Glass Reflection Effect – SketchUp and V-Ray

By Jonathan Pagaduan Ignas

Let’s get a 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.

Here are a few easy steps to a glass reflection effect using Google SketchUp and V-Ray for SketchUp..let’s get started!

Step 1 - Import Image File

Step 2 - Place Image in Glass

Step 3 - Position Texture

Step 4 - Sample Texture with Dropper

Step 5 - Edit Texture

Step 6 - Default Glass Material

Step 7 - Emphasize Transparency

Final Rendered Image with Reflection

Hope you found this useful and thanks for reading.


Johnathan is based in San. Vicente, Victoria, Tarlac in the Philippines. His areas of expertise include architectural planning and designing, 3D modeling and 3D visualization. He is skilled in Photoshop, Autocad, SketchUp, V-Ray for SketchUp and Photoscape. You can see more of Jonathan’s work here on his website.

21 Responses to “Glass Reflection Effect – SketchUp and V-Ray”

  1. Leong on August 6th, 2011 5:53 am

    Thanks a lot , you do a great help ..

  2. ashfaq ismail on August 12th, 2011 9:53 am

    thanx -cool!

  3. Noeljarod on September 5th, 2011 11:03 pm

    Great!. thanks for the tutorial!
    The only bad thing that I found is the angle and the opacity of the image. I think that the image used as mateial should be more transparent, and the image perhaps should have another perspective point, the final render could look more realistic. Could you make an image trying this? I will appreciate it so much, cause i´m learning but right now I don´t have a computer to try by myself.

    Thanks again.

  4. json on November 5th, 2011 7:05 am

    thank u very much

  5. red on November 18th, 2011 6:04 am

    salamat sa tutorial na to….

  6. ching on January 19th, 2012 6:50 am

    I like your tutorials coz its very easy to follow, im just a beginner and i’ve learned a lot. Thank you

  7. Éllen on February 4th, 2012 9:43 pm

    Ótimo tutorial! Parabéns.

  8. Reem on May 5th, 2012 10:58 am

    Thank so much ! that was helpful 😀
    please I have a question ! in step (number 5) I don’t have Vray for sketch Up ! (But the vary is installed and I use it normally )
    please help ! thanxx again 🙂

  9. Ronald EM on June 24th, 2012 5:14 am

    Thanks a lot!! easy to get but with a great value tutorial… thanks again

  10. danangs on September 4th, 2012 4:21 am


  11. gun on September 20th, 2012 5:18 am

    Its great idea. you place an image as material in a glass model, then make its transparant. thanks for tricks.

  12. khizoul endaya on September 24th, 2012 6:06 pm

    in step number 5,i dont have an option for vray linked.

  13. iin on August 22nd, 2013 3:58 am

    Thank U Johnathan

  14. blender guy on January 8th, 2014 9:44 pm

    thanks a lot man ! i’m new to vray , great reflections !

  15. Julia on August 2nd, 2014 8:34 pm

    I also so not have an option for vray linked and when I render my image the glass image is never transparent. So frustrating!

  16. Mahdi_121 on September 4th, 2014 12:58 pm

    Thanks men for sharing your knowledge! Great work!

  17. ravikiran on January 11th, 2015 3:44 am

    hi ,
    thanks for your help on creating a glass material, but im not able to get the “vray for sketchup” drop down option when i right-click on the texture. plz help me on how to create a linked mtl.

    thank you

  18. roshana on March 1st, 2016 9:48 am

    not able to get the “vray for sketchup” drop down option when i right-click on the texture. plz help me on how to create a linked mtl.

  19. desain gambar rumah on April 6th, 2016 10:24 am

    Nice Tutorial.

  20. joe duans on May 17th, 2016 6:02 am

    hello there! Can you please help me with my problem? Whenever I use import, use as layer is not working because sketchup does not allow me to paste it. But import then use as image functions well. I really don’t know how to fix this problem.

  21. Parveen on December 11th, 2016 5:09 pm

    Great tutorial!! But when I render the glass is not transparent and I didn’t get drop down menu to create vray linked material. Please help

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