SketchUp Plugins for Rendering

SketchUp rendering is the option that allows you to visualize your 3D design in a picture perfect manner. The option enhances the quality of your work and markets your products the way you want. There are many SketchUp plugins for rendering available to give your design a perfect touch. Choosing the best option depends on the type of work you want to get from your 3D model. The content mentions names of plugins as many as it could. You can use one of them as per your requirement and demands.

• AmbientOcclusion Lite: This plugin is helpful to get a fast visualization from your 3D model. It also gives a model a real touch with highlighting space. If you want more than usual features of rendering, you must opt for the AmbientOcclusion Pro that comes up with the depth of fields, colors and texture effects.
Visit stg-extensions.sketchup.com

• ArielVision: This rendering option follows the easiest steps to render your SketchUp model. Its easy-to-use interface makes the rendering process simpler with focusing on some essential features of rendering. You can start rendering just by one click.
To download the application, visit extensions.sketchup.com

• Bloom Unit: Bloom Unit uses the cloud computing system to create a photo-realistic view of your images. You no need to be expert in every detail of rendering since it anonymously adds all essential features your model needs.
Do not forget to visit www.bloomunit.com

• Brighter3D: This extension promises to give you a hassle-free ways of rendering on SketchUp. The built-in features automatically look after important things like lighting, noise and material. It also offers you the multi-threading option with which your system will create a realistic image of your design using the CPU power without the need for graphic cards.
Visit www.brighter3d.com

• Corona Renderer: Corona Render solves every problem regarding rendering and transforms your model into a real visual. The extension gets updated offering you new features and functions.
Follow corona-renderer.com to get more information.

• FluidRay: Rendering with FluidRay is faster and better as it prepares a visually stunning picture for your 3D models, architecture and interior design.
Visit www.fluidray.com for more details.

• LightUp: LightUp is an object-based rendering that instantly transforms your model to a visually appealing object on the SketchUp window itself. The extension ensures that you will get no-waiting rendering opposed to the traditional process.
Visit www.light-up.co.uk to know more or download the plug-in.

• LumenRT: It is another rendering extension for SketchUp that helps you create a photo-realistic view of your design. It understands the photographic environment better than others.
To know more about the design, visit www.lumenrt.com

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SketchUp to KeyShot 7 – The newest sketchup extension

SketchUp to KeyShot 7 is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. It is developed by Luxion.

This extension allows KeyShot plugin to export SketchUp files to KeyShot 7 and save out .bip files.

A KeyShot plugin connects SketchUp 3D modeling software and KeyShot 7 jointly on Windows or Mac OS X, in spite of placing KeyShot within the modeling application. This plugin includes a menu button to your 3D software to transmit 3D data and other model information into KeyShot.

Features
Retain colors and textures
Supports SketchUp physics animations
identify groups
Export .bip

Requirements:

SketchUp 2015 – 2017
KeyShot 7
Windows 7,8,10 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.8 or later

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

SketchUp to KeyShot 7 – The newest sketchup extension

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How to use paste in place tool in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will be familiar with paste in place tool. This tool can save significant time while detailing and resizing your sketchup model.

Generally, people employs this tool for transmitting objects in and out of components inside a file. But, it can also be applied to copy from one file to another.

This tool can also be used to draw outside a group or component. Just choose Ctrl+X to cut, provide group/component and paste in place.

To learn how does this tool function, watch the following video tutorial.

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SketchUp for Fine Woodwork Designs

The versatility of SketchUp allows users to draw and design anything they want. The application has been used in many practices for its user-friendly interface and flawless performance. In a woodwork project, SketchUp provides designers with a great support to plan and maintain the blue print of the design efficiently. The eminent designers use different tools and extension to prepare a fine woodwork easily and instantly. Two ways people have been using to complete their wood work project – one is making separate SketchUp file for each part and then assembling them into one; another is preparing a complete project on SketchUp using tools and extensions.

There are many videos available for the designers to project their plan properly and prominently. These tutorials are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the project you are working on. You can get a glimpse of these important notes of designing on sketchupforwoodworkers.com. Starting from a small wooden table to a credenza, you can prepare a drawing as efficiently as experts do. Designing wooden objects on SketchUp is as much interesting as preparing wooden things at shops. The only difference is it involves less toil than the real wooden work.

SketchUp does not require your methodological concept of sizes and parts to complete your project. This is why you no need to have an idea about aprons, rails, stretches and legs while drawing a small table on your SketchUp. ‘Trim and Keep’ plugin seems to be very useful while cutting the mortises that are an essential work for a wood project.

The more you handle projects, the better you become to complete intensified design that inescapably needs an expert touch. Drawing different shapes has become easier with the features offered by the application. It has inbuilt functions that project your interest in designing things in the finest way.

Making models for cabinetry and rectangular object no longer requires an in-depth study to do a job proficiently. You can also enhance your ability to realize a practical drawing and able to decide what your design needs.

Few Facts to know for woodworking:

Finally, designers across the world, who use SketchUp for woodworking, are able to sum up their experience into few key points. These facts are indeed helpful to understand the technology better and to prepare a project more efficiently. The key facts are given below:

  • Learn designs slowly, one at a time: Learning complex, critical skills slow helps you develop the result better. Start with simple things and then approach to the relatively complex designs.
    • Gain knowledge about visual clues for your understanding of 3D axis to follow: As per the experiences shared by other designers, it is a frustrating job to move an object in 3D space with two-dimensional cursor and monitor. Getting visual clues on SketchUp eliminates the problem with offering a visual clue to the designers.
    • Make a ‘Component’ as soon as you complete a drawing of an object: Creating component of an object allows you to treat that object independently in your design. You can also add this component to your cut-list for the reference.
  • Use others’ work to complete the work in a short-span of time:
    The Model warehouse is filled with a huge collection of drawings of other SketchUp users. You can use those models as a reference for your project. It gives you an easy understanding of how your object would be after finishing all necessary steps.

SketchUp has been a proven platform to give a depth of intensity in the 3D designing. SketchUp for woodwork has been gaining momentum gradually in the interested group. The application will definitely showcase your talent as a fine designer.

Source: www.finewoodworking.com

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Best SketchUp Practices for Exceptional Designs

SketchUp application has become a household name in the 3D designing. Everyone with an imaginative spree loves this application for its simple approach and easy-to-use functions. There are a few practices that SketchUp users must follow to get the best out of many. These practices involve simple things that you need to maintain while designing. Nothing stringent in rules, these practices are based on the designing habit of an expert designer. The content discusses further the practices and rules that tell you how to create flawless designs simply.

  • Make your own template and adjust the program setting: Making your own template and adjusting program settings as per your use help you design in a comfort environment – a home like feeling where everything is in order. So keeps you satisfied as well as relax you while solving a complex puzzle of designing.
  • Save often and early: This is another best practice that ensures you design stays unharmed. You can save the file even before you start designing. This allows SketchUp to activate the autosave functions that save your file and make necessary backups.
  • Group faces after they become a logical object: In SketchUp, separating objects from each other is not possible. If the object face touches another, then they will remain sticky and hard to move them separately. This is why group faces are there that allows you to make a group component after completing the design.
  • Use component for repeating objects: If you need an object that has various uses in your designing, use component program rather than groups. It allows you to work smoothly on SketchUp.
  • Precise Models designing: The SketchUp precision modeling tool ensures that a model is designed accurately and flawlessly. This tool eliminates the ‘crooked geometry’ or gaps in your design. Texturing and other modeling tasks become harder if models are not developed in a proper way. Use this application for a pleasurable workflow without any hurdles.
  • Polygon count should be low: Since SketchUp is a Polygon based modeler, every curve (triangles and rectangles) you design contains a certain amount of polygon shapes. The faster work of the graphic card relies on the low polygon shape. Display card works extensively if you use many polygon shapes in your design. The best way to avoid this problem is that use the modeling circle or arcs with minimum edges. You can also use component for displaying curve objects to reduce the problem.
  • Application of proxy component: If your design needs a high-polygon object like a tree, then you must use component to keep the polygon count low. Make sure that the components you are choosing are at the same location and it must coordinate with the axes.

SketchUp applications brought a big change in the designing. The practices mentioned above tells you the basic rules to use SketchUp to get a proper designing spree.

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ShopperMX™ Uploader for SketchUp

InContext Solutions has developed ShopperMX™ that is compatible with SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016 and SketchUp 2017.

This extension facilitates you to upload custom SketchUp models directly into ShopperMX™.

ShopperMX™ applies virtual simulations to produce an unrivalled in-store viewpoint of new shelf, signage, display and store designs. These are utilized for category management, Marketing, Store Design, Promotions, Merchandising, Sales and Executive teams for internal planning, top-to-tops and on-going retailer and manufacturer collaboration.

ShopperMX™ offers a wide array of benefits for retailers and manufacturers – significant savings in operational costs, the perception to instantly remove losing executions and alleviate investment risk, and finally reach to market quicker and more efficiently as compared to customary methods.

The users can avail ShopperMX™ from a computer, mobile device, or with a head-mounted device via ShopperMX™ HIVE (Hi-Immersion Virtual Experience.)

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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Enscape Rendering for SketchUp – The newest sketchup plugin

Enscape Rendering for SketchUp is a newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. The extension is very useful for Design review, Internal Presentation, Client Presentation, Rapid Render Generation.

Enscape™ refers to a virtual reality (VR) and real-time rendering plugin for SketchUp. You can run it with a simple mouse click and walk through your entire rendered project. You don’t need to upload to cloud or export to other programs. All modifications in SketchUp can be instantly reflected in Enscape.

You can instantly test with various design options and present projects to clients. If the client prefers to view something unique in the design, Enscape will display the modifications made to the project immediately. There is an useful option like ‘create a standalone file of your architectural project’ that facilitates the users to transmit an Enscape file to your clients or colleagues for rapid presentations.

Features: Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin:

– Real-time walk-through
– Live link to SketchUp – The modifications in SketchUp can be directly reflected in Enscape

– Direct Integration – Retain your tools and employ Enscape via the SketchUp toolbar
– Standalone export – Generate an .exe file out of your project that runs devoid of SketchUp
– Effortless usage – Rendering with a simple mouse click
– Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support with one click

Click on the following link to download a 14-days free trial version enscape3d.com

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Bezier Triangle Tool – The newest sketchup extension

Bezier Triangle Tool is the newest sketchup extension to generate and edit flatten nonrational and rational Bézier triangle surfaces.

This extension is developed by Jacob Samuel and compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

These surfaces can be scaled infinitely to facilitate creating more normal and complicated surfaces.

This extension is suitable to design structures without having a notably rectangular structure, and so rectangular patches are not treated as a natural choice for creating models of these complex geometries. They provide themselves simply to patches on spheres or quadrics.

The Bezier Triangle Tool is available in the Draw menu and in the Right Mouse Context Menu as soon as a Bezier triangle is produced or edited apply this tool is chosen.

By selecting Draw->Bezier Triangle, a default rational Bezier triangle will be drawn around the origin and keep you into the editing tool for the newly drawn surface.

Select a current Bezier triangle drawn/edited with this tool and applying Edit Bezier Triangle in the Right Mouse Button context menu will also set off the editing tool for the chosen triangle.

ith the purpose of altering the weight of a non-end control point, hover the cursor over the control point to alter the weight of it so as to highlight it in green, put the new weight required for it, devoid of shifting the cursor away from the control point, and press enter or return to modify the shape of the triangular surface.

With the editing tool, it is also possible to choose either one of the 10 control points or one of the 18 lines of the control grid which are shifted to control the Bezier triangle as per your requirements.

Inferencing is also possible when the chosen point is shifted together with inference locking with the Shift key. If the Esc key is pressed throughout a move, the surface will reset to the way it was prior to the move initiated.

Download the plugin from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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How to crop or trim any image with clipping masks in Layout

This sketchup video tutorial is the part of sketchup skill builder series. The video provides useful guidelines on how to apply Clipping Masks in LayOut.

LayOut offers an easy to follow process for trimming, or ‘cropping’, image and it is known as clipping masks.

The video also teaches you to utilize the LayOut drawing tools to draw clipping mask boundaries to adjust the shape of your SketchUp viewports. Besides, apply them to crop an image or photo easily that is included with your LayOut document.

It is possible to mask out a part of a model or image by producing a clipping mask. While generating a clipping mask, only the part of the model or image will be visible that shows up inside a shape.

Any Google SketchUp model or image can contain a clipping mask. Clipping masks can be any shapes which are sketched with tools in LayOut.

For simple cropping, a rectangle is mostly suitable.

Watch the online demonstration.

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Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

Draw pipes from lines is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin will be very useful for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Woodworking sectors.

The plugin can be used to generate pipes on the lines already chosen.

The plugin works on the following ways :-

  1. Choose the lines in the model where the pipes are intended to be drawn
    2. Activate the extension from menu – Draw Pipes Out Of Lines
    3. Provide units, pipe dimensions, length offset, pipe roundness parameter
    4. Press OK button
    5. It is also possible to copy pipes list from generated report

 Download the plugin from the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

For more information, watch the following video.

Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

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