Rendering in SketchUp with SU Podium V2.6
Powerful, intuitive, accessible. SU Podium V2.6 empowers anyone to create beautiful, photo-realistic renders from their SketchUp models without the pain and frustration of learning a complex program.
SU Podium runs completely inside SketchUp from start to finish, and makes use of the SketchUp features that you’re already familiar with to achieve impressive results.
SU Podium is intuitive to SketchUp users, easy to grasp for beginners, and the simple interface and versatile presets cut the learning curve to minutes instead of months.
Features and tech
SU Podium V2.6 is a photorealistic rendering plug-in for SketchUp developed to turn your SketchUp model into a photo-real image with realistic lighting, material properties, reflection, and refraction.
SU Podium V2.6 employs advanced rendering technology but sticks to it’s original intention: To make photo-realistic rendering for SketchUp an easy and rewarding task. The user interface is simply and does not require advanced knowledge of rendering techniques.
- Raytracing and Global Illumination: SU Podium uses a photon mapping algorithm that provides accurate raytracing and global illumination that yields beautiful, photo-realistic images. Although the user does not have to be aware of what technology is being used, it’s important to note that you can obtain high quality images with realistic reflection and lighting, quickly.
- Multi-Threading: SU Podium uses multi-threading to take advantage of all your CPU cores and threads. Podium is not a hybrid render-engine; for a GPU based solution, we offer ProWalker GPU powered by NVIDIA Iray.
- Cross-platform accessibility: SU Podium V2.6 supports Windows or Mac operating systems, with support for SketchUp 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Earlier SketchUp version users will need to install SU Podium V2.5, which is backward compatible to SketchUp 2014.
SU Podium has a 360° panoramic camera setting that can be used to create interactive panoramic presentations like the one seen below. Podium creates a 360° equirectangular image (as seen above), which can then be converted into an interactive presentation that can be uploaded to our free panorama server, embedded on a webpage, viewed offline, or even viewed from a VR headset.
HDR image-based rendering
HDR image-based lighting is a new addition to the the SU Podium lighting workflow starting with SU Podium V2.6. This is a versatile lighting option that can be used as an alternative option to the two Podium physical sky simulations. HDR backgrounds images contain realistic luminance and tonal data captured directly from real-world environments, allowing the HDRI to act as both a background and a light source.
Image-based lighting is a versatile, realistic approach to natural lighting, and lets the user easily test a number of different lighting scenarios to choose the one that showcases the project in the best light. Five backgrounds are installed with Podium, but over 30 additional HDRIs can be added from Podium Browser. Here are some projects rendered with a variety of HDRI backgrounds: