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Hey, I'm pretty new to podium. I  live made a lot of successful interior renders that looks great. But when it comes to a model that is outside it seems that the sky color and sun settings completely takes over the transparency brightness reflection (or lack thereof) etc of my model. So when I use a photo as a watermark through match photo and set the podium sky settings as sketch-up physical sky the render does not change the final photo to my embedded watermark.  I've even tried enclosing my model inside of my sky picture the picture comes through but everything gets darker covering up the natural lighting. 

So, the question is how can I get a custom picture as the active sky rendering in podium while maintaining the brightness in the sky settings. I attached the picture i'm using

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Hello!  The sky actually needs to imported and painted on a SketchUp face for it to show up in the render.  Podium can't render the SketchUp watermark feature.

Just make sure it's actually painted on a SketchUp surface and it will show up in Podium:

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I should add -- that was the simplest answer to your question but there are other ways to approach it.

1. If you have Podium Browser you could use a cloud dome instead of an image plane.  These are just panoramic sky images painted on a dome shape.  But they are transparent enough to let most of the light through:

cloud-dome.jpg 

2. You could add your sky to the render in post processing.  Make sure you render to .PNG with transparency turned on and then add your sky as a background in Podium Image Editor. Or do it in another image editing software if you know how. 

This option really isn't recommended unless you have decent compositing skills.

3. Podium V2.6 has a new HDRI sky/background feature.  You wouldn't be rendering with that specific sky, but it might help you out.  This is going to be released to beta very very soon.


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Wow, both of these suggestions are great.


Hey john slick, I used a cloud dome model, and while it gives me a nice partly cloudy look, however the sky is still blue. Is there a way in using your method that I can change the actual sky color using the the podium sky settings? I have all podium sky presets and it seems that the colors I have to choose from is the beautiful blueish to white gradient sky the no sky, and the night sky.
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Yeah, so in the options menu, set your background to "Default (Set in SketchUp)."  This uses the SketchUp style as a background in the render, so you can modify the SketchUp style to have whatever colors you want.

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So you can still use a cloud dome, but have any sky color you want behind it.  The only problem with this is that it's pretty tough to get the clouds to stay white...  But you can get pretty fun, colorful looks if you're going for a retro/vaporwave sort of vibe [biggrin]

retrowave-thing.png     


Lol ok I really misrepresented the raw render there, but the pinkish tones in the sky in the center square thing are actually pretty close to what it looked like originally.


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OK lol, I will l try that. Yeah that's a funky picture, reminds me of a cool 80's album cover. And ah did you turn that orange ball into a sun LEM? Pretty cool
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Haha yeah it's an LEM.

The Podium Physical Sky options do change colors depending on the time of day -- so if you set the time around dawn or sunset that's one way to get orange and yellow tones. 

But messing around with the SketchUp style is probably the best way to get an unconventional background color like above.  This is that image without all the 80s post processing [rofl]:

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Yeah, that's really cool. 
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