Rendering inside SketchUp

Rendering inside SketchUp – which means adding lights, reflections, other material properties, skies and custom ground planes to create images of your SketchUp models is accomplished by adding a rendering Plugin or Extension to SketchUp.


This page gives you information on several SketchUp Rendering Plugins.


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IRender nXt

IRender nXt is the only Google SketchUp renderer you’ll ever need. This powerful plugin creates photorealistic renderings from right inside Google SketchUp. If you can draw it in SketchUp, you can render it with IRender nXt.

Ready for Rendering in SketchUp 2017 – and earlier versions

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Allura GPU

Allura GPU uses your graphics processor to create Photorealistic renderings quickly. User the power of your graphics card to speed up the rendering process. It’s made for designers who want to create beautifully rendered images without the hassle of complex settings.

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ArielVision is a SketchUp plugin that creates photorealistic renderings of your models, from right inside SketchUp. It’s made for designers who want to create beautifully rendered images without the hassle of complex settings.

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Raylectron has the ability to easily render 3D models made in Google SketchUp into a photo-realistic image.

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Shaderlight for SketchUp As an interactive, photorealistic renderer for Google SketchUp, Shaderlight is the only rendering partner you need for SketchUp. Whether for work or fun, Shaderlight provides choice of rendering modes and intuitive tools to optimise your workflow.

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Thea Render is the most versatile render solution, uniquely featuring multiple state-of-the-art biased and unbiased photo-realistic render engines.

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RENDERLights provides architects, visualization artists, designers and other professionals with a powerful virtual reality tool.

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Available in two versions: Render and Studio for both Windows and OS X, Caravaggio™adopts one o the most advanced unbiased physically correct rendering methods based on Heuristic Bidirectional Path Tracing engine.

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Maxwell for Google SketchUp is a dedicated render plugin that operates entirely within SketchUp- bringing high quality “real time” rendering to SketchUp users for free, or with a licensed version.

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LumenRT is e-on software’s revolutionary new product for the visualization of architectural projects in real-time 3D with accurately simulated lighting.

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Render[in] is a fully-integrated, real-time radiosity rendering engine developed for SketchUp Free and Pro.

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IDX Renditioner

IDX Renditioner allows you to take photorealistic rendering and lighting control to the next level.

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Indigo Renderer

Indigo Renderer simulates the physics of light to achieve photo-realistic renderings while keeping setup times and trial and error to a minimum.

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LightUp gives the ability to do realtime walkthrough of you model with lighting, all inside the Sketchup Window.

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SU Podium

SU Podium V2 is a Google SketchUp plug-in that creates photo-realistic rendered images of SketchUp models.

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V-Ray works within the SketchUp environment allowing users to be able to efficiently incorporate the task of rendering within their current workflows to visualize their models with the utmost quality and realism.

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Twilight Render

Twilight Render integrates seamlessly with Google SketchUp and leverages the ease of physically accurate Material Templates and lights.

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Bloom Unit

Bloom Unit lets you create photo-real scenes using the power of cloud computing.

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