This tutorial is meant for beginners to Kerkythea rendering system. First off, I will like to emphasize that I am no expert in Kerkythea. In this tutorial, I am merely describing what works for me. However, the methods should be applicable to other types of rendering projects as well. The settings and techniques used in this tutorial was used to produce the Product Rendering shown directly below. Before we start to use Kerkythea, I highly recommend that the additional material and global setting libraries be installed.

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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. 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.

A photo applied in the background is a nice touch that I find helps add to the realism. Fire up Kerkythea and off we go. It should appear inside Kerkythea in wireframe mode. The most important part to look at is the long list down the left hand side.

This lists firstly all the different materials used in the model, then the lights in this case just the sun , then the cameras views that we already set up. Double click on a material and anything that is covered with that in the scene is selected.

Alternatively, you can click on parts of the model, and the corresponding material will be selected in the list. At this stage you could just click render, but a few short minutes work will greatly imrove the image! Right click on this, and go to apply material. You will be greeted with a list of all the material libraries you downloaded and installed earlier.

In order to get decent shadows through the windows, we ideally want a thin glass material. I then did the same for the glass table top, but selected an exciting frosted glass texture from a different library. Kerkythea also allows you to create or modify textures to your own specification, by right clicking on a material in the left pane and going to Edit Material.

Usually, I up the Multiplier factor to 4, and set the Radiance colour to a slight yellow tint. The default will be whatever size SketchUp exported it as, but the size you want will depend on what you want the render for.

The final stage of this tutorial is the Settings box. And thats it! Click OK and sit back whilst your image renders — the black square in the bottom right shows a preview of the final image as it is processed.

Here is the final result of what our not particularly hard work looks like:. In conclusion, Kerkythea can be used to quite quickly create decent quality renders. Instant 3D city builder! PlaceMaker automates the creation of your site model with a simple mouse stroke! Lightspeed modeling of smart building materials. Profile Builder 2 takes parametric modelling to the next level. Essential guide for architects, builders and designers who already know the basics of SketchUp.

Create stunning presentations to visualize your ideas. I agree that SketchUp and Kerkythea are an excellent combination. My book SketchUp 7. Regards Robin. Hi, this is a great introduction to Kerkythea for me, as I have just learned of it. Thanks for this tutorial! Just started playing around with KT and love it!

I have noticed that my globals appear extremely blurry and pixelated…any idea what this may be? The sketchup model that a staff of mine is taking too long to be exported to the kerkythea and she is blaming the software. I am thinking it could be the objects in the sketchup is too much that leads to this problem. I tried using the earlier version of her design and it seems to be able to export with no problem compared to the newer version that has more details and objects.

Is there anyway, I can help to optimize the exporting process? Try to find ways to reduce the original file size in SU try to limit your polygons, downsize component faces, downsize high resolution 2D images, etc. Maybe your computer has met its limits…. It all depends too, on how it was modeled.

Then export with instances. Josh, in reply to your comment about the globals being pixellated. Thank you mate just a minor but important question. Any ideas on how to fix it? I would be grateful if someone answer me..

This is really easy to understand and very helpful at the same time. A fast method to render images. Thank you very much!

All this is fine and good and certainly will be helpful when kerkythea has been downloaded but the real thing that people are asking is how to install kerkythea and its components into the right folders on the computer.

I need to know where to actually put these things…a step by step tutorial. Can you help? Its really a great tutorial but can u provide us with the sketchup file you are using for a better results comparing and to know exactly where i have gone wrong. Name required. Email Address required. Speak your mind.

Get downloading Obviously first you need to download and install the latest version of Kerkythea from their website here. Kerkythea Toolbar. Basic 3D Model. Sun and Shadows. Open File in Kerkythea.

Kerkythea Materials. Modify Textures. Adding a 'Global'. Sun Adjustment. Render Settings. Final Image. Nick is a third year Architect at the University of Bath, with a strong interest in graphic design and art. Nick is also responsible for design and content at Detail Design Online , a great new resource for the architectural community. Check out this great new learning resource and their other tutorials. Learn SketchUp to Layout for Architecture!

This book will make you wave goodbye to AutoCAD. Profile Builder 2 Lightspeed modeling of smart building materials. Artisan Subdivision, sculpting, and soft selection tools for 3D artists. Double-Cut Make your windows and door components automatically cut through double-sided walls!

SketchUp to Layout Essential guide for architects, builders and designers who already know the basics of SketchUp. Thank you very much for this helpful overview.

This will be extremely valuable at work. Thanks Nick. This tutorial is very helpful and simple, especially for a beginner like me. Hope this helps, Louis.


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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.


SketchUp and Kerkythea

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. Software used SketchUp, Kerkythea and Photoshop. Model is included for download in this tutorial. 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 an architect-oriented guide.


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