Exercise 125

Photoshop Enhancement of Elevations

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For this exercise, you will work with the cabin you created in Exercise 123. You will work in Photoshop to enhance an elevation view of your building. We will work with sections and plans in exercises 126 & 128.

Part I:

  • Navigate to Camera>Standard Views>Front to switch your view to the front. Now navigate to Camera>Parallel Projection to change the projection type (so that your view is a true elevation).
  • Follow SketchUp 4.5 [scenes] to set up scenes for each of your four elevation views. (Usually North, South, East & West).
  • Follow Sketchup 4.4 [styles for Photoshop] to export 2D graphics in several styles for Photoshop.
    • Note: Make sure to include a view with shadows on the elevation.
  • Repeat the steps above with each of the 4 elevation views.

Part II: Assembly 10.4 [SketchUp to Photoshop (Elevations)]

  • Combine images in Photoshop using layer blending modes.
  • Add shadows on a new layer (as necessary) to accentuate overhangs and add depth to the building. [demonstrated in lecture]
  • Add lighting (using the paintbrush tool with a soft brush) [demonstrated in lecture]
  • Add appropriate materials to the walls & windows [demonstrated in lecture]
  • Add backdrop imagery and/or reflections as appropriate [demonstrated in lecture]
    • Note: During the Photoshop post-processing, you may find that you need to add additional detail to your model and re-export to further enhance and/or showcase your design ideas. This is something to embrace and should further improve your work. (Often times the masks you’ve created in Photoshop will still apply and you can just swap out the base image).

Part III:

  • Use File>Save For Web & Devices to save a .jpg of your Photoshop work for each view. You must post at least two elevation views by the end of class today. You should comment on 3 other students’ work for this exercise.