SU Podium V2.5 Plus is a photorealistic rendering plug-in for SketchUp developed to turn your SketchUp model into a photo-real image with realistic lighting, material properties, reflection, and refraction.
SU Podium exists so that anyone can create beautiful, photo-realistic renders from their SketchUp models without the pain and frustration of learning a complex program. SU Podium runs completely inside SketchUp from start to finish, and makes use of the SketchUp features that you’re already familiar with to achieve impressive results. SU Podium is intuitive to SketchUp users, easy to grasp for beginners, and the simple interface and versatile presets cut the learning curve to minutes instead of months.
Take a look at some of this fantastic SketchUp model, rendered with SU Podium (credit to Bernardo Arellano Dávalos)
Realistic Materials: An essential part of creating SketchUp models is applying textures to faces. SU Podium can turn these plain textures into very realistic materials, quickly and intuitively via the Podium material user interface. Reflections, refractions, bump maps and other advanced properties can be applied to a specific SketchUp materials. When rendered these properties bring the model to life by reflecting light and the environment. You can use standard SketchUp materials as well higher resolution textures from a variety of libraries as well as Podium Browser content.
Lighting up exteriors and interiors: SU Podium V2.5 has two types of natural lights. Sky and Sun. These are both “exterior” lights but will have a lot of effect on interior renderings if you are using windows and openings to the exterior.
- Sky Light: Sky light is an ambient light source applied evenly to the entire SketchUp background sky.
- Sun Light Sun light is a directional light source that uses SketchUp’s sky and shadow settings (SketchUp shadows must be turned on). The sun’s brightness, exposure, and shadow direction can easily be controlled by changing SketchUp”s time of day and year in the Shadows dialog. When sun light is on, you can use Podium”s Physical Sky to create a realistic sky background with atmospheric qualities such as turbidity and realistic tonemapping.
Find out more: Get in touch with Elmtec, SketchUp’s distribution partner in the UK. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org