Rendering 3d model

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by cookie1105, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. cookie1105 macrumors 6502

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    hi,
    I am currently trying to build a 3d model of a restaurant in Google sketchup. It's going well (for a novice user :) ), but once I've finished it, I'd really like to make it look as photo-realistic as possible. As sketchup doesn't support rendering, is there a way that I can export my model to another free/share/trial ware app for rendering? If so how would I go about this?

    Any answers would be appreciated.

    cheers

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  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I'm not sure what formats Sketchup will export to but Blender is a very good & powerful open source 3D program.
     
  3. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    I think you have to pay $495 for the Sketchup Pro version, then you can export to 3DS, Obj, and other formats. Once you do that you can import and render to any 3D program. The standard free version won't support these formats, that's why I don't have much use for program.
     
  4. cookie1105 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that's a bugger. Oh well, I suppose I'll have to make do with it looking like a model. Thanks for your help anyway.
     
  5. cookie1105 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Update

    Well I got to grips with sketchup. Not too bad once you get into it. I've inserted some grabs of my progress so far. The model is of a healthy take-away restaurant, that I am planning on opening up here in Copenhagen As this is very much still a work in progress, ideas & cc are very welcome.

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