Top Rendering Plugins for SketchUp

The topic of SketchUp rendering plug-ins is one of the most frequently discussed in the digital modeling world. As SketchUp’s intuitive and open design makes it easy to develop plug-ins, several plug-ins have been created to help improve the software.

The rendering plug-ins are one of the reasons why architects and interior designers use SketchUp so often. These may aid in creating photorealistic images, provide a larger library of materials, or even utilize tools that aren’t found in the basic SketchUp.


SketchUp’s Thea rendering plug-in is known for its material effects and material design features.

The renderer provides fog and cloud preset that can be used to run an interactive rendering through Interactive Region Rendering. With this option, designers can select and render a desired part of the design, and SketchUp will respond automatically.

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Twilight Render

Even though Twilight Render offers a library of materials, not all textures are included. Twilight Render is a great tool to learn about materials if you are getting used to SketchUp and learning to render photorealistic models.

You can use Twilight Rendering plug-ins inside SketchUp to work on your renders. No geometry is distorted or textures are lost in this process. As an example of Twilight Render’s beginner-friendliness, they have a rendering mode called Easy.

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The Top 5 Extension for Energy Analysis and its Properties from SketchUp Extension Warehouse

1. nz_Sunshine

Visualize a Ray of Light, Solar Data, Sun Angle of Incidence.

Visualizes a ray of light along with some solar data including Sun Angle, Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Equinox, Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, and Azimuth is now also available Surface. The angle of Incidence, % Percentage Perpendicularity, HSA, and VSA are here. Sketch up is a great tool allowing you to determine solar entry, and much can achieve via Trial & Error.

However, it is more important to appreciate the physical mechanics of Light and Shadow so that you can more directly access viable solutions. Over the years, I’ve found that students and non-architects find solar charts and solar analysis a little challenging to grasp, at least in the first instance. Nz_Sunshine provides a visual representation of the relationship between the sun and, form, to further a grass-roots understanding of how shadow castings work. To this end, one can optionally display HSA (Horizontal Sun Angle) & VSA (Vertical Sun Angle).

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Arielvision for Sketchup

This is a photorealistic rendering engine for Trimble SketchUp version since 2019. It is very easy to use. It is also affordable for the users. 


  • The lights and illumination 
  • Background images 
  • Realistic glass materials 
  • Reflective materials 
  • Integrated into SketchUp 
  • Photorealistic rendering engine 

ArielVision make the process very easy to learn Render. It is able 

  • To set the lighting default that is preset for the users. 
  • The material settings provide the need what users need. 
  • Predefined materials make this very easy. 

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BoxUp XYZ ? A new extension in extension warehouse

BoxUp XYZ is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

BoxUp expands Sketchup Dynamic Components with Dynamic Materials, Costing, Lists. It is very effective while dealing with sheet/profile based modular systems like; Kitchens, Office furniture, Shelving, Wardrobes, Aluminum profile systems and so on.

Sheet based materials may range from MDF, Plywood, Glass, Acrylics – any sheet based system.

Linear based materials like Aluminium profiles, Edgeband, gaskets – any profile based system.

It is possible to create your own collection of components or collections for a client. BoxUp Pro comprises of a wide range of dynamic components for kitchen design. It can be applied as reference, as a base to make your own, or utilize it as is.

Attribute manager: Establish attributes values for selected components – only changed attributes are revised. Swap components, select from a list of components in the collection to substitute the component(Pro only).

Material manager: The Material Manager applies ‘Tags’ to connect Sketchup materials and individual faces. Modify materials for selected components with the selected face tag.

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Best Free Lamp Models In 3d Warehouse For Sketchup Users


SketchUp is a 3D based computer program. It is very helpful for drawing applications such as architecture, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering. SketchUp is able to visualize iea of users. Users also are able to customize their own workspace. Users also can design in 3D while the documents are 3D.

SketchUp helps users to make designs in almost every stage. SketchUp provides users with a simple and very easy to use interface for beginners to advanced users. Users can create 3D based models, import drawings, CAD plans, photos etc. after that users have to use modeling tools for expanding the ideas in 3D.

3D Warehouse

3D warehouse is online and users can access it from any type of web browser. It is a website full of pre made 3D models. These models work very smoothly with SketchUp. It is a resource and community for everyone. By using 3D warehouse users can download models, save models as favorites, upload created models and connect with other users.


1. Users can share their work with the world.
2. Users can find many models.
3. Users also can promote their product.

List of free Lamps

Hanging Light Cluster

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Using Drones to Create Beautiful 3D Context Models in SketchUp

3D Visualization software like Lumion and gathering data from OpenStreetMap or similar terrain mapping is all good for a basic 3D context model, but it is nowhere near good enough for displaying your model in real location in all its glory. That’s where drones may come in handy.

Most 3D terrain data from OS or similar sources come in flat colorless detail-less blocks only, and satellite imagery are way too low-res to have any effect. At least, those that you can access publicly. These options are great for quickly mapping out the urban or rural environments around your model, but drastically limits options and capabilities when preparing client presentation renders.

This is where drones may be very useful. You can get into really speedy context-building without having to sacrifice photorealism. The idea is based upon taking lots of photos of the area with a drone with a high-res camera, and then using those photos to match and render the 3D context in SketchUp.

Incidentally, drones are already used in construction in a similar manner. They fly them around the site, especially in case of large or tall projects, to see the progress and to inspect difficult-to-reach spots. Now we can, and should, use a similar idea in SketchUp 3D context modeling.

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4 Salient Features of Lumion 8

It has been a while since the name of Lumion has carved out its majority space in every 3D designer’s mind. Many people use it personally and many companies use it professionally for their 3D rendering purposes. Today we have the most modern version of Lumion – the 10th, but the craze for this wonderful application started back in the years with Lumion 8. Today, let us look back and see what were the best features of Lumion 8 that made it so popular among 3D modelers and designers.


The first thing that blew the minds of Lumion users back then, was the introduction of the Styles feature in the rendering app. Styles are basically what you apply today as filters on smartphone photos – changing the color and tones of the photo in one tap. The styles feature worked similarly – you just choose a style from a list and the scene you are rendering gets a whole different look.

There were a bunch of predefined styles. But of course, you still had complete control over each and every aspect of the colors and tones and lighting, after applying a style (or not applying one at all, just going au naturelle). However, most people used to just choose a style and stick with it. because they were such great effects to begin with, you wouldn’t want to change much of the settings – maybe just change the shadows a bit or apply a bit of vignette, minor stuff like that.

Sky Light

In addition to Styles, there was another new feature in Lumion 8 called “Sky Light”. This is actually a brilliant algorithm to create photoreal lighting effects, especially in those scenes with sunlight. It creates a space effect with lights, making our eyes believe what we are looking at is lit up naturally. The shadows cast in this system were very natural too – plus, they were worked on later by the following feature.

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Some of the best and user-friendly SketchUp Plugins

In extension warehouse, there exist different types of sketchup extensions or plugins and among them, some are most popular. In this sketchup article, you will be familiar with some of the most popular sketchup plugins due to their extensive FPS toolbox.

1. Selection toys: Selection toys belong to a vital extension for all modelers and for any type of modeling to facilitate the users to filter objects in and out of a earlier selection. The users will be able to both select and deselect only edges, groups, components or entities which contain some specific properties like hidden, soft or smooth etc.

This extension can be used for several purposes like concealing bounding edges, optionally employing materials and more.

2. Selection Memory: This extension allows the users in recalling the selections created in SketchUp in order that people never miss any selection for any model or size.

3. Weld: This extension includes the loose edges into a soft curve to be chosen in a single mouse click. This extension can be utilized to avoid unnecessary popping up edges at the time of working with Push/Pull tool on traced geometry. In fact, much long arrays require additional usage of the extension and weld is best fit for this.

4. Eneroth Camera Memory: This extension can acquire camera views from one model to another that facilitate recalling the users without difficulty. It will be perfect for working among versions of models and copying scenes. When the both models are open, it acquires the view from the first model and select ?Put to Memory? option and in the working model, the users will be able to choose ?Retrieve from memory? point out the view.

Some of the best and user-friendly SketchUp Plugins
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Reviewing Lumion 6

In the course of recent weeks We had an energizing chance to test drive Lumion 6. To put it plainly, this discharge is best portrayed as a quality discharge. You won’t see a mass of new tools and buttons, however you will see that all that you previously adored about Lumion is much progressively refined and clearly better than the past discharge.

Generally eminent to us, Lumion 6 is stuffed with a few new rendering advancements, and new and refreshed effects, and extended escort prospects. The group at Lumion appears to know precisely where to invest their energy to give us the most incentive on new discharges.

Despite the fact that Lumion has an extremely instinctive game style interface, new highlights are now and then elusive. We set aside some effort to record instructional exercises clarifying my preferred new highlights and how to discover them. You will discover the recordings above supportive for both understanding why the new highlights and updates are significant just as how to utilize them.

The condensed rundown of Lumion 6 highlights are as follows:

  1. New advancements for improved materials, reflections, shadows and lighting: PureGlass, Speedray Reflections, OmniShadow, Hyperlight 2
  2. Improved material surfaces
  3. As good as ever effects, including: Improved Depth of Field, Curve in Mass Move, Autumn Generator, Animated Spotlight Colors, Styrofoam
  1. Improved sky realism
  2. Outline style for energized 3D individuals
  3. 212 new trees and plants
  4. 20 new energized varieties of 3D individuals from aXYZ Design
  5. 20 new sounds
  6. Individuals in-vehicles choice
  7. 80 new Advanced Glass materials created utilizing Lumion Pro’s own PureGlass® innovation
  8. Improved interoperability for consistent correspondence with 3D CAD programs
  9. Improved rendering execution in Photo Mode
  10. 80 new Advanced Glass materials created utilizing Lumion Pro’s own PureGlass® innovation
  11. Improved interoperability for consistent correspondence with 3D CAD programs
  12. Improved rendering execution in Photo Mode
Reviewing Lumion 6
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Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

This exclusive v-ray for sketchup video tutorial, Alex Oliver, lead instructor at Sketchup School, provides some useful tips for the user so that they can’t omit some vital steps while rendering with v-ray for sketchup. The users always miss these vital steps and waste huge time for recreating the rendering.

The video focuses on the following crucial points :-

1. How to place the Sun in SketchUp in order that V-Ray can perfectly shine sunlight into your model
2. Guidelines for applying Groups, Components & Layers in SketchUp to transform your rendering workflow more effective in V-Ray
3. Guidelines for arranging your materials to simplify them to perform with in V-Ray
4. The variation in how V-Ray renders details, and why it is necessary to add more of them in SketchUp to improve the quality renderings remarkably.
5. How to maximize your polygon count in SketchUp for rapid, superior quality renderings in V-Ray.

The first important step is to ensure your model is render-ready. Render-ready checklists comprise of the following five important steps :-

a. Orient your model
b. Optimize Your File
c. Arrange your materials
d. Include realistic details
e. Recall your polygons

To get detail explanations about these important steps, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Architecture Inspirations

Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

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