Rendering Optimization in VRAY Sketchup

I have encountered these following questions “My client wanted me to print A0 size paper with nice quality, how can I do it?” Today I receive this from one of the follower with my Nomeradona Facebookpage “Nomeradona, I am working on a Google SketchUp 3D Floor Plan, and trying to Render it in Vray. I am able to Render it at (800×600), but I run out of ram, when I tried to output the (4000×3000 dpi) file size. Are there any tricks you can recommend to reduce the file size or increase rendering optimization?”

In this case, what shall we do? The good news is there is a very simple solution in Vray Sketchup 1.49.01 and here is this using the output vrimage.

This is an old Sketchup file which I did almost four years ago. Let me just use it to quickly show you the trick

Step 1: The output size

I have rendered before more than 8000px width x 4000px spherical panorama render which I used for this Virtual reality post. CLICK HERE to view this post. So far this was the maximum size I have tried. Anyhow in this particular render, I will make an output of perhaps half of this.

Step 2: IR passes
Since the image is huge, you don’t need that high min/max rate. I lowered my min/max rate to -5,-3

Step 3: VRImage output. 

Locate the output roll-out window and under the setting output, tick the box “Render to VRImage”. Once selected save it in exr root file to any folder that you want.

Step 4: Preview Image. 
Vray SketchUp will now begin to write the data in your hardrive. The Vray frame buffer will appear and you will see on the very top it reads “preview of the file output size that you have entered”.

Once done, the image file will be written to the assigned folder that you have chosen.

Open Photoshop and load the exr file

Step 5: Converting the Gamma 2.2 to Gamma1.0
Vray SU by default uses gamma 2.2. When we open the file in Photoshop you should not be surprise why it’s too bright. In order to convert the Gamma 2.2 to 1.0, select image/ adjustments/exposure.

Enter the value 0.45.45 ( 1.0 divided by 2.2)

Here it is..

I hope this is useful!


How to render extra huge output image without crashing in Vray SketchUp

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FrameModeler for sketchup

FrameModeler is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2018.

This user-friendly architecture tool is compatible with elementary architecture components like column, beam, wall, slab, grid etc. and can be set by the users with their fingertips.

FrameModeler works out the area and volume of the material similar to excluding intersected faces and edges.

• Information Export Tool
Export Excel data
• Select model data from ModelInfo
• Update Model Condition
Excluding intersected faces and edges, updating grid position.

Download the extension from extension warehouse

FrameModeler for sketchup

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How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis demonstrates the functionality of a useful sketchup plugin called FlexTools that can be used for generating dynamic components inside sketchup.

One can produce various smart objects like doors, windows etc. The plugin allows the users to arrange the doors, windows, louvers and other objects inside openings in your sketchup models instantly and smoothly.

This sketchup plugin is developed by FlexTools CC. It is a paid extension and cost is US$33 for one component and US$114 for all components.

One can download the plugin from

Flex tools is a series of opening creation tools developed on the basis of sketchup dynamic components engine. It comprises of the responsive objects scale and modifies to openings automatically.

The components can be resized devoid of any distortion. Here, only the sections of components which are expected to resize like the door or the glass in the windows, will be only resized whereas the frames and other objects remain unchanged in sizes.

To get more detail, go through the following video tutorial.

How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

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Raylectron Render – The newest sketchup plugin

SoftByte Labs, Inc develops Raylectron Render, a user-friendly and photorealistic rendering and animation plugin for sketchup to transform any 3d models into a photo-realistic image.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018 as well as windows platform.

Raylectron facilitates the professional artists, hobbyist or anyone who produce 3D designs and wishes to convert their models into photorealism presentations, and/or to observe their models in 3D stereo just as they were real.

Raylectron includes all the settings to modify the output, as a result, no other software is necessary for executing the task.

With the help of material, it is possible to provide diverse effects for materials. It ranges from reflection (like mirror), refraction (like glass), transparency, glossiness, shininess, bump maps, normal maps and background images. Generate your individual grass & fur. Shadows are not fraudulent or simulated like “Soft shadows”. Caustics are also real, not fraudulent or simulated.

Make your own animation that offers you a hands-free tour of a model.

Raylectron employs all the CPU cores and threads (user selectable) to render at a rapid speed and new GPU version available.

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

To know it’s features and download the plugin from extension warehouse, go through the following link

Raylectron Render - The newest sketchup plugin

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Some useful sketchup tips to improve your modelling skill with sketchup

Given below, some handy tips for sketchup users to improve their modeling skills significantly.

01. Apply the 3D Warehouse gallery: examine and cleanse models prior to importing them.

There is a universe of downloadable 3D models made by other users that can fast-track the construction of your own models. To avoid adding additional information such as lines, layers, and materials, which will only increase file sizes, purge the model’s components before saving them.

02. Place the model properly in space.

Geo-referencing a project facilitates you to consider it with regards to location, an intuitive quality for any successful architectural scheme. It is required to place a 3D model, avail it from the window> model information> geolocation> add location / define location customarily.

It is also very important to consider the time zone of each location.

03. Employ plugins and explore the new things in Extension Warehouse.

SketchUp users create different types of plugins which provide solution to the problems in each version as well as utilize the capability of accessible tools, and integrate new 3D modeling equipment.

Extensions are available from Solar North, which offer tools to fix the orientation for the angle of sunlight and shadows, to Sketchy FFD, a mesh operated with a series of control points in its vertices and edges to manipulate the dimensions of the chosen object.

04. Arrange and save your toolbar settings.

It is very crucial to customize the work surroundings as per your requirements and preferences. Make sure that your ideal settings are saved for future application, just manage sufficient time to arrange a toolbar. It will be possible to accomplish tasks in organized way and invest more time in concepts, design, and detailing.

05. Utilize groups and components to streamline editing and developing a model.

The most powerful feature of sketchup is to arrange models into groups of objects, lines or figures. The process is very quick and easy (secondary button> create group) and facilitate you to modify a specific section of your model (by double-clicking on it), keeping the other figures near the object unchanged. It is suggested to double-click on the newly generated surface, thus choose both faces and edges, and make a group prior to utilize the push / pull tool or any other modification.

To get more useful sketchup tips, go through the following link

Some useful sketchup tips to improve your modelling skill with sketchup

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How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will get some nice tricks which will be very helpful while modeling inside of groups and components.

Groups and components play an important role to make the model clean and valid. But sometime, problem arises when the geometry is invisible at the time of editing when the remaining part of the model gets in your way. By applying these tricks, it is possible to get a clear view while editing components. It becomes easier to edit inside of a group or components.

To start with, go to window tab and from the drop down menu click on modeling info option and then click on components tab. Here, couple sliders are available. Under editing display, there are two sliders namely Fade Similar Components and Fade Rest of Model. Under Component Axes, there is one check box called show component axes. Make necessary changes in the sliders to resolve the issue.

There is another option. Go to view menu and from drop down lists click on component edit and select either hide rest model or hide similar components.

To learn the tips in detail, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Sketchup

How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

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Some best sketchup animation plugin

Given below the details of sketchup animations plugins and their features :-

SU Animate
1. Camera, Object, Layer, Spiral, Shadow animations
2. There are key frames and path methods to produce animations inside SketchUp
3. Non photo-realistic
4. Compatible with Windows and Mac, SketchUp 8, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Make or Pro
5. EditInPlace and Grid are contained with each license of SU Animate

Animate Sections
1. The animated sections are applied to your group/s automatically
2. Sections will animate ascendant
3. It is possible to section cut in any direction

Eneroth Camera Memory
1. Saves the camera position with some simple clicks of the mouse
2. Functions among models
3. Best suited for version comparison for example

Example Ruby Scripts
1. An idea of ruby scripts that illustrate what can be performed with the Ruby API
2. Provides guidelines to ambitious Ruby script authors.

Simple and Intuitive 3D Rendering
1. Robust 3D rendering plugin for SketchUp
2. Convert your SketchUp model into a photorealistic render or animation
3. Interior designer or 3D rendering expert

1. It facilitates the users to animate several textured faces
2. Animatex layers which contain their own x,y,z parameters to fix speed
3. Choose faces with textures

Soap Skin and Bubble
1. It facilitates the users to use a skin over edges to generate complicated curved surfaces
2. Create nominal surfaces from edges

AMS Window Settings
1. It facilitates the users to switch SU full screen, show/hide menu bar, toolbar containers, status bar, scenes bar
2. This tool is suitable for those with small monitors
3. Obtain the maximum out of their rendering

CLF Camera Recorder
1. Records the navigating of a model and transforms each frame into a scene
2. Exports it out as a series of images to be converted into a movie with quicktime
3. Compatible with jpg and png file types

V-Ray Tools²
1. Safe Frame and 2D Export
2. Work out the distance from the camera to any point the model
3. Tries to reproduce the existing scene into a new one
4. Load V-Ray for SketchUp on demand
5. Apply Selected Material as User Override

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Some best sketchup animation plugin

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2018 Skalp for SketchUp

Skalp team has launched 2018 Skalp for SketchUp. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with only sketchup 2018.

Skalp is an impulsive and robust Live Section Tool that can be used to generate stunning plans and elevations within SketchUp.

Skalp will enhance the capacity of the users for making excellent drawings.

Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin :-

Skalp Sections
Automatic hatch patterned cross sections.
Get updates in real time, all model changes are monitored promptly.
Apply styles to remap the look in individual scene.
Entirely supports nested groups and components.
Provide support to different types of drawing scales in a single model.

Skalp Styles
The equivalent section is demonstrated in several ways.
Each Scene can get its own cross section style.
Intuitional and robust mapping queries.
Allocated with layer, material, hatching or tagging.
Patterns are adjusted according to the drawing scale.

Skalp Pattern Designer
Produce nice tileable Pattern textures for your Skalp Sections.
Texturize any model in a new inventive way.
Import a zillion standard CAD patterns.
Create your own from the ground up.
Supports scales, transparency, colors & line widths.

Skalp Export
Ability to export to SketchUp Pro’s LayOut. Constant updates of Skalp sections in all scenes.
Export to DXF comprises real CAD hatch patterns.
Batch export of scenes to DXF.
14-day FREE TRIAL license

A 14-day FREE TRIAL license can be activated once Skalp is installed.

For more information, visit

2018 Skalp for SketchUp

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Quick tips to use extrude tools sketchup plugin

This sketchup video demonstrates the functionality of an exclusive sketchup plugin called extrude tools. Get some useful tips on how to use this plugin efficiently.

This plugin combines diversified toolset which can be used for Extruding Edges into meshes etc.

The plugin is now compatible with sketchup 2018.

The most vital point about Extrude Tools is that it facilitates the users to extrude lines, in spite of faces.

To download this plugin, click on the following link

Go through the following sketchup video tutorial to learn the tips to improve your modeling skills with extrude tools.

Quick tips to use extrude tools sketchup plugin

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LayerScene is the newest member in extension warehouse

LayerScene is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. This sketchup extension is developed by Rafael Rivera.

The extension can be used to automatically generate scenes providing the names for every layer in your model as well as conceal entities on the basis of what layer they are situated.

The most crucial point is that the entities which pertain to a particular layer will only be viewed in the scene that is equal to that layer’s name.

This sketchup plugin is available in extension warehouse

LayerScene is the newest member in extension warehouse

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