Project Pergola Is Finished

Creating the Pergola render is now officially finished! I have completed the roof and placed it into a rendered environment.

Pergola in Rendered Environment

Pergola in Rendered Environment.

I then added a picture as a background, aligned the camera to fit and put in an invisible plane for the shadow. I also placed some invisible planes where parts of the images should be in front of the pergola (such as the clothes dryer). The invisible planes made the parts of the render where they covered invisible as well, but showed the background behind them.

Pergola in Real Environment

Pergola in Real Environment.


If anyone is interested in how I made any of the different elements of the images, or you have a suggestion or thought about them, feel free to comment below.

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2 Responses to Project Pergola Is Finished

  1. Fax says:

    Hey David, good job! The only thing I think is letting the image down is lighting, the light in the original picture and the CG is noticeably different, in intensity and maybe a bit in the direction as well. The shadows that the pergola is casting on the ground are very sharp as well, while the rest of the (natural) scene casts very soft shadows. I think if you work a bit more on the lighting this will become very convincing!

  2. David Low says:

    Hi Fax, you’re right, the lighting does need work. I’ll see what I can do about it. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

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