Always Use Proxy Components in SketchUp for Faster Rendering

Rendering is always a time-taking task, no matter what application you use. SketchUp offers some easiest solutions that not only make your design better than others but also speed up your modeling process. Proxy components are such time-saver feature that allows you to work faster on your model and get a picture realistic rendering.

Proxy component, in SketchUp term, is used to replace objects with high-poly counts so that you can avoid the delay to complete the rendering. Saving time in rendering will let you focus on other designing detail of your SketchUp.

You can use both low-poly and high-poly count in Proxy component as per your requirement. Creating models and setting their views will preferably be done with the low poly version. The high-poly count is used for the rendering that maintains the quality of the picture. Current components of your model get the required replacement with this feature. You can use the same name for replacing your current component with low poly and high poly geometry. You can also create a new component with a different name that has high-poly layer in the original form and low poly geometry in low poly layer.

How to create a Proxy component: Creating a proxy component follows simple steps. Right a click on the component you want to replace and choose Create Lo-Poly Proxy Component from RP Tools submenu. You need to select the options you want for your model and click ‘OK’.

After clicking Create Lo-Poly Proxy Component option, you will get a dialogue box containing all essential details that you need to choose.

These are:

• Replace existing component
• Create component with new name
• Criss-cross images
• Wireframe Bock

Criss-cross proxy object can be restored to the previous position with choosing restore component from Lo-Poly proxy.

Terms that you need to know:

• Criss-cross images – As the name says, your model will appear in crisss-cross look for thumbnail image.
• Block with images – it blocks the images of the original component.
• Wire Frame Block – wire frame blocks will replace the components you select.

Layers after conversion:

• Low-Poly On – component with low poly geometry will be displayed.
• Hi-Poly On – the original component and geometry will be displayed.
• Both on – both layers are turned on in your model.

Proxy components solve the most complex problem while designing on SketchUp. Rendering always takes times and it slows the system. With this feature, you can easily avoid the issue and make your rendering better and faster.

Here is also a link of a video tutorial that will guide you on how you can create proxy components.

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Always Use Proxy Components in SketchUp for Faster Rendering

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nz_Gradients&Driveways – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Gradients&Driveways. It is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018 as well as Mac OS X and Windows platform.

The plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning etc.

The plugin is used to define the necessary gradients & transition zones toward your driveways & vehicular access ramps. This extensions help in computing or transforming gradients into falls (1/distance), % grades or .deg. Visually calculate as well as label a grade among any two points.


Facilitates the users to set global requirements in compliance with your Local Authorities
Indicate Local Authorities and Legal Requirements.

Personalize/Override/Elaborate on the CODE settings to meet your specific needs.

This tool can be applied to draw a ramp to the maximum permissible grade.

If the grade surpasses the permissible grade then the tool will automatically compute and draw an appropriate ramp with the necessary transition zones, with reference to CODE and USER settings. Under this situation, it will also relate priorities the Drop(RL) or the Length with regard to your optional preference.

To get more information on this plugin, go through the following link

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

 nz_Gradients&Driveways – The newest sketchup extension
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Landscape designing software – A Better Visualization of Your Design

Landscape planning is a most needed step, especially for a new home. Expert designers carve out the best plan for a landscape after analyzing the views, activities and environments of the location. Traditionally, the plan is designed with pencil and paper that is not only time-taking but also ineffective for redrawing. Though it is considered to be the organic way of a design, today’s designers are looking for easy alternatives.

Professional landscape designing software applications are designed by companies to help designers add details as perfectly as they visualize.

Landscape designs on paper are more like an artistic job where designers consider and measure each detail very carefully. The downfall of such designs is nothing but a lack of efficiency. Redrawing of the designs is time-consuming, and getting a proper visualization is also very difficult.

3D landscape design software applications are growing in numbers with time. The useful applications and tools carry everything that is needed to make a proper plan for your landscape. Google SketchUp proves to be handy as it allows even beginners to design like an expert.

Drawing landscape on paper does not communicate well with the clients. The plans even fail to cut the mark due to the lack of clarity. This is why landscape designing software applications outrun the former one and make a strong place in the designing tool of the planners.

These software applications are also not free from shortfalls. Students and designers who are confident on designing in a conventional way feel uncomfortable with these tools. They need to go through an extensive training program to learn the application first before drawing a design using the tools. The applications are costly and they require a timely update.

The above-mentioned problems of 3d landscape design software are minor ones that can easily be eliminated. The benefits of these applications are countless and they bring the profit-driven result also. A better communication with the clients is established by the software application.

Advantages make you convinced that professional landscape design software application is a necessary tool for the designers. You can develop a master plan with colors and details that add a real look to your model. Editing any part of your design is not worrisome; rather it is an easily executed work by the designers.

Creating perspective photo through pencil is a hard and time-consuming job, and the end result is also not as clean as the design done by software application. You can prepare a virtual photo of your design with all meaningful aspects. Trees, flowers, sidewalks and other necessary details of landscape design are preloaded in the software application so that you can drop them in your design as per you like.

Generally, 3D designs software tools like SketchUp come up with all important things required for designing a landscape. Companies, though, go further and create applications specially designed for sketching landscape digitally. 3D images and designs take clients to the virtual landscape and give them a real-time thrill to walk through the design.

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VBO Piping – The newest sketchup extension

VBO Solutions develop VBO Piping, a useful sketchup extension that generates pipes from edges in selected groups/components as well as includes fittings to vertices.

It has the capability to update after edit the source (group/component of edges), and replace/edit the fittings, size etc.

The plugin supports SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.


– “Create Pipes Branch”: All inside edges of selected group(s)/component(s) will be converted to pipe with options (collection, size, type of ending fitting and continue fitting) and are chosen in an input box.

– “Branches modifier”: It refers to a tool that facilitates to edit fitting. The user will be able to rotate, replace fittings by hand, add/replace & reduce bush, redraw branch(es). Besides, specify name and add color to any branch(es).

– “2D/3D”: A rapid changing for showing the branches in 2D/3D view, stand on turn on/off the layers “8_mep_piping2D” and “8_mep_piping3D”.

– Double click (Edit Group/Component) to a branch will facilitate the user to edit the source edges and vertices. The branch will be updated to it’s “settings” as soon as the Group/Component editing will be finished by the users.

– Can generate a BOM (Bill Of Materials) of pipes and fitting by applying preset “PIPING” in VBO_Schedule Plugin.

To download the plugin, visit the extension warehouse

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

VBO Piping – The newest sketchup extension

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Demo of VizPro for SketchUp

This sketchup video tutorial provides the demonstration of Viz parametric modeling sketchup extension.

The tutorial briefly explains how to operate through the extension as well as generate a basic parametric model in sketchup. The extension sustains all the modeling history.

Parametric modeling means monitor the steps to generate the model in order that the objects are modified in due course devoid of undo and redo the various steps.

To get started go to the menu Extensions -> Viz -> Start Viz, or click the Vz button on the toolbar. As soon as the Viz Pro window opens, press Spacebar key to include new nodes.


1. In SketchUp, choose Window > Extension Manager.
2. Click the Install Extension button.

3. A open dialog box will be visible, then navigate to the .rbz file saved to your computer, choose the file, and click OK (Microsoft Windows) or Open (Mac OS X).
4. Restart SketchUp

Watch the following video to learn the complete process to create parametric modeling in sketchup.

Video Source: fluidinteractive

Demo of VizPro for SketchUp

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Learn the application of 1001 bit Plugin in SketchUp

This sketchup video will introduce the functionalities of 1001bit Tools (Freeware). It is an exclusive sketchup plugin that contains different types of tools to produce architectural components in quickest possible time. GOH CH has developed this sketchup extension. It is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015.

The architectural components range from Staircases, spiral staircase, windows, doors, walls, customized openings on walls as well as automatic creation of hip roofs, rafters and purlins etc.

Inside 1001bit tools, there are some effective drawing and editing tools such as fillet edges, extend, chamfer etc.

The users can also save the parameters, which are normally utilized, for easy selection in future.

To download a 30-days trial version, click on the following link

Watch the online demonstration of the plugin

Learn the application of 1001 bit Plugin in SketchUp

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Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

In this sketchup video tutorial, Minh from Architectural Inspirations, presents a useful video that shows how to use shapespark for creating rendering in real time.

The software also facilitates the users to observe their renderings on any browsers.

The video covers the following topics :-

Download Shapespark
Importing the 3d model to Shapespark
Brief description of movement controls
Previewing and baking the scene
Editing materials
Adding lights with Sketchup
Modifying strength of lights in Shapespark
Adding pre-defined views to the scene
Hiding objects from views
Uploading to the internet

With Shapespark, it is possible to generate and distribute real-time 3D visualizations that can operate through any modern web browser as well as on mobile gadgets, devoid of any plugins.

The visualizations are generated in the Shapespark desktop application and then uploaded to the Internet with the purpose of distributing and implanting on websites.

SketchUp is supported via a devoted extension that facilitates to export a model to Shapespark without any difficulty.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

To watch online demonstration, go through the following video.

Video Source: Architecture Inspirations

To download a 30-days free trial version, visit the website.

Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

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How to use SketchFX to apply layering styles in a sketchup model

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will learn different processes to generate a split or radial style overlay in sketchup with the use of SketchFX.

It facilitates the users to apply layer styles on top of each other to provide new effects in sketchup. The entire tutorial is created by using sketchup 2017.

SketchFX assigns artistic rendering to SketchUp. With the simple click of mouse, it is possible to make elegant previews of your models, selecting from a wide array of custom-made presets (watercolor, pencil, depth-of-field, motion-blur and various others)..

SketchFX is available in two versions like SketchFX Pro and SketchFX Ex.

Given below, some exclusive features of SketchFX

Huge list of pre-set custom rendering effects;
AmbientOcclusion incorporation;
Numerous filters exist to form your own effect which range from hue-saturation-value, brightness-contrast, gamma-exposure, blur, radial blur, bloom, fog, depth of field, vignette, artistic paint, image from file, scene, style and constant color, scene transition, masks.

To learn how to give layering styles in sketchup with SketchFX, watch the following video tutorial.

Video Source: TheSketchUpEssentials

How to use SketchFX to apply layering styles in a sketchup model

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nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia develops nz_ConvertMe, the newest extension available in extension warehouse.

The extension can be used for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to compare with component Identity, it is also applicable for the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa. The plugin supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

nz_ConvertMe: This extension allows for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to tally a previously selected Component Identity, it also facilitates the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa.

With this plugin, the users will be able to remove various tedious steps by obtaining the desired end result directly.

The plugin offers the following exclusive feartures :-

ConvertMe To Components: Transform all groups inside a selection into individual components. Remember that the axes are now put to world axes as is normally the case inside the Sketchup Environment. The components which prevail previously inside the selection will stay intact.

ConvertMe To Groups:
Transforms all components inside a selection in to groups

Extract ID
Extracts the Component ID according to your choice while transforming future Components or Groups

Apply ID
Transforms all Groups and Components inside a selection that is equivalent to the Extracted ID

Link to download this sketchup extension

nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

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How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

This is an excellent video tutorial for sketchup vray users. The tutorial briefly explains how to use v-ray 3.4 in sketchup 2017 along with photoshop to perform interior rendering of a bedroom.

The rendering is done through v-ray asset editor. The V-Ray Asset Editor contains four different tabs ranging from Material Editor, Light Editor, Geometry Editor, and Render Settings Tab. These can be utilized for controlling V-Ray assets and settings.

Asset Editor Button is available in V-ray Toolbar. One can also avail it from Extensions > V-Ray > V-Ray Render and Options > Asset Editor.
Material Editor tab provides information and manages all the materials in the sketchup scene.

Light Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information and manages all the lights in the sketchup scene.

Geometry Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information on v-ray geometry assets in the sketchup scene.

V-Ray Render Settings tab provides controls for the V-Ray renderer.

Watch the online demonstration.

How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

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