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.
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.
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
Find out how to make the most of V-Ray’s lightweight viewer in your everyday work. Navigate your scenes like a game. Set up exposure and temporal anti-aliasing for best visual fidelity. Visualize Chaos Cosmos assets without overloading your hardware. Quickly and easily export animations.
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.
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.
Learn how easy it is to generate lighting variations and find the best setup for your scene. Use V-Ray’s Sun & Sky system or employ HDRIs for image-based lighting. Set the number of variants, save light sets, and reuse them in other projects.
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.
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.
Discover how to quickly and easily create renders in bulk for projects big and small. Plus, you’ll learn a neat trick to create low-cost preview renders by controlling your credit limit on Chaos Cloud Rendering.
This series of webinars presents the features and updates in V-Ray for SketchUp's major versions.
Join Chaos' Konstantin Gaytandziev, V-Ray for SketchUp product manager, to find out how V-Ray 5 can support you throughout your workflow. Watch as we build the exterior for a residential area and discuss techniques to speed up any project development phase — from initial concepts to light studies and final renders.
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.
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.