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Exterior rendering for client using PodiumWalker with HDRI background, pp in PS

Suggestions for improvement will be greatly appreciated
BEVERLY-RENDERING.jpg 

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Thought this was a photo first glance.
The vegetation lets it down second glance though.
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Ah the curse of bad Photoshop...

The original image had some post-processing that made the render look like a real photo. That was really impressive!
However adding the vegetation in afterwards completely ruined it. You need to balance the colour saturation and balance, blurriness and contrast/exposure to anything you add in after rendering. That's why I always recommend that people add as much detail as possible in Podium, and use Photoshop simply for adjusting the image quality, not adding stuff.

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Thanks guys for feedback.
Funny thing is that all the vegetation, minus the grass, are podium 2d and 3d trees/bushes rendered within the scene. I typically use 2d trees/bushes in my scenes but this was was the first time I used 3d trees.
I darkened and desaturated the leaves of the 3d vegetation within the sketchup material editor because they were too bright and vibrant and they didn't look realistic. But maybe take the color balance further with material editor?
Any other tips for 3d vegetation? I know landscaping is a weakness I must strengthen.
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When you say PodiumWalker, you mean ProWalker GPU, correct?  This looks very photo-real to me.  What's the fuss about the vegetation?
Andrew T. might have best suggestions for vegetation.  He uses a lot of Podium Browser 3D trees/ plants.
But it looks very good to me.  Possibly some of the leaves are blurry?
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That foreground vegetation in the corners is Photoshop though surely?

The vegetation on the left looks fine, The vegetation on the right needs some blur. You ought to lose the vegetation on the top edge.

These things should improve the image. The building render itself is fantastic!

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Thanks guys. And yes, sorry I meant ProWalker.

Concerning the foreground trees I started out with 3d trees but they didn't look very good close up so I went with a 2d podium tree instead so that's why it looks photoshopped. But I agree, these trees aren't the best looking in the end.

I did add a bit of blur on the entire image in PS to soften the edges of the building and trees, but maybe the blurriness of the foreground trees is from enlarging the them too much and losing some quality?
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Oh wow this is really amazing! 

Yeah those two trees at the top of the frame are unfortunate, but just about everything else is wonderful.  I have seen that happen with Podium Browser trees before -- some of them look fine in the background but just aren't meant to be front and center. And unfortunately the strong contrast against the sky really draws your attention to their shortcomings.  The grass is really excellent, and your post processing is just fantastic.


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I am looking forward to an update on this.  Maybe just remove the foreground trees.  We would like to post this to Facebook.  It's very photo-realistic.
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I never do a drawing the same way twice, always tweaking and trying different things. 
I did get rid of the foreground 2d trees but also tried darkening the 3d foreground trees so the eye is center-focused on the house
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Wonderful.  You say this was done with ProWalker?
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Yup. Thank you
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This is a truly excellent image - it really does look like a photo.
You ought to turn the lights on the porch off though. They are pretty much the only giveaway, and you can see how artificial they look 😉

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