V-Ray for SketchUp: Overview

V-Ray for SketchUp provides designers with faster rendering, better lighting tools, and the ability to create and visualize complex scenes. This designer-friendly rendering solution for SketchUp features dramatic improvements to visualization workflow, image-based lighting quality, and a designer’s ability to quickly manage complex scenes with highly detailed models.

EASY TO USE

Easy to learn, easy to use. V-Ray for SketchUp is designed to get you up and running in no time.

QUALITY

V-Ray lets you create the highest quality renders possible – directly in SketchUp.

POWER

V-Ray gives you the power to render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.

SPEED

Render fast, design faster. V-Ray for SketchUp lets you spend more time being creative and less time waiting.

CREATIVE CONTROL

Focus on design, with a full suite of creative tools for lighting, shading and rendering.

THE INDUSTRY STANDARD

92 of the top 100 architecture firms in the world render with V-Ray every day.

What’s new in V-Ray 3.6

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp – Now compatible with SketchUp 2018

VIEWPORT RENDERING

With new Viewport rendering, you can easily select and render multiple regions at once, and quickly blend between your V-Ray render and SketchUp model using +/- hotkeys to control opacity.

POWERFUL GPU RENDERING

Faster, more powerful GPU rendering with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.

HYBRID GPU+CPU RENDERING

V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of all available hardware, including CPUs and GPUs.

ADAPTIVE LIGHTS

For scenes with lots of lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can help you cut render times by up to 700%.

SMART UI

The entire V-Ray for SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors.

FILE MANAGER

Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.

V-RAY COLOR PICKER

New color picker that’s simple and powerful. Select color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.

V-RAY SCENE IMPORT

Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.

SUNLIGHT STUDIES

Create sunlight & shadow studies with SketchUp sun animation.

FOG

Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.

NEW TEXTURE MAPS

Fine-tune the look of your scene with new gradient, color temperature and procedural noise texture maps.

2D DISPLACEMENT

Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling with optimized 2D displacement — perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.

ANIMATED PROXY OBJECTS

Easily add pre-animated 3D objects like walking people and trees blowing in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.

PROXY PREVIEWS

Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the SketchUp viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), and the new low poly Proxy preview mode.

BETTER VIEWPORT MATERIALS

Get a more accurate preview of your V-Ray materials in the SketchUp viewport.

BETTER DENOISING

The V-Ray Denoiser is now easier to set up and you can refine settings even after you render.

V-Ray for SketchUp: Key Features

Interactive rendering

Render interactively while you design. Fine-tune lights and materials and see the results right away.

Twin-engine performance

V-Ray includes two powerful rendering engines. With CPU or GPU acceleration, you can use the best engine for your project and hardware.

New UI

Introducing a redesigned, designer-friendly user interface for faster workflows.

Material library

Select from over 500 drag and drop materials to speed up your next project.

V-Ray swarm

Introducing a powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that's simple and fast.

Denoiser

Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.

VR

Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.

Section Cuts

Easily create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper.

Aerial Perspective

Quickly add realistic atmospheric depth and haze

Grass

Create realistic grass, fabrics, and carpet with V-Ray Fur.

Global illumination

Render photorealistic rooms and interiors with V-Ray’s powerful and fast global illumination.

Accurate lights

Render natural and artificial lighting using a wide range of built-in light types.

Environment lighting

Light your scenes using a single high-dynamic-range image (HDRI) of its environment.

Physical sun & sky

Simulate realistic daylight for any time and any location.

Real-World Cameras

Work like a photographer, with controls for exposure, white balance, depth of field and more.

Physical Materials

Create great looking materials that look exactly like the real thing.

Advanced Textures

Create realistic and unique materials using any texture map or one of V-Ray’s many built-in procedural textures.

Proxy Objects

Bring more detail to your project with memory-efficient proxy models of complex objects like grass, trees, cars and more.

Render Elements

Render your scene as separate passes for more artistic control in your image-editing software.

Frame Buffer

Track render history and fine-tune color, exposure, and more directly in V-Ray’s frame buffer.

Render Nodes

Give V-Ray Swarm and network rendering a major speed boost by adding cost-effective render node licenses.

V-Ray Scene Export

Share complete, ready-to-render V-Ray 3 for SketchUp files with any V-Ray 3.4 or higher application.

ACADEMIC LICENSES

Contact us to check out V-Ray Academic pricing for students, educators and institutions.

VRSCANS

V-Ray for Sketchup now compatible with VRscans.
Access to over 600 photorealistic, drag-and-drop materials.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.