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Getting started with V-Ray for SketchUp.

Your go-to source to achieve the best rendering results in SketchUp.

Ready to learn how to render in SketchUp? V-Ray’s got you covered.

Get your SketchUp rendering software skills up and running with these essential learning resources. Enjoy a host of official V-Ray video tutorials, free scenes, and documentation — and start creating amazing architectural renders and animations in no time.

Installing V-Ray for SketchUp

To get started you'll need to download and install the V-Ray extension for SketchUp. It's important to confirm that your system meets the recommended system requirements before proceeding with the installation.

New to V-Ray for SketchUp?

Start with a series of beginner-friendly tutorials that will help you get familiar with the software and master the basics of creating photorealistic SketchUp renders today. 

Getting started

Get familiar with the V-Ray for SketchUp user interface and main functionalities, and learn the best render settings to get up and running.

Working with materials

Learn the essential steps when applying V-Ray materials to your SketchUp scene. Shade your scene with ready-to-use materials from Chaos Cosmos or build one from scratch.

Lighting your scene

Learn how to add realistic sunlight and artificial lights to your scene with V-Ray for SketchUp.

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Visualizing an architectural project in SketchUp from start to finish

In this video tutorial series, Boyan Petrov, 3D artist at Chaos, demonstrates the essential steps to create stunning photorealistic renders and animations for your SketchUp projects with V-Ray. All scenes and assets are available for download to help you practice.

Join him and learn valuable tips to get the best rendering experience in SketchUp.


Introduction to series


Populating your scene, pt.1: placing Chaos Cosmos assets


Populating your scene, pt.2: iterating with V-Ray Vision


Populating your scene, pt.3: object scattering


Populating your scene, pt.4: staging your interior


Lighting, pt.1: using the Sun and Sky system


Materials pt.1: working with generic materials


Materials pt.2: working with Chaos Cosmos


Tips on optimizing scene geometry


Lighting pt.2: finding the best light with Light Gen


Adding atmospheric & volumetric effects


V-Ray Frame Buffer and post-processing


Lighting pt.3: creating evening skies


Lighting pt.4: evening exterior artificial lights


Lighting pt.5: evening environment illumination


Lighting pt.6: light mixing & compositing


Daytime interior lighting & material techniques


Camera settings for virtual photography


Interior night scene lighting


Enhance the quality & speed of your renders


Creating and exporting animations


Unlock the power of V-Ray for SketchUp. In this series, you can watch short video tutorials demonstrating how to make the most of the latest and greatest features.

Bring Enscape scenes inside V-Ray

Learn how to take real-time Enscape projects to V-Ray 6. V-Ray reads Enscape materials, lights, and compatible assets, and allows you to build on your work by fine-tuning components or substituting them with hi-res equivalents.

Get started with Chaos Vantage

Take your design to the next level with Chaos Vantage. The new live link takes even your most complex scenes to pure ray-traced real-time with zero setup. Navigate and interact with your model’s true lighting and materials, and create animations and images with ease.

Import and manage Chaos Cosmos 3D models

Learn how easy it is to stage your scene with Chaos Cosmos assets. Render them as they are or customize their materials to suit your project. You’ll also learn tips about the optimal way to share Cosmos-rich scenes with your colleagues.

Apply Chaos Cosmos materials in your scene

Chaos’ curated collection of render-ready V-Ray content adds a new category — materials. Make use of an extensive range of tiles, wooden floors, brick walls, and more. Use the Cosmos materials out-of-the-box or customize their color, bump, gloss, and more.

Refine texture placement with Distance texture

Learn how to improve the precision of material and procedural effect placement using the V-Ray Distance texture. Control the spread depending on the proximity to desired objects in your composition.

Use custom HDRI libraries in Light Gen

Use your bank of HDRIs to light your scenes with Light Gen. Pick your favorite skies and light your designs in seconds. Creating different lighting scenarios has never been easier.

Customize the sky with procedural clouds

Learn how to add the right clouds for your scene using the procedural clouds in V-Ray Sun & Sky system. Control their type, variety, density, and height, and animate beautiful timelapses for your sun studies.

Build realistic terrain with Scatter

Use the new scattering tool to quickly and easily add extensive entourage. Add hundreds, thousands, or even millions of Chaos Cosmos models and objects to any surface without encumbering SketchUp or Vision. Control their density, size, and orientation and create realistic terrain for your exterior scenes.

Create complex patterns with V-Ray Enmesh

Learn the power and ease-of-use of V-Ray Enmesh — the perfect tool when you need to create tiled geometric patterns. Fabrics, fences, and panels are simple to make and customize at no extra memory cost.

How to work with V-Ray Decal

With V-Ray Decal, you can add realistic detail to any surface material. Stack them upon one another, project them over multiple scene objects, and invest time in creativity, not additional UVW work.


This series of webinars presents the features and updates in V-Ray for SketchUp's major versions.
Getting started with V-Ray for SketchUp

Watch this webinar recording on architectural rendering using V-Ray for SketchUp, and discover the secrets to creating stunning, realistic visualizations.
Whether you're an aspiring visualization specialist, an established architect or designer, or just a curious creative, this webinar is your gateway to transforming your SketchUp models into breathtaking, realistic visualizations.

V-Ray 6 for SketchUp - render everything

Join Boyan from the Chaos 3D team as he showcases some of the powerful new features and demonstrates how they can help you streamline your workflow and create faster than ever before. You will learn how you can save time and assure seamless end-to-end design process with the Enscape to V-Ray compatibility, how to create beautiful skies with less effort and how to build complex geometric patterns for materials with ease and much more.


Free scenes

These free scenes will give you a head start learning V-Ray for SketchUp. Each scene includes complete assets and renders. You can also use them to follow along with our tutorials.

Get scenes

Help docs

The Chaos documentation site is the best place to find in-depth technical descriptions of V-Ray features and their parameters, as well as useful visual demonstrations of the settings in action.

See help docs

Need more inspiration?

The official Chaos blog is the best place to find all the latest V-Ray for SketchUp news, customer stories, product updates, podcasts, and much more.
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