Contest Showcase - Gary Petrovski (3rd Place)


Gary's kitchen was impeccably executed from design to composition, lighting, and post-processing. We loved the feel of the image, and the fact that the whole scene was built around the Podium Browser "Kitchen 03" cabinet/island set. The material properties and lighting showcase many of SU Podium's greatest strengths, and the close attention to fine detail elevate the image to near-photorealistic levels.

Scene setup:

Here are the Podium browser components used to construct the basic layout of the kitchen:

Kitchen 03 - Cupboard 01

Kitchen 03 - Cupboard 02

Kitchen 03 Island

Kitchen 03 Wall Unit

The kitchen 03 set is used more or less as-is, the only modification being a slightly different paint color. Gary also adds a Podium Browser sink and faucet to the Kitchen Island next to the range. Most of the other construction elements and appliances are also from Podium Browser:

Stairs 03

Kolbe Terraspan panel door

Window 04

Refrigerator Freezer 01

Ikea Bredskar 02

Tap 01

Podium Browser Materials:

Concrete 02

Concrete 14

Brick 18

Walnut 02

Wood Floor 07

Attention to detail: If you look closely, Gary has filled the built-in wine storage on the kitchen island with bottles of wine from Podium Browser. This sort of attention to subtle detail always helps sell an image and make the render feel more convincing.

Kitchen Island 03

Wine 01

Close-up wine rack


With most of the scene in place, it's just a matter of populating the space with items from Podium Browser. The Podium Browser kitchen category is one of the most fully developed in the library with over 750 items in 12 sub-categories.

  • 160 Sinks
  • 80 Taps
  • 10 Diswashers
  • 30 Kitchen Islands
  • 91 Wall/Misc. Cabinets
  • 112 Base Cabinet units
  • 37 Cupboards
  • 8 Countertops
  • 20 Refrigerators
  • 38 Cooktops & Stoves
  • 25 Misc Appliances
  • 173 Accessories & Food

Furniture and lighting:

Artemide Recessed W

Ceiling Lamp 36

Ceiling Lamp 18

Extremis Hopper Table

Vitra Hal Medium Stool

Cappellini MiniSteel

Kitchen items, accessories, food

Coffee Pot

Bunch of Bananas

Eggs 01

Cups 07

Bread Box 01

Glass Jars

Plates 01

Tray 02

Fruit Salad

Fruit Bowl 03

Set of knives

Kitchen Towel 01

Electronics, plants, miscellaneous

Home Theater 05

Books 04

VP Table Decoration

Versace Plates

Samsung TV 02

Ikea Matilda Curtain

Books 08

EU Modular Outlets

Book 10


Pot 11 - White

Fredo Round Corner - Gary's image is an excellent illustration of what a difference Fredo's RoundCorner plugin can make in a rendering. RoundCorner gives you the ability to select an edge and apply smooth bevel or chamfer. Notice in the adjacent image how much extra lighting/reflection detail a beveled edge can capture—without RoundCornder the vertical column would not catch a strong highlight the way it does.

Render Settings

The scene has no artificial light, so rendering is just a matter of setting a shadow angle and choosing a preset. For a space like this, the final render would most likely be completed with Interior High though Interior Bright High could be used if more light was needed.

Gary is also quite adept at post-processing. He uses photoshop to make final lighting, color, and contrast adjustments, though the same fine-tuning could be done in Podium Image Editor.

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