Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I'm really excited about one of the latest and greatest SketchUp books. It's called Rendering in SkechUp by Daniel Tal...and comes in at a whopping 640 pages. That is a lot of incredible info from one of the masters. And unbelievably, it's under $30 at Amazon. At that price, it needs to be in your library, if only to browse at the lovely pictures.

Feel overwhelmed? As usual, I'll be distilling the best tips from it for my rendering classes.

Great review at http://land8.com/profiles/blogs/book-review-rendering-in-sketchup-by-daniel-tal

Order the book at http://www.amazon.com/Rendering-SketchUp-Presentation-Architecture-Landscape/dp/047064219X

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Olioboard Design Site

Looking at an interesting new site to make a quick design board of your plan called Olioboard.    https://olioboard.com/

It doesn't allow you to put your products choices in a perspective scene, like SketchUp does, but it does allow you to drag real products from their catalogs (including big retailers like Crate and Barrel, Dwell, etc) or drag images from other websites into a one-point perspective space.

You can use a scene of your real project that you've created in SketchUp as a backdrop. Although it's not terribly intuitive, if you're in the "Design a Room" tab, you can click on the "my items" tab, and then upload the image as your scene to work with.