October 16, 2019

Tools, Tips and Terms for Generating Fabulous SketchUp Renderings

Quality renderings make a big impact when presenting your designs. Sketchuprendering.com is devoted to helping you create better renderings using SketchUp rendering extensions. You will find great information on the best rendering extensions available, along with tips, reviews, news and renderings submitted by people like you.

Best SketchUp Renderers

There are many SketchUp rendering extensions to choose from.  We feature some of the best renderers available to help you narrow your search, but you be the judge! Free trials are available from their websites for you to download and try so you can find the perfect program that meets your needs.

IRender nXt         ArielVision

Allura GPU           ShaderLight

V-ray                        Thea

Maxwell                Su Podium

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Rendering Tips

These tips will help you build better models, improve renderings, and save time!

Free HDRi backgrounds: Do you use HDRi backgrounds in your renderings? www.HDRiHaven.com provides access to their growing library of unclipped images, at no charge!  HDRi Haven supports creation of their images through the generosity of users who donate through Patreon.  It’s not required, but if you find the service useful you should consider contributing.  Check them out at www.HDRiHaven.com

Learn some basics about rendering in SketchUp!

Sample models and SketchUp renderings!

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Rendering News & Articles

Creative Custom Furniture Design: There are many, many woodworkers and furniture designers around the world using SketchUp.  This interesting and insightful article by Steven Griffinof SketchUp profiles Anne Bossart, a custom furniture designer who produces amazing pieces inspired by her imaginative artistry.  Read the article.

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Rendering  Terms

Rendering has its own unique language, so if you need a quick reference at any point we’ve got the most common definitions for you here.

Fractal Plants: SketchUp models can create very complex plant components which take a lot of work to develop and can significantly slow down a model.  By using Fractal Plants in a Ray Trace renderer, you can keep your model small, and add the detail during the rendering process.

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