SketchUp and V-Ray


SketchUp and V-Ray based tutorials (sometimes additional software depending on tutorial). Learn how to perfect your modeling with new post-processing skills, techniques and easy to follow step by step instructions provided by highly talented professional contributors.

Achieve Realistic TV Lighting in V-Ray for SketchUp & Photoshop by Benedict Caliwara

The purpose of this tutorial is to explore the different techniques in visualizing TV screens with light effects using V-Ray for SketchUp and Photoshop.

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How to Create your Own Materials in V-Ray 3.4 by Angie Soliman

In this tutorial you will create your own material to match your model, and you need to know exactly how to do so the right way,  so you don’t mess up your model or final render.

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Exterior Render Settings (V-Ray 3.4 for SketchUp) by Benedict Caliwara

In order to fully understand the possible render output in V-Ray for SketchUp, using various environment settings, I made a simple rendering experimentation that highlights different parameters or settings which generally affect the tonality and atmosphere of the rendered image output.

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Wrapper Material and Matte Shadow Tutorial by Benedict Caliwara

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to render this matte/shadow pass using V-Ray 3.4 for SketchUp.

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Day Scene V-Ray 3.4 for SketchUp by Thilina Liyanage

This is a tutorial for a day scene using V-Ray 3.4 for SketchUp, including material settings, light settings and render settings.


Making of Container House: SketchUp, V-Ray and Post-Production Tutorial by Benedict Caliwara

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to use Photoshop and Picasa for post-production. Post-production is important to all visualizers and deserves an in-depth study and analysis.

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Dusk Scene Tutorial – a commercial development by Bong Bernabe

In this tutorial, Senior Architect Bong Bernabe, shows us how to produce a nice dusk scene using his SketchUp model of a commercial property, V-Ray for SketchUp and finally some post processing in Photoshop.


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The Making of Apartment Interior by Virgo Oktaviano

Architect and designer, Virgo Oktaviano from Jakarta in Indonesia, shows how to layout and setup this interior apartment scene. He uses SketchUp and V-Ray for Sketchup with some final post processing in Photoshop to complete this stunning room.


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Making of 3 Storey House Exterior by Myren June 

Architectural designer  Myren June shows us his workflow and settings in this exterior render using SketchUp, V-Ray and Photoshop.


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Car Paint and Studio Setup – SketchUp and V-Ray by Majid Yeganegi

This tutorial is focused on ‘How create a car paint’ and a ‘Studio set up’ for car rendering using V-Ray for SketchUp.


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Interior Design of a Living Room by Mario Goleš

Mario Goleš is a very talented interior designer and 3D architectural visualizer, currently working and based in Zagreb, Croatia. He shares this detailed workflow in the production of an interior living room design. There is a lot of good solid information here with many tips to suit all levels of experience. This tutorial can only be described as the ‘How and Why’ of good rendering. Some working knowledge of SketchUp and V-Ray is needed to follow and understand this tutorial.


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Making of Old Town by Zernan Suarez

3D Vizualiser and Graphic designer Zernan Suarez has produced this tutorial for us, covering scene set-up, materials, both day and night renders and NPR. Software used includes SketchUp, V-Ray for SketchUp, Photoshop and the freeware filter software FotoSketcher. Included in this comprehensive tutorial are downloads to help you follow along if you wish.

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Making of Balcony Pool – day and night by Ricardo Cossoli

This tutorial is based on an outdoor day render (natural lighting) and a night time render (artificial lighting). The challenge I set myself was to assemble both different lighting scenes in the same model and configure all materials so they respond well in both cases (both day and night). I hope I’ve succeeded.

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Lighting with V-Ray for SketchUp – definitive guide part 3 by Nomer Adona

This tutorial is Nomer Adona’s third in his unique tutorial series, ‘Lighting with V-Ray for SketchUp’. This tutorial focuses on ‘Studio Lighting’. In this tutorial you will learn how to set up a simple studio scene, how a professional photographers set up their studio lighting and how to simulate this lighting using V-Ray rectangular and omni lights.

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Glass Reflection Effect – SketchUp and V-Ray by Jonathan Pagaduan Ignas

Let’s get that reflection onto your glass, for added realism. Architectural 2D to 3D visualizer and graphic artist Jonathan Pagaduan Ignas shows you how in this great little tutorial he has contributed to us here at SketchUpArtists.

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Lighting with V-Ray for SketchUp – definitive guide part 2by Nomer Adona

Part 2 of the definitive guide to lighting with V-Ray for SketchUp by Nomer Adona. Part 1 in this series can be found here. Nomer Adona continues his great collection of lighting tutorials to help you get to grips with and simplify this often complex process, with some easy solutions to this often frustrating and confusing aspect to rendering. In this guide Nomer checks out Emissve materials to help light your SketchUp models.

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Lighting with V-Ray for SketchUp – definitive guide part 1by Nomer Adona

Nomer Adona shows you how, with the basics, to create a realistic lampshade material and how to position the rectangular lights to achieve the right effect for your shade, using up to date releases of V-Ray for SketchUp. Its a must for those struggling with lighting and those who want to know how the experts do it. There will be more to come in this mini series of lighting tutorials.

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V-Ray for SketchUp – super crash course by Steven Man

This tutorial is a quick overview on Steven’s settings used in the render of a SketchUp model of an indoor swimming pool. Its not about modeling or materials but more about what Steven has learned from his experience with V-Ray for SketchUp.


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Basic IES Light Tutorial using V-Ray for SketchUp by Nomer Adona

Nomer produces another IES lighting tutorial showing the basic steps in using V-Ray for SketchUp 1.48.90 and future releases. Previously he had used 1.48.66 in his first IES tutorial, IES Light Tutorial using V-Ray for SketchUp. In this tutorial Nomer keeps it simple and gets you into the whole concept of using IES lighting quickly and effectively with the latest release of this SketchUp plug-in.


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Using HDRI in V-Ray for SketchUp by Nomer Adona

HDRI stands for High Dynamic Range Imaging. It is a technique that allows a larger span or range of luminance between the light and dark areas of an image. You can use image editing software to create HDRI images. In this tutorial I will not talk about how to create them but rather how to use them in V-Ray for SketchUp.


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IES Light Tutorial using V-Ray for SketchUp by Nomer Adona

The latest version of V-ray for SketchUp (ver. 1.48.66) has the new added feature of IES Lights and Spotlights. V-Ray works within the SketchUp environment allowing users to be able to efficiently incorporate the task of rendering within their current workflow. In this simple tutorial we are going to set up three basic pin lights.


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Making of a Classic Room by Ricardo Cossoli

The ‘Classic Room’ scene was fully modeled in Google SketchUp with the help of some free available plug-ins. It is a classic style room with details of moldings, illuminated with natural light from the scene and only the light support in the middle of the room is a resolved V-Ray emitting material.


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A Quick and Simple Render Technique by ‘Mr Wip’

While trying to evolve in the cruel world of virtual rendering, you may have seen many tutorials, all presenting super advanced master techniques, but you can’t  stop feeling that their starting point is always a bit above your current skills, and their goal far away from your current needs.

its all about tricks

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Making of Beauty Salon by Do Phu Hoang Nguyen – Phunguyen

In this V-Ray for SketchUp tutorial Do Phu Hoang Nguyen covers the use of materials and light to create this interior lighted Beauty Salon image.


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The Making of Bahamas by Nguyen Tran Huy Vu

In this tutorial we are featuring “The making of the Bahamas Villa”. A competition work by an architectural student from Vietnam, Nguyen Tran Huy Vu. In his tutorial he demonstrates the basics of SketchUp to 3DS Max & V-Ray workflow.


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29 Responses to “SketchUp and V-Ray”

  1. nguyencuong on January 15th, 2011 2:24 pm

    I do not use vray, because too weak configurations, is there a way to overcome it?

  2. NGUYENCUONG3D on January 30th, 2011 11:48 am

    Có thể cho xin một phần mềm vray for sketchup + key và những chất liệu để render cho tốt
    rất cảm ơn

  3. Ahmed Radwan on July 31st, 2011 3:02 am

    i got a strange error appears to me when i press the render botton on Sketchup 8 pro..
    i need help please

  4. James on September 7th, 2011 7:05 am

    Ahmed Radwan on July 31st, 2011 3:02 am
    i got a strange error appears to me when i press the render botton on Sketchup 8 pro.. i need help please


  5. Anand Sharma on October 10th, 2011 8:13 am

    i need help please for llight interior & exterior

  6. Alireza on October 24th, 2011 11:50 am

    Tanx , for All tutorial … very good frends

  7. Long on November 1st, 2011 6:57 am

    very good tutorial,i like it,i have a question,i want to create bedroom lamp light so i don’t know how to create,could you please teach me about this?

  8. zuezue on December 22nd, 2011 12:15 pm

    i need help please for light interior & exterior in sketchup8 pro

  9. Ali on January 28th, 2012 11:57 pm

    in the first tutorial of interior lighting, you recommend to turn off the Physical camera, so I did it, but when I Uncheck it, my render becomes totally white, what shoud I do? any extra setting for enviroment GI, or leave it as “texsky”, or Uncheck it?!

  10. KYI on March 31st, 2012 1:59 am

    Amazing . I like very much but I can’t draw this. How to learn this freely.

  11. marzia on June 1st, 2012 5:41 pm


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  13. MARLON on November 9th, 2012 12:35 am

    how can i down load sketchup vray artist

  14. admin on November 13th, 2012 6:56 pm
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  16. kabeer ahamed on April 2nd, 2014 3:59 pm

    i want perfect exterior setting for vray sketchup.

  17. sushant gupta on June 23rd, 2014 5:16 pm

    plz help me out in rendering interior bedroom, drawing rooms with light features….

  18. sushant gupta on June 23rd, 2014 5:19 pm

    sir plz help me out in rendering techniques with indoor lighting….

  19. Jess on July 4th, 2014 9:46 am

    For the love of god, can someone tell me how
    to export a sketchup image (not using v-ray render) but still having a v-ray camera warp (i.e. fisheye or warped spherical) distorting the sketchup image??

  20. mohsen aghsam on May 1st, 2016 9:36 am

    nice work thanks

  21. Sourove Chhetri on June 1st, 2016 6:39 am

    sir plz help me out in materials editing techniques of wood with render

  22. viji on December 22nd, 2016 6:31 am

    i doing new design

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    thank you

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  27. Stefan Kaertner on June 14th, 2018 9:14 am

    V-Ray is still the number one choice for designers and our go to when providing 3D Rendering Services.

  28. Nay Myo Aung on February 7th, 2019 8:49 am

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