I am doing renders of the inside of a room. I would like to show a "bird's eye" view of the room, from above the ceiling (outside the room), but still see the interior of the room.

birds eye view

An easy way of doing this is to simply hide or remove the ceiling surfaces. However, this has the side effect of reducing the amount of lighting in the scene, because the ceiling no longer reflects light into the room. The top corners and edges of the walls also are no longer lit accurately.

I would like to render the scene as if the ceiling was there, but without the ceiling actually being (directly) visible.

Is there a name for this problem, a technique, or material?

  • $\begingroup$ Lighting a scene and final rendering the lit triangles are orthogonal. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 12:04
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    $\begingroup$ Like, at a right angle to each other? Dude that is deep. $\endgroup$
    – aaaidan
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 9:14
  • $\begingroup$ No I mean that once you have the lighting information you can simply leave out the ceiling geometry in the final render of the lit scene. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 9:20

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You can use single sided triangles for the ceiling so that they are pointing towards the room. This way the ceiling influences the GI in the room but you can see through it when observing from outside


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