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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 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.
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Lighting your scene

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

Want to learn V-Ray tips & tricks before anyone else? Subscribe to YouTube-logo ChaosTV.

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.

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Introduction to series

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

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

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Populating your scene, pt.3: object scattering

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Populating your scene, pt.4: staging your interior

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

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Materials pt.1: working with generic materials

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Materials pt.2: working with Chaos Cosmos

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Tips on optimizing scene geometry

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

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Adding atmospheric & volumetric effects

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V-Ray Frame Buffer and post-processing

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Lighting pt.3: creating evening skies

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Lighting pt.4: evening exterior artificial lights

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Lighting pt.5: evening environment illumination

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Lighting pt.6: light mixing & compositing

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Daytime interior lighting & material techniques

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Camera settings for virtual photography

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Interior night scene lighting

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Enhance the quality & speed of your renders

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Creating and exporting animations

Tutorials


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Webinars

This series of webinars presents the features and updates in V-Ray for SketchUp's major versions.
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V-Ray 5 for SketchUp webinar

Join host Cory Holm for a 45-minute webinar and find out how V-Ray 5 for SketchUp can help you visualize designs and speed up your workflow. You’ll see how real-time rendering, lighting tools, and powerful post-processing features can help you create your best-ever work — even after you’ve rendered.

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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
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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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