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keshmir

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Hi All,

I am new to Podium and am trying to test out my outdoor lighting by using Podium.  However, I cannot figure out how to make Podium to render as if it is night outside and the only light source is my outdoor lights placed throughout the scene.  I have used multiple combinations of shadows on/off, with different presets but they all render the scene quite brightly and my lights look just like shiny surfaces.  I have also tried LEM surfaces like the tutorial as well as Podium's built in light objects.  When I render inside of a room, the room is quite dark until I place a light somewhere in the room (when shadows are off).  However, I need to simulate this same effect outside of the house.

Any help/pointer will be greatly appreciated.

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Try using our night background SU styles, and the night preset from the V2 presets thread. For lights inside rooms, using LEMs and invisible LEMs if necessary are the way to go, but you can also use omni lights if you prefer.

You also need to post your images so we can help properly.

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Hi, welcome to the forum!


You can find  those night SU style presets here. Use them with the Background set to default in the environment tab of the Podium option window. With the darker ones, do not use sun light, a big LEM can be placed to simulate moon light however.

Please post picture has example so we can guide you more.

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Thanks guys for the pointers.  I think I am on the right track now.  Now I can start experimenting with my outdoor lighting.

One question I have.  What is the best simulation of outdoor Pot lights?  Will ceiling mounted lights from Podium library be a good representation?
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I don't think any of the light fixtures from the Podium_Browser have spot lights in them.  Nick would know better.  I think you will need to use the PLS dialog and create spot lights.  The light fixtures either have omni lights or LEMs in them.
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There are lost of them in the browser. They are made with OMNi lights but the fixtures geometry controls the light beam, just like in real life.

Maybe there's not what your need for outdoor uses, but you can make some pretty easily. If you don't see the fixture itself, create a spot light.

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Thanks for the tips.  I have started creating my pot lights using the Spot Light creation feature.  These are not really visible fixtures so this works well.
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