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Hi, I am new to Chief Architect, using version X12. Can anyone give me a suggestion for my lighting in this room? It seems too light overall. Can someone tell me how to make the lighting more realistic?  I've tried to lower the wattage on all the lights but this isn't changing the overall look.

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I'm no expert on rendering...but, there are some simple things you can/should do. 

 

First - Click on "Edit Active View" icon (which should be on your top tool bar)...looks like this:  2021-02-20_12-08-14.thumb.png.ff877bfc8ef1045114ff52bc275b8245.png

In this DBX (dialogue box) you can "adjust lights"....turn on or off lights in the active view. You can also change the color of some or all of the lights...you'll need to experiment to get what you want.  
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You can also edit the sun angle so that enhances your camera view. Click the light bulb in the top top tool bar, then click the adjust sunlight icon. You can adjust the "tilt" and direction" by unchecking the "sun follows camera" box (if it's checked). 

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Try reducing the interior ambient light (this is done through the Technique Options DBX), too much tends to make the image look flat. Then put in some additional lighting. Here's a good article from the knowledge base that covers the basics https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00777/working-with-light-sources.html

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