I think after quite a few months I have started to get to grips with the basics in sketch up (with everyones help! thank you).
To make the models look more realistic I know I will need to use a render programme. I have been recommend Twinmotion which can be free and pretty sraightforward and I think for basic theatre design images probably is a good tool.
However, out of interest how realstic can I get just using Sketch up??
For example, Id like a gloss finish on my floor to reflect various components I add to a scene. Can you use the paint tool to add a reflective surface. In Skill Builder I have seen solutions with a copy of a compnent of the room mirrored below with an opaque floor but this seems complicated. ( although relativley straightforward I was hoping for a texture instead).
Also, lighting, I think, Sketch up only has the sun for light and anything else needs to be rendered using an external programme.
Just thoughts and ideas on this would be nice. Thanks you wonderful people.