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.

• 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.
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• 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.
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• 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.

• 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.
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• FluidRay: Rendering with FluidRay is faster and better as it prepares a visually stunning picture for your 3D models, architecture and interior design.
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• 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.
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• 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.
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nz_Polyhedral Junctions – The most updated sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Polyhedral Junctions for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. NZ_PolyhedronJunctions comprises of nz_Edge2Polygon.

This sketchup extension can be used to generate Polygons and Polyhedral Junctions to accurate reference edge lengths as well as reunion & affix triangles. It facilitates to produce and customize platonic/polyhedrons to your exact dimensions and requirements from the ground up.

The plugin can generate your own Platonics and Archimedean Solids according to your particular dimensions devoid of depending on external imports. Polyhedral Juctions of the platonics are available all through the nature and are ideal at the time of forming balanced loads about a point.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

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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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Tips to apply sun light in a interior scene with vray for sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial briefly explains the procedures for applying sun light in interior. Sketchup Pro 2017 is used to create the model and the rendering is done by vray 3.4 sketchup.

With V-Ray Sun and Sky, it is possible to perfectly illustrate the sun and sky for reproducing the Sun and Sky easily. They are projected to work jointly and react to the angle and direction of the sun.

To obtain the sun location, in click “Windows” in the main menu, choose “Model Info”, then choose “Location”. It will facilitate to choose a location of the sun. The time and the day in the “Shadow Setting” should be controlled properly.

To utilize the sun perfectly, it is essential to apply it together with the Physical Camera. To retain the characteristics of the model, the sun should be held adjacent to its exact intensity.

To prevent the deep brightness of the sun, it is necessary to form a perfect exposure of a scene with the physical camera. With the physical camera, it is also possible to precisely capture the exact colors of the sky as well.

The properties of the sun in V-Ray for SketchUp are managed in combination with the Physical Sky properties under the Texture Editor for GI(Skylight) under Environment render options. Here various controls are available to modify the appearance and affect of the sun.

To get best result, use the physical camera with the sun, access the V-Ray Options and in the Camera rollout activate the Physical Camera. To ascertain the proper exposure, it is required to perform a quick render of the image. If the image becomes too bright, or overexposed, then modify the F-stop, shutter speed, or ISO value to recover.

It is advised to view the color values in Float format, to facilitate finding out the perfect brightness of your image. It is viewed by right-clicking and holding anywhere in the frame.


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Easy learning video on Sketchup 2017

Purchase training tutorial DVD on sketchup 2017. Improve your sketchup skills with this video based sketchup tutorial. The duration of the video is 3:40 Hours.


  1. The SketchUp Interface
    Interface the basics for the Windows
    Varations in the Mac interface
    Operate in the SketchUp
    Walk around in SketchUp
    The Create camera views
    Shade the faces Edges
    The Create shadows and fog
    Generate the multiple views with the scenes
  2. Maneuvered the objects
    Select objects and move
    the Scale and the rotate objects
    the Manipulate the faces Edges and
    the Advanced selection tools
  3. the Drawing in the SketchUp
    Basic of Line tool
    Solution: Employing the Line tool for 3D drawing Explosional drawing
    Application of Eraser tools
    Application of Rectangle tool
    Generate rotated rectangles
    Push and pull the faces into 3D
    Application of Offset tool for outline formation
    Draw curved and freehand shapes
    Generate circles and polygons
    Produce smooth and soften Edges
    Application of Follow Me tool
    3D text formation
  4. Measure and the Label
    Application of tape measure tool
    Application of Protractor tool
    Formation of labels with the text tool
    Produce cutaways with section plane
  5. Stay Organized
    Group the objects
    Application of the layers
    Application of the outliner and entity info
  6. Work with Components
    Demonstration of Component window
    Creating components
    Application of 3D the Warehouse
    Application of component options window
    Utilization of Interact tool
  7. Work with materials – application of materials, edit materials and generate materials
  8. Work with Materials on Mac – application of materials, edit materials and generate materials
  9. Work with the textures
    Map textures Interactively
    Map curved objects
    Project maps on curved objects
    Generate a floor plan with bitmap images
    Draw a structure out of a floor plan
  10. Rendering and Animation
    Apply styles
    Edit and create styles
    Export in 2D and 3D
    Basic animation, conclusion and next steps

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Demonstration of some useful mini sketchup extensions

In this sketchup video, Aaron provides brief demonstration on some mini sketchup extensions which can be operated with some simple clicks of the mouse. These extensions are Weld, adebeo_Pushline and Solar North.

Weld: Smustard Team has developed this sketchup extension. It supports SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015. The extension is used to choose numerous connected edges, curves, and/or arcs (“connected” signifies having common endpoints) and combine them into a single “polyline” with the use of weld tool.

Click on the following link to download the extension

adebeo_pushline: Denis B has developed this sketchup extension. It is compatible with only SketchUp 2016. This extension can be used to push edge. Just choose the tool and click on an edge or preselect and click on an edge and push it.

The plugin is available in different languages like Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Chinese Simplified, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.

Click on the following link to download the extension

Solar North: The sketchup team has developed solar north. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

It offers a wide array of tools to arrange and demonstrate the solar north angle that SketchUp employs to calculate the sun location as well as shadow directions. It is mostly suitable when a model is imported with a dissimilar “north” than SketchUp’s default.

To run this extension, an active SketchUp Pro license is essential.

This extension can be downloaded from the following link

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How to generate gears in sketchup with circle, offset & rotate tools

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis provides some useful sketchup tips for generating gears with the use of circle, offset and rotate tools inside sketchup. You don’t have to use any sketchup extension for this purpose.

Some useful tips :-

While going to produce geometry like this, initially you have to focus on the number of segments in your circles. SketchUp does not have the ability to draw “pure” curves. As an alternative, the curves are developed with a set of individual segments, which are arranged by providing a number with the circle tool turned on. The number of teeth in your gear can be modified by fixing the number of segments in your circle.

As for instance, let’s draw 2 circles maintaining the similar radius, one with 24 sides, and one with 36 sides.

If the offset tool is applied to generate a slightly larger circle and draw in some teeth, it is possible to employ the rotate tool to copy the teeth around the radius. Here, the circle having more segments contain more teeth.

As soon as the circle is drawn, draw a slightly larger circle by applying offset tool. After that, draw lines to the equivalent segment points to start a tooth. The scale tool can be applied to curtail this line (hold the control key for constant scaling). It is the perfect time to choose your circle, right click and choose make center. This will arrange a control point at the center of your circle that should be applied to copy your tooth in rotate mode.

As soon as you’ve detailed out one tool, the rotate tool can be used in copy mode to produce the rest of your teeth. You may require to get into and remove some left over geometry.

Now, go in and detail out the remaining gear. While accomplishing this, it’s vital to recognize the math of how you’re parting your gear up.

If it is required to draw 6 holes in your gear, just split the number of degrees in a circle (360) with the number of holes required by you for creation. After that, it is possible to draw your hole as per your choice, then generate copies along the number of degrees you worked out.

After completing this, just remove your leftover geometry and with the use of the push/pull tool extrude your gear into 3d.

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How to apply domelight and HDRI in vray 3.4 sketchup to set sky

This sketchup v-ray tutorial is based on the process to set sky with domelight and HDRI in vray 3.4 sketchup.

Dome Light produces simple, artifact-free image-based lighting with significance sampling of HDR images. This method makes light tracing and global illumination process accurate.

The VRay Dome Light belongs to a V-Ray specific light source plug-in that is applied to generate image base lighting setup.

It is available in v-ray toolbar as dome light icon. Just click on it and then click any place in the scene to arrange the dome light.

HDRI means High Dynamic Range Imaging. It is a method that creates a bigger span or range of luminance amid the light and dark areas of an image.

In V-Ray for SketchUp, the HDRI can be applied both as a background and an IBL (Image Based Lighting). If HDRI is applied as background, just load it in the Environment Rollout/Background. If it is required to use it as an IBL, then just load this HDRI in the GI (Skylight). It will transform to a light source then to illuminate the scene.

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The move rotate tool for sketchup

The move rotate tool is a powerful sketchup extension developed by Idibri. This extension is compatible with sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017. The sketchup users can apply this extension to move and rotate components and groups in actual time with text input. The users can convert their components and groups with live updating.


  1. Choose a component.
    2. Touch the menu button.
    3. Type in a position or rotation in the X,Y,Z axes.
    4. Watch it live update while typing.
    5. Select ok or cancel


  • Position in meters or inches will be dependent on the settings of model
    • Axis rotation in degrees
    • Identified issue with modals in osx

To download this extension, click on the following link The Move Rotate Tool

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How to use HDRI In Interior using Vray for sketchup

Sketchup training cool brings an amazing Christmas gift for the sketchup users out there. This tutorial is going to show you the usage of HDRI in interior in vray for sketchup.

Here you will get the full details of HDRI usage in interior by the help of vray for sketchup. Enjoy the full demonstration:

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