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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.
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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