The next Podium release will add support for HDRI skies and backgrounds for image based lighting.
Users will be able to choose from a selection of pre-installed HDRI skies, or upload and use any externally sourced HDRI background. HDR skies and backgrounds are photographed in a way that faithfully captures real-world lighting, and allow the user to simulate a vast range of naturally occuring light scenarios.
In addition to the pre-installed skies, we will provide a downloadable library of HDRI images for licensed users. And of course, you can use your own or use images you have purchased or downloaded from third party providers.
HDRI lighting provides a versatile alternative to the two Podium sky simulations and a quick, easy method for look development in your renders.
Tip — HDRI Haven is one of the best providers of free HDRI imagery out there for CG artists and visualizers.
Stay tuned for more information on the update!
Also coming in the next update - Podium Image Editor will have a new one-click HDR tonemapping option called "Adaptive linear." This is a histogram normalization function designed to fix exposure problems without losing your highlights and shadows.
By rendering to HDR and selecting the adaptive tone map, a vastly underexposed render can easily be pulled into an acceptible luminance range while enhancing areas of local contrast.
This provides a much better base for further post-processing and prevents the need to re-render an image that probably would not have been salvageable without the added robustness of the HDR format.
This is a final notice that SU Podium users can still purchase ProWalker GPU with a 50% off upgrade price until July 31, 2018.
That's plenty of time to test the 30 day trial and see how ProWalker's intuitive, GPU based workflow can benefit your visualization business! (Windows only)
ProWalker and SU Podium share a common lighting and materials workflow, and both fully suppor the Podium Browser content library.
This was a significant update with several improvements to ProWalker's animation tools and workflow. Additionally, this version fixes the LEM Power mismatch between SU Podium and ProWalker GPU, and adds an "LEM Strength" slider to the lighting interface for making real-time adjustments to light emitting material brightness. Find a full overview of new features below:
The following tools and features have been added in the V1.1.5 update:
Download ProWalker GPU v1.1.5ProWalker GPU download page
So far in June we've uploaded new dining room and office assemblies, as well new kitchen/bar stools.
20 new living room assemblies
Japanese bedroom assemblies
Japanese single and double beds
Dressers and miscellaneous
Dan Brown at SketchUpTrainer.com is holding an SU Podium rendering webinar on July 26, 2-5PM ET.
"This lesson gives you the tricks and techniques to create photorealistic renderings with SketchUp and SU Podium. Learn how to create reflective materials, lights, and techniques for interior and exterior renderings. This session finishes up by creating a composite rendering and adjusting in Photoshop."
Dan has extensive experience teaching SketchUp and SU Podium, and this is an ideal course for beginners who want a guided introduction to render techniques. See more details on the event page.