I've seen renderings of furniture models that look like real wood. How is that done? Does it use jpeg images of the wood in a custom texture? I have a model of wood part that I would like to render more realistically. Thanks!
Try assigning the built in materials to any solid you have. If they are not good enough, then you can edit and apply textures and bumpmaps all you like.
If you do that do a specific file, then copy that file you don't need to dig into texture management much. If you want a new texture available all the time with a seed file, then there is a bit of a learning curve.
The big ticket item with rendering is lighting. Quality lighting takes a long time to get good at. I have never been through that learning curve but I have seen others go through it. It take about 1000 hours of messing with lighting to get really really good at it. Just like real life lighting for a movie set. it takes lots of time to get good at lighting things up perfectly.
Yes, you're on to it....I keep it pretty simple and use the in-built SE textures mostly. Adjusting scale & orientation to suit the shape & scale of the part.
[See my example ST8 file.....]
Ah yeah, I should've asked [by the way, the second image is actually a photo of the installed item].....anyway, try this file, it was created back in 2012, so should easily be ST7 compatible.
The standard textures are located in.... Program Files / Solid Edge STx / Images / Textures / Wood.....I used "Wood_5" for the piece in this rather old example attached.
The problem with rendering wood in SE are the heads of wood and the side of (bended) plywood.
To achieve this I needed to make a (micro)cutout between each wood layer so I could give each layer a different color. Very time consuming...
I didn't even start what this does with an assembly nor draft!
You're welcome Pat,......yes it is a little time consuming tweaking it to get it to look right, or cllose to it.
Keyshot seems to make it much easier in this regard, but I have yet to try out the wood textures for any of our street furniture projects.