SketchUp is a 3D modelling application made by Google. It has many features you would expect to, or hope to, find in a professional level application. However, one thing that it lacks is an effective render engine capable of producing realistic images based on the models you make in the program. Fortunately, several plug-ins have been made for SketchUp that can be used for this purpose. One of the best known and most powerful of these is V-Ray. Once you have installed the plug-in, you can use its functions to produce amazing renders.
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Go to the V-Ray toolbar at the top of the screen, and click on the "Render Options" button. In the dialogue that appears, click on "Global Switches" tab. Go under "Lighting" and turn off "Default Lighting." Also turn off "Hidden Lights."
Click on the "Environment Tab" located on the left in the main view. Next to the Skylight, change the amount to "1." Click on the "M" next to this. In the dialogue, change the "Type" to "Sky" and click "Apply."
Click on the "M" next to Background. In the dialogue, change the "Type" to "Sky," and click "Apply."
Click on the "Camera" tab. In the Physical Camera section, click on the "On" check box. Set the Film Speed to 100.
Click on the "Output" tab. Then either click on one of the size presets or type in the width and height you want for the render.
Go back to the V-Ray toolbar, and click on the "V-Ray Infinite Plane" button. Place the plane on the ground with the mouse. Right-click on it, and choose "Reverse Face."
Click on "Render." Save your work.
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