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Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:19 am

Thank you everyone for stopping here to read about my little graphic trick.
My name is Dennis Nikolaev, I am a licensed architect, AIA member and a big fan of SketchUP.
Here is a quick and effective method of creating an artistic image from your SketchUP model. It was posted way back in 2005 on the original SU forum. The thread became so popular, it was active for over a year and a half and still could be found here
http://groups.google.com/group/pro-gall ... ew&lnk=ol& .
Here are a few examples:
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:28 am

In short, you will export 2 images from your SketchUP Scene: a) Hidden Line Black & White image and b) textured one with shadows. Bring them together in Photoshop and then erase a hole in the Hidden Line layer with the colored textures showing through.
The whole procedure can take as little as 5 minutes. However, there is no limit to perfection as there is no limit to the time you may spend perfecting the image.
A few more examples to give you a better grasp of the final product:
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:54 am

So, here are the step by step instructions for what became known as the “Dennis Method”

1. We start by switching to the Hidden line mode and turning off your shadows. Make sure that your background is white.
2. Line up a view that looks the best with these particular settings.
3. Save the scene.
4. Export the scene as .PNG file 4000 pixels wide. (.PNG files compress the SU graphics without loses).
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:57 am

5. In the same scene, turn on your shadows and textures. Export an image with the same resolution.
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:00 am

That is all you needed to do in SketchUP.
Now, open the images you created with PhotoShop.

6. Adjust your Hidden Line image to show grey lines instead of black. This will help to make it look like a pencil.
7. Use Copy/ Paste to place the Hidden line image on top of the textured one.
8. Pick up a large brush looking eraser and STOP!!!
9. Think. Think, what is the most expressive wall or part of your building? Only a part of this wall can show the color. Otherwise the image is not going to work. So THINK carefully what you want to see before you go on.

You will be erasing the Hidden Line layer two times with different opacity erasers. This helps to simulate colored strokes of a brush.
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:04 am

10. Back on the screen you have the B&W Hidden Line layer completely covering your colored image. Set your eraser to 50% opacity and erase about 80% of the part of the building you intend to color. Make sure that you don’t erase any of the white layer over trees or entourage – it must remain white.

When erasing, pretend that you are painting the color fields onto your picture. This will help the image look more natural vs. artificial.
11. Turn your eraser to 75% opacity and go over the same area. This time cover only 70% of the part of the building that you are coloring.
12. Save the image, because you are done!
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:05 am

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to post your questions here and to visit my site http://www.archmodeling.com for more examples.
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby Gaieus » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:20 am

Hi Dennis and thanks for this tutorial! :thumb:

I joined the SU community lot later than you first posted your method in the old forums so when I started SU, it was already called "The Dennis "Technique" (also telling this to currently new users if they ever come across the expression).

It is really great to see it "first hand" so thanks again!
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby dale » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:56 pm

Well hi Dennis, and a real thanks. I can't tell you how many times I have used the "Dennis Technique" over the years.
Thanks, glad to see you around.
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby pmiller » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:43 pm

Dennis, the whole sketchup community, myself included, are greatly in your debt. Way back you effectively showed us how to achieve great NPR images very quickly. ..."never in the field of rendering have so many owed so much to Dennis"....
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:29 pm

Wow, I never expected that this little idea will have such a lasting effect.
So, I'm going to share one dirty trick:

Add a watermark vignette right into your SU model!!!
In Photoshop erase a painterly "hole" on a white page and save it right in the .PSD format (SU) understands it. Add your signature to it and the stick it up as a watermark. Now you get an real time painterly effect even without doing any post processing. The down side is that this vignette doesn't "hug" your building. However, if you need 10 views rendered in 10 minutes, sometimes even this will do.

Thank you for your warm comments.
Since the posted tutorial is "bare bones", I hope that people will post here their own tricks and samples on "D.M.".

Dennis
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby utiler » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:40 am

Hi Dennis, WOW; have wondered where you have been!!!!

I have used your technique many time in the past few years so please accept my gratitude for your expertise and generosity...

I hope you see you here a little more regularly....
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby vizfellas » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:41 am

Very good stuff thx for sharing ;)
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby altap » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:51 pm

i've probably heard about the "Dennis technique" before knowing the "follow me" tool, it is to tell how it is part of the skp "tools set"

thanks & respect Dennis
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:42 pm

Hm, interesting. I can't think of a good way to use the "follow me" tool with D.M.
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Fletch » Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:33 am

Dennis, I, too, have used this method innumerable times, but don't think I will ever make them as lovely as you do! :D

Dennis_n wrote:Add a watermark vignette right into your SU model!!!
In Photoshop Erase a painterly "whole" on a white page and save it right in the .PSD format (SU) understands it. Add your signature to it and the stick it up as a watermark.


this is interesting... but by "whole" do you mean "hole"? ... sorry, but I was a bit confused by the tip... I know it's a gem, hope you can explain. pictures are worth a thousand words. ;)
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:05 am

Fletch, my bad. You are right. I meant to say "hole". I'll go back and fix it in the text. A part of my brain that is responsible for spelling is missing all together. English in not my mother tongue even thou I'm a US citizen. However, my native Russian is even worse.
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby MartinRinehart » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:19 pm

Cool stuff, Dennis. Can this be done in SketchUp, without PhotoShop?
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:51 pm

of course - you just got to color a small part of your building and leave the rest to be white. that is it. It might take a bit longer to simulate "the painterly strokes" but I believe it is possible.
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Swindel » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:11 pm

Dennis_n wrote:of course - you just got to color a small part of your building and leave the rest to be white. that is it. It might take a bit longer to simulate "the painterly strokes" but I believe it is possible.


Although i dont use your method, i plan to! But i have an idea about doing the painterly strokes. Use bezier curves on a face, then using the push pull tool, move it onto the wall. Then select all and instersect selected. Delete useless geometry and you've got the exact pattern you created with bezier curves on your wall. ;)
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:48 am

Swindel - clever thinking. :sketchstatic:
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Swindel » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:02 pm

Hey Dennis. I've made a basic tutorial for GIMP, using your method a few seconds ago. It's only the very basics, after you've done the tutorial you have to play around with the burn tool to make it look artistic. But how do i post the video here? It's .avi :roll:

Thanks
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:37 pm

here is a thread on "how to post a video". I'm looking forward to see what you came up with.
viewtopic.php?f=79&t=10103
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Swindel » Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:26 pm

The video isn't flash, and it isn't on youtube either. Can you just PM me your email adress? I'll send you it ;)
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings

Postby pbacot » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:03 pm

Dennis_n wrote:In short, you will export 2 images from your SketchUP Scene: a) Hidden Line Black & White image and b) textured one with shadows.


Wonderful to "meet" THE Dennis at last. I have a question--not to make this quick and easy technique too complicated: Does the "textured one with shadows" have edges showing, in this two-image version?

Here is a re-posting of a pdf that I found here on the forum (or somewhere), if I may be so bold:
TheDennisTechnique.pdf


Thanks for the great ideas, Dennis.

Peter
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:51 am

the textured one with shadows has no lines. theoretically it is your paint in the watercolor. lines are pencil. Artists do them separately, so they don't line up exactly.
Did I answer the question?
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby pbacot » Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:43 pm

Yes, Thank you!
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Robert » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:54 pm

Thank you for posting this tutorial!

I've had SU since the "at last" days but just now getting back into it. I spent pretty much the whole day yesterday experimenting with this method and variations of it. It's a fun and creative way to work!

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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby bulbangs » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:12 pm

i have a question, how do you get trees like the ones in your images. in particular the ones with just a black tree outline like the ones in this image you posted



is the tree background added in photoshop or are they models as well? they look gorgeous
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Re: Quick & Easy "Dennis Method" renderings [TUTORIAL]

Postby Dennis_n » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:05 am

those are 2d trees in SU. Their outline is a big help if you want to fill it in PhotoShop. Just use the bucket tool in PS to give it a color.
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