Chapter 5 – Rendering in SketchUp

This chapter introduces methods for creating photorealistic renderings of SketchUp models and using them for highly polished presentation images. It covers how to create a rendering workflow, gives an overview of rendering methods, and presents techniques for setting up the rendering environment, lights, and materials.

SketchUp Models In This Chapter:

Below are two of the models that you can explore interactively in your browser (click and drag to orbit):

View and download all models from this chapter on the 3D Warehouse.

Links In This Chapter:

Updated links will be listed here:

Sample Videos From This Chapter:

You can access all Chapter 5 videos using the password from the book on Wiley’s companion site:

All Chapter 5 videos:

  • 0501: Layered styles explained
  • 0502: Intro to rendering software (included here)
  • 0503: Rendering with Kerkythea (included here)
  • 0504: Improving rendering materials (with Twilight)
  • 0505: Spot and IES lights (with Twilight)
  • 0506: Making a rendering presentable in Photoshop

Next Steps:

Discuss Your Work:

You can discuss rendering with SketchUp with me and other users on this site in the following group:

Rendering Group

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5 responses to Chapter 5 – Rendering in SketchUp

  1. I noticed that our rendering programs was not on your list!

    New release Raylectron version 3, Sketchup Rendering program.
    Raylectron v3 Intro:
    Tutorial site:


  2. The Kerkythea site is occasionally down. If that happens, check out their forum:

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