Render Images From Sketchup

Render Images From SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a free, downloadable 3-D graphics modeling software. Use this program to create photorealistic items, structures and environments. You can also upload free community-created models into your work to construct anything you can imagine. However, SketchUp does not have built-in abilities to render and output your creation as a standard image such as .jpg or .png. You will need to download and install SketchUp plugins to render your work.

Instructions

IDX Renditioner Express Free

1. Download and install the IDX Renditioner Express Free version from the IDX website (see Resources). You will have limitations on how large an image you can render, but you can choose to upgrade to a full version any time.

2. Launch Google SketchUp. You should now see a new IDX toolbar located along the top bars of the program.

3. Click “File,” then “Open” to open an existing 3-D project.

4. Use the “Pan,” “Orbit” and “Zoom” controls to position your camera on the part of the image you would like to render.

5. Choose a version to render by clicking on one of the three red orb icons in the toolbar. The first, most faded orb is the “Preview Render” which will give the lowest quality image. The second orb is the “Standard Render,” which will give a medium-quality image. The third orb is the “Presentation Render,” which will give the highest quality image.

6. Allow IDX Renditioner to automatically launch the render process once you choose your quality. A new window will pop up and allow you to see the render progression.

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7. Click the “Save Rendering” button from the toolbar to save a rendered image of your 3-D creation.

SU Podium

8. Download and install the free version of SU Podium from the Podium website (see Resources). There are limitations on how large an image you can render, but you can choose to upgrade to a full version any time.

9. Launch Google SketchUp.

10. Click “File,” then “Open” to open an existing 3-D project.

11. Use the “Pan,” “Orbit” and “Zoom” controls to position your camera on the part of the image you would like to render.

12. Click “Plugins” from the top toolbar, then choose “Podium” and “Show.” This will open the Podium tool.

13. Click the arrow on the drop-down window to choose one of the render types you would like to use. You may want to experiment with each to see what they look like on a final rendered image.

14. Click the arrow button to launch the Podium options menu.

15. Click “Render Size” and choose the size you would like the image to render.

16. Click the “Render” button and allow Podium to complete the image render. The process will be displayed in the bottom right hand corner. You can also view the preview by placing a check in the “Preview” box.

17.Click “Save” to save the rendered image of your 3-D creation.

V-Ray

18. Download and install the V-Ray 30-day free trial from the website (see Resources). You will have to pay to use the full version of the program once the trial is over.

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19. Launch Google SketchUp. You should now see a new V-Ray tool bar.

20. Click “File,” then “Open” to open an existing 3-D project.

21. Use the “Pan,” “Orbit” and “Zoom” controls to position your camera on the part of the image you would like to render.

22. Click the blue cube icon on the V-Ray tool bar to create a render preview of your 3-D image. This will open in a new window.

23. Click the “Save” icon from the window to save a rendered image of your 3-D creation.