June 24, 2012

Section Rendering: SketchUp and Photoshop

Section Rendering from Video by Alex Hogrefe

Understanding how to render quickly in the architectural field is very important. The following video shows the work-flow and Photoshop methods used to create a quick section in Photoshop from a section created in Sketchup.
  1. Export section cut from Sketchup
  2. Open in Photoshop, color section cut
  3. Shade interior
  4. Add People
  5. Add Landscape

Similarly, you can also use CAD to create your section and finish it using the same Photoshop methods in Photoshop. Using CAD you can keep your drawings to scale. To learn more about section rendering in Photoshop, check out the Architecture Student's in-depth tutorial.

Additional Information

If you are looking to buy a book on computer rendering, Bradley Cantrell and Wes Michaels' book, Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design, even though it is for landscaping outlines the requirements and techniques for Photoshop rendering. I usually buy 'em from an amazon seller for cheaper. Always be sure check seller reviews!

Also check this book on Architectural Sections, Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis. Debates about a project and its  section are common and can often be intense. Every project needs Sections in order to explore relationships. Until now, however, there has been no framework to describe or evaluate the art of Section making until this book.

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