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How to add photorealistic rendering to your sketches

Get started with Shaderlight for Google SketchUp

Step 11: Rendering settings: Click the gear wheel button to access the Render Settings. Here, you can adjust the quality of the image and how Shaderlight updates to changes made in SketchUp, and switch between natural and artificial lighting. Pro users can also control the output resolution beyond 640x480 pixels.

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Step 12: Tweaking settings: Pro users can also access a Chalk Render option in the Render Settings. As with other settings, you may need to tweak the effect to get the best results. However, we found that Shaderlight doesn’t have a particularly steep learning curve and the more you fine-tune the plug-in the better the results.

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Step 13: Saving images and help: Save your image by choosing File, Save As. This will prevent you overwriting different versions of your file. Shaderlight supports the bitmap, OpenEXR, HDR, Jpeg, PNG, Targa and TIF file types. Help is accessible from the main rendering window, while more information can be found online.

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Step 14: Hands-on and 3D options: If the combination of SketchUp and Shaderlight proves a hit, you might want to consider using a graphics tablet or 3D mouse. The 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator and SpaceExplorer simplifies workflow by reducing the number of clicks it takes to select, create or edit models.

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