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Tue, May 31, 2011 at 1:57:31 PM | Nightime rendering




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How can i get that soft interior illumination look on my exterior nightime renderings. When i see it on professional condo renderings it almost looks like the window glass is almost translucent rather than transparent. Im aiming for a soft illumination look not to choppy, but just even light to highlight the building. Any suggestions?

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Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:10:32 PM | Nightime rendering



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First, assuming you haven't, when you render it, choose the time of day to be night, choose to have day lights, and inerior lights, and inform your rendering that it is an exterior rendering.  Second, make sure your light families actually emit light, if you made them yourself, or got them from someone else, chances are, they are nothing but the light fixture, and might not contain a light source.  Third, make sure your windows are as close to the real thing as possible, then render it.

Finally, if the above doesn't work, export to a supported file format and render in a better rendering program, Revit still leaves much to be desired.


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Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:45:55 PM | Nightime rendering



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Try this info from Buildz site:

"I got a couple offline questions about doing the soft shadow renderings in Revit (all the images I've shown so far are 100% Revit rendered, with a pinch of Photoshop. So lets call it 99%). The basic trick is this: set the time of day in your sun settings to something like 2am and set your exposure ("adjust exposure" in the render settings) to around 2 (very bright). This essentially turns off the sun but keeps the sky image map and low level ambient lighting. If you have the time . . . use "best" quality setting for really getting good shadow depth. This might cost you, so try it on a low resolution image first. If you have artificial lights and are doing an exterior scene, this is a good way to get moody shots"

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Sat, Dec 3, 2011 at 8:24:42 PM | Nightime rendering




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i have almost the same problem i try to render night mode on my interior and it goes totally black no light everything is dark out please does anyone know what the problem could be help me

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