Product design and architectural renderings can transform the presentation of your ideas. Discover how 3D renders are easy to create with V-Ray for SketchUp.
Render SketchUp designs with V-Ray Materials
So you’re designing a product — let’s take this chair, for example:
You’ve expertly modeled it in SketchUp and these viewport captures of the chair are a common schematic presentation that looks great and shows the functionality of your design. But what if you could easily add realistic materials to transform your presentation?
Here’s the same design shown with two material options — wood and plastic.
A render like the above right would take around one hour of set-up time with V-Ray materials and V-Ray lights. But the rewards of being able to share such a realistic-looking design with a client or buyer should far outweigh that set-up time.
And if you really want to show off your skills — or perhaps you’ve been asked to prepare a render for a furniture catalog — you can quickly and easily host your own photo session in SketchUp with the help of V-Ray Next. Add your chair — or multiple chairs — to a scene along with some background elements that showcase your design. Be sure to think about how the lighting will reflect off of and create shadows on and around your chair. And render!
Let’s imagine you’re asked to change the material. No problem! Simply update the materials and re-render. Different angle? You’ve got this. New background? Sure! You can become your own set designer and photographer with SketchUp and V-Ray. All it takes is a few clicks.
Architectural renderings can get a boost with V-Ray for SketchUp, too
Nowadays, it can be hard to tell the difference between photorealistic renders and real photographs. It’s completely acceptable for a customer to buy a product — or even a house — without seeing it in person. The renders we create at the design and marketing stages can help people make decisions on purchases well before a product is made or a house is even built.
If you’re working in architecture, the same workflow applies. Let’s take as an example the design of a client’s dream house in the woods. You’ve designed the perfect space that answers the client’s brief and you’re almost ready to share your concept.
Sharing your SketchUp model as a simple drawing with basic shadows, colors and materials might illustrate some of the qualities of your design. But because SketchUp’s basic lighting setup doesn’t process realistic lighting or reflections, it’s going to be hard for the client to really imagine themselves living in this house.
What if you could show your client a rendered vision of how the house might look in reality? We’ve designed V-Ray to work seamlessly in SketchUp to add physical light and materials to 3D models, designs and scenes to produce highly realistic visualizations.
Did you notice the haze effect — or more technically, the atmospheric volume/aerial perspective effect — in the V-Ray render above? That was enabled with just a single toggle in V-Ray for SketchUp. It’s that easy.
You can also go one step further and show your client how their dream home may look at night, and from different angles. One of V-Ray’s greatest strengths is its ability to render tens of thousands of physical light sources — from multiple natural and artificial light sources — in no time at all.
Could you imagine living here?
Feeling inspired? Try these 2 lighting tutorials
For expert tips on how to render day and night scenes using V-Ray for SketchUp, check out these helpful tutorials from the experts at Chaos: