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I am trying to render pool water.  I have tried different things but I just can't seem to get it to look right.  The first two supplied are from "pool Studio".  To me these look fairly realistic.  I like the transparency and color.  The last two are my renderings.  I know it has a lot to do with the pool plaster material, texture, etc.  But I just can't seem to get a good pool water.  I have gone to the Sketch Up Club for good images.  Just looking for tricks and tips as I have been doing alot of pools lately..

 

thanks in advance

melissa

 

 

 

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Very interested in replies as well.  Really not obvious using strictly CA features.

 

This is the best I've managed.

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Well, since I got no replies I ventured out in VRay for rendering vs. Chief.  VRay (by Chaos) allows powerful rendering with less of a learning curve.  They also have great video tutorials.  One of the tutorials was dedicated to realistic pool water.  Five days into the free trial (Vray for Sketchup) I am hooked.  So less work in Chief, just getting the 3D structures set up, and import 3DS into sketchup and update materials, lights, etc.  (I guess I could learn how to build the structures in sketchup, but I still suck at using the sketchup tools...) There is a big difference in the photorealistic quality as seen in the images provided, and I am nowhere near to learning all the techniques in Vray. 

 

https://youtu.be/3xI1vXRFz4g

 

Here are two animations of the same scene.  One in Chief and the other using VRay.

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I did these pools in Chief.  I just used a Chief water texture, then tweaked the bump map settings to get some ripple effect.  For the waterfall, I imported a waterfall model from the 3D warehouse and stretched it to fit the area I needed.

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Those look nice!  I have gotten somewhat realistic pool water in Chief.  But I thought I'd try Vray out.  Thanks for your images!

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