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.
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One feature that is missing in SketchUp, though, is photo-realistic rendering. Look at this post for an overview , I suggest you take a look at the freeware Kerkythea. For completeness, it should be mentioned that there are also the free renderers with export plugins Indigo and POVRAY , but I currently prefer Kerkythea due to its great user interface, fast and great results as well as multiprocessor support. Kerkythea installs as a separate program and SketchUp models are converted to its XML-based scene description language with a very seamless exporter plug-in a Ruby-plugin.
The rendering engine then provides various rendering methods such as ray tracing, photon mapping, path tracing, BiPT, MLT and also presets for clay and ambient occlusion renderings. It includes a full-featured material editor and additional high-quality materials can be downloaded from the web.
Download the SketchUp exporter plugin and the SketchUp light components here. Optional: Download Kerkythea sample materials and models trees etc.
Install Kerkythea. Close SketchUp. Important: Make sure that you install the plugin files so that the main Ruby file su2kt. Use The SketchUp exporter download includes a sample file that is very illustrative. It will guide you through scene setup, light creation, modification, animation setup, export and rendering. More tutorials are available here and in their wiki.
A very basic workflow goes like this: Create your SketchUp model. Apply materials and position textures. On export, these will be used to create cameras. Go to the plugins menu and export the scene. This will create an XML-file and a sub-folder with all the textures.
The exporter gives you options to export the selected object only, export the lights or export for a clay render no textures. Choose as you please. You can then directly open the model in Kerkythea by clicking OK one more time.
In any case you will be able to open Kerkythea and load the file. Select a render preset and watch the magic happen.
If you have multiple processors in your machine, make sure you use them all as this will speed up rendering. Ambient Occlusion: Set the sky color to white or grey, disable the sun and see what happens. Always looks nice. For far more impressive renderings, check out their gallery. Make sure you clean these up switch all visible sides to front in SketchUp before you export. These can simply be different colors, of course.
As with any renderer, a large number of reflective and refractive materials glass, metal, etc. Also, depth of field increases rendering time significantly. If you need to have blurred backgrounds, render a depth map in Kerkythea one of the last settings and add DOF in Photoshop. Keep light emitting objects simple i. The higher polygon count of more complex objects will slow down any render. One great tip for Kerkythea materials that I found on the forums: To create a good-looking material, apply one of the basic plastic materials with the desired reflectivity and then apply your texture to the diffuse channel.
Architectural Rendering with SketchUp and Kerkythea
One feature that is missing in SketchUp, though, is photo-realistic rendering. Look at this post for an overview , I suggest you take a look at the freeware Kerkythea. For completeness, it should be mentioned that there are also the free renderers with export plugins Indigo and POVRAY , but I currently prefer Kerkythea due to its great user interface, fast and great results as well as multiprocessor support. Kerkythea installs as a separate program and SketchUp models are converted to its XML-based scene description language with a very seamless exporter plug-in a Ruby-plugin. The rendering engine then provides various rendering methods such as ray tracing, photon mapping, path tracing, BiPT, MLT and also presets for clay and ambient occlusion renderings.
KERKYTHEA TUTORIALS PDF
New materials will be seen when we use the apply material kerykthea. An easy to use guide: This tutorial should help you achieve decent fog, and you might also discover a new form of art in the process. SketchUp and Kerkythea SketchUp and Kerkythea based tutorials sometimes additional software depending on tutorial. The image will be produced in seconds, so you really do not waste any rendering time. Learn SketchUp to Layout for Architecture!
Rendering SketchUp models with Kerkythea
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. Kerkythea Toolbar So, first create your model — time spent here is definately worth it, your render will never look good without a good model behind it. Some fine detail is always good — I like to add in some funky furniture from the Google SketchUp online component library found at the 3D Warehouse. The components in these packs are pre-drawn SketchUp models of useful objects like furniture, cars and trees. Kerkythea works by separating parts of your model by material, so anything you want rendering differently needs to have a different material applied to it.
Kerkythea Tutorial: Part 1 Basics
Dugis This is really easy to understand and very helpful at the same time. Keep light emitting objects simple i. Thank you very much for this helpful overview. I need to mention first before you start to learn Kerkythea using this tutorial that this is an easy-to-use simplified tutorial and also sketcuup architect-oriented guide. You can then directly open the model in Kerkythea by clicking OK one more time.