This tutorial takes you through the basics assuming that you can already use SketchUp to some degree , which should be enough for you to try out a few things of your own. Get downloading. Obviously first you need to download and install the latest version of Kerkythea from their website here. Also, download and install as many materials etc.
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The video describes the steps I use when creating a base image for architectural illustrations. Kerkythea is simple to get started with, but has sophisticated settings to produce very professional final outcomes. The Plugin can be found under Integration along with easy install instructions. If used correctly, Kerkythea can be quick. However, as you fine tune the rendering settings, add more lights, soften the shadows, give the material textures and bumpmaps, you will quickly find out that the rendering times exponentially grow.
I will most often do the bare minimum, to get my rendering times down, then put more effort in post processing. However, there are times when spending the extra effort to add nice textures and lights outweigh the time it takes to post process in photoshop. Multiple lights. Adding more lights slows the rendering time. Lights that are made up of many surfaces, such as a sphere, make it even worse.
Lots of geometry. This one is obvious, but using a lot of trees or just really big models will really increase rendering times. Deleting part of the model so that only objects in view remain is something I do a lot. Complex textures.
Textures with a lot of reflection or shininess really slow things down. Use these textures sparingly. Choosing the right preset makes a big difference. Metropolis Light Transport looks the best, but can take days to render. Lucas on January 17, at pm. Thanks for another great tutorial. How about one on that rendering post production? James on January 18, at am.
Thanks a lot for your tutorials. They really helped a lot. Can't wait to see the next parts of the Kerkythea tutorial. Dale on January 19, at am. Your site is an excellent resource!
Kerkythea Tutorial: Part 1 Basics
SketchUp and Kerkythea based tutorials sometimes additional software depending on tutorial. Learn how to perfect your modeling with new post-processing skills, techniques and easy to follow step by step instructions provided by highly talented professional contributors. In this tutorial, we will show you three different methods on how to render realistic pool water inside Kerkythea. This tutorial teaches you a fast way to set up masks in Photoshop from Kerkythea renders with red, green, blue and black doing away with the slow tedious work of tracing them by eye with the Paint Brush or Lasso tool.
SketchUp and Kerkythea
Architectural Rendering with SketchUp and Kerkythea
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