browse buttons and then navigate to where you have saved your exercise files folder; in my case this is on the desktop. Other skills that you will probably find helpful as you work through this course would include photography and its general principles, but perhaps with a particular focus on photographic lighting and exposure techniques.

Of course, any knowledge we already have of working with other render engines, whether that's inside SketchUp or another 3D application, those skills will easily transfer over to using Twilight in SketchUp as well.

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SketchUp Rendering Using Twilight

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Brian Bradley
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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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