they have a lot of laminated plastics here in vietnam called "EP Plastic" they even laminate their pictures and put it on the altar. lol.
i am actually trying to use this light colored laminated wood fooring and the closest in my library is the one available in the sketchup library. in max if i ad a bump map on that floor it will look like a real wood. as tbd said bumps are not yet in his mind at the moment so thats fine with me. we will all agree that podium is the fastest photorealistic rendering engine. i'm actually spending a lot of time to read info on how to speed up my geometry (to present asap the concept to my clkients) and during the holidays here in vietnam i did rendering test on one project with different light source on the same scene. im attaching here some of the findings.
1. 18m2s, (BIG LEM with dark bakground)
2. 20m34s (LEM under the roof)
3. 19m11s (BIG LEM + omnis without cones)
4. 2m12s (SUNLIGHT only)
5. 17m57s ( sunlight with LEM)
i ve also tested omnis only but they are very unpredictable. sometimes omnis dont render. dont know why. ive seen some thread on this but not satisfied with it.