SketchUp is a three dimensional (3D) modelling program created for architects, engineers, game developers and other professionals. SketchUp is a free program and was designed to be much easier to use than other computer-aided design (CAD) programs such as Autodesk. SketchUp was created by @Last Software, which was purchased by Google, and is available to download. Once you create a three-dimensional model in SketchUp you can render it (generate an image of it) by means of plug-ins within SketchUp.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Rendering plug-in (IRender nXt)
Download and update to the most recent version of SketchUp. Close all other programs on your computer.
Open your web browser and navigate to the SketchUp plug-ins website. Navigate to "Photorealistic Rendering."
Choose the plug-in you wish to use based on the author and platform you are using. Click on the name of the plug-in to gather more information on the rendering software so you can make the best choice based on your needs. IRender nXt is a good choice.
Download a plug-in, such as IRender nXt, and follow the on-screen steps to install it. The plug-in should now be available within SketchUp to render models you have created.
Select a model to render within SketchUp. Select IRender nXt Load from the SketchUp plug-ins menu. Click the Render icon (a green circle). The Rendering Settings dialogue will pop up.
Choose the "High Dynamic" lighting settings for your rendering. Click "Start Rendering" to render your first image. Explore the software further and adjust settings to produce the rendering you want.
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