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Bill Wimberley
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Lighting is something that can make the difference between a ho-hum rendered image and one that has that "wow factor". It doesn't matter how well you draw your plan or how much detail you include...if the lighting is off then your rendered results will be disappointing. Lighting is one of the least understood and least documented aspects of SoftPlan. In the manual and Help system most lighting settings only have just a short paragraph explaining what a setting is suppose to do. Unfortunately there is nothing telling you "how" to do it.

Finding that sweet spot where the rendering doesn't look washed out or too dark can be challenging. Creating shadows that convey depth and detail without hiding other details requires a certain understanding of lighting techniques. In many respects lighting in a rendering has the same challenges a photographer must overcome in real life.

​I would like to create a discussion to allow those of you who have mastered lighting to pass along some tips to those who are struggling with it. This could be a great opportunity for everybody to learn something.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

Bill M
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Wonderful idea Bill.

Wonderful idea Bill.

Mike Landry
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I look forward to others

I look forward to others input also.

 

Mike

Bill Wimberley
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So where are all the lighting experts out there. I know there are some because I have seen their wonderful renderings. I'm pretty good at drawing stuff but fall a little short in my understanding of lighting. About the best I can do is something like Hayden Residence without making some adjustments in Photoshop.

jimcrook@live.com
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Nice Job

Bill, you nailed that Rendering especially considering what you had to work with.   Some people must have lots of bucks to get a rendering just to look at colours :-)

 

In terms of lighting expertise, here's where I'm at .......... I wake up every morning and wait for the lights to come on, but they only ever get to dim ;-)

 

JimC

Bill Wimberley
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Bobsy
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Wish I could be of help here,

Wish I could be of help here, but my understanding is so negligible, I just recently realized there is a difference in the way lights are handled by 

CPU and GPU....embarrassing, I know. I have gotten by, using "artistic" effects for warmth and interest, etc. Looking forward to other's observations.