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    Planting render too light - is this typical?

    Is it typical for the rendering of all the planting to render way too light and have a wahed out apperance? I have noticed that planting with shadows cast on them appear much better than those in direct sunlight, but still way too light.

    I tried to adjust the properties but there is no option for this adjustment that I can see. I'm new to Revit so perhaps I'm missing something...?

    In the attached image the trees in the background are bart of the background image but the trees to the left and right of the building are placed.

    I'm sure at some point this will be a moot question in that I will be rending in 3DS Max Design but until then... But perhaps I'm not the only one having this issue.
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    It could just be a matter of using a different tree. I have noticed that most of the RPC content comes in fairly bright. The attached image was run in 2013 (medium, output to screen,) the people and plants are all RPC. I'm also including my render settings. If you haven't I would look into the exposure value and saturation settings.

    edit - a personal preference: I would ramp your bump maps up a notch or two. whether you do it in the image or Revit I'm not sure without looking at it but it will give your stone and siding some pop.
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    Some of the rpc's really get washed out in the sun. so what I do is render a bunch and find the ones that aren't to bright. But in general I don't render with the bright sun. render late in the evening or early in the morn, then bring up the exposure, your images will be much nicer.

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    I have tried so many settings my brain hurts and the frustration is no longer tolerable. I am officially abandoning Revit for final render output and will concentrate on 3DS Max Design and using Forrest Pack for plantings. Max is way different than Cinema 4D so there is certainly going to be a learning curve, but I am not happy with the way textures nor the plants render. I absolutely love Revit though, and its renders to hold some value - just not what my clients are expecting since I have been providing them with C4D renders for years.

    Cellophane: The bump maps on the Roof Siding and stone are turned all the way up. and the stone has a lot more color that what is rendering - yet another issue... I tried your suggestion of reducing the exposure but I found that everything still remained "flat," there was no depth to the trees that the shadowing would ordinarily provide. But thank you nonetheless.

    sdbrownaia: The only issue I have with your technique is that sometime I don't want the very long shadows that a low sun will produce. I did test your method and it was better but just not what I was looking for. Your input is much appreciated however - thank you.

    Thanks for the support and the feedback. This is great forum.
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    One other option is to render the plants again sep. and in photoshop place them on another layer overtop your original and adjust the curves.
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    That is precisely what I had to do sdbrownaia - just more work than I am accustom to... not bad, just more photoshop work than usual. Thank you for the help everyone.
    Last edited by pixelforce; October 14th, 2012 at 12:11 AM.

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