Im new to the forum but have been using sketchup pro for a number of yrs professionally.
Whilst i like the ‘sketch’ look we present to our clients, we are more and more feeling like we should move on to more realistic renderings.
Many yrs ago i was a visualiser and used vectorworks and artlantis, and whilst these achieved decent results at the time, nowadays i have nothing like the timescales i used to have as a junior. Whilst im not naive enough to beleive theres a program with a one click ideal, i really do need something that is very easy and very quick to learn whilst able to achieve reasonable results - not looking for photolike realism.
Ive experimented with vray in the past ( too complicated and not user friendly) and recently lumion (interesting but still requires lots of time and computing power esp to set up internal lighting)
My colleague has suggested we look at cinema4d (because that seems to be the ‘standard’) however from when i last used this it had a steep learning curve also and its a ppwerful program, maybe more than we need
Ive looked around online and there seems to be an insane amount of render engines with plugins, and 3d programs that can import from sketchup, but its tricky to find any with real world reviews. In the ideal world i would have all the time in the world to create and perfect visuals- in the real world i may have only a few days to pull together a full presentation complete with designs, mood boards, plans and visuals.
Shaderlight looks interesting, though i have not yet downloaded, any other suggestions?