V-Ray for SketchUp

V-Ray for SketchUp


V-Ray for SketchUp

V-Ray Next for SketchUp is now shipping - offering a brand new rendering experience.  

V-Ray Next for SketchUp has been redesigned from the ground up. The new user interface is clean and simple. With quick presets and streamlined controls, you can focus on being creative, without worrying about the technical stuff. Now, it's faster and easier than ever to create great looking renders right in SketchUp.

Widely used by architectural and interior visualisers worldwide to create incredible photorealistic visuals, V-Ray for SketchUp is known for its remarkably smooth global illumination, physically accurate materials and for its fast rendering speed.

  • Easy to learn, easy to use. V-Ray for SketchUp is designed to get you up and running in no time
  • V-Ray lets you create the highest quality renders possible – directly in SketchUp
  • V-Ray gives you the power to render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes
  • Render fast, design faster. V-Ray for SketchUp lets you spend more time being creative and less time waiting
  • Focus on design, with a full suite of creative tools for lighting, shading, and rendering
  • Use the industry standard: 92 of the top 100 architecture firms in the world render with V-Ray every day

Whilst V-Ray for SketchUp is a relatively complex product with numerous controls and settings, setting up a render scene is extremely simple thanks to the Presets for exposure, quality and scene type. The free V-Ray Express module makes things even simpler with a collection of materials, backdrops, studio lights and image based lighting.

V-Ray works inside SketchUp as a true plug-in and there is no need to to export data. Geometry changes made in SketchUp are reflected immediately in V-Ray. Images can be created using either V-Ray RT or the V-Ray Production Renderer.

V-Ray RT allows for images to render constantly in real time, changes to lighting, materials, geometry and camera update immediately. RT can be configured to use either CPU, GPU Open CL or GPU Nvidia CUDA so that the performance can be optimised to a specific workstation set up.

V-Ray Next for SketchUp is compatible with

  • SketchUp 2016
  • SketchUp 2017
  • SketchUp 2018
  • SketchUp 2019


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Chaos Group are the developers of V-Ray, visit their site here.


Key Features

V-Ray for SketchUp Key Features 

V-Ray Next for SketchUp has been completely overhauled and improved to make it the most capable and effective renderer available for SketchUp.

V-Ray is used by visualising professionals worldwide and is the leading rendering solution for other platforms such as 3DS Max, Maya and Rhino. Now the full power of V-Ray is available for SketchUp.

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Twin-engine performance - V-Ray includes two powerful rendering engines. With CPU or GPU acceleration, you can use the best engine for your project and hardware.

Interactive rendering - Render interactively while you design. Fine-tune lights and materials and see the results right away.


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Global illumination - Render photorealistic rooms and interiors with V-Ray’s powerful and fast global illumination.

Accurate lights - Render natural and artificial lighting using a wide range of built-in light types.


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Environment lighting - Light your scenes using a single high-dynamic-range image (HDRI) of its environment.

Physical sun & sky - Simulate realistic daylight for any time and any location.


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Real-world cameras - Work like a photographer, with controls for exposure, white balance, depth of field and more.

Physical materials - Create great looking materials that look exactly like the real thing.


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Advanced textures - Create realistic and unique materials using any texture map or one of V-Ray’s many built-in procedural textures.

Proxy objects - Bring more detail to your project with memory-efficient proxy models of complex objects like grass, trees, cars and more.


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Render elements - Render your scene as separate passes for more artistic control in your image-editing software.

Frame buffer - Track render history and fine-tune color, exposure, and more directly in V-Ray’s frame buffer.


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Network rendering - Use the full computing power of your network to render single or multiple images all at once.

V-Ray Scene export - Share complete, ready-to-render V-Ray for SketchUp files with any V-Ray 3.4 or higher application.


Technical Details

Technical Details / System Requirements

 V-Ray for SketchUp is a plug-in for SketchUp.  It will take advantage and make use of all processing cores on the host workstation.

Basic Specification Requirements


  • 1 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB or more recommended
  • 16 GB of total hard disk space
  • 300 MB of available disk space



  • 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor. Power PC is not supported
  • 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB or more recommended
  • 300 MB of available disk space


Supported platforms

  • SketchUp 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (64-bit versions only)
  • Windows 7 (64-bit versions only)
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit versions only)
  • Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Mac OS X 10.9.x and up


Virtualization systems such as VMWare and Parallels are not recommended.

The use of imaged machines is not recommended due to the fact that the licensing is hardware dependent.


What’s New

What’s New in V-Ray Next for SketchUp

  • Deep SketchUp Connection - Enjoy a natural, steamlined design workflow that leaves more room for creativity
    • V-Ray Scene Importer
    • New toolbar
    • Improved Batch Rendering
    • Scene Interaction tool
    • Customizable viewport styles
  • Powerful Asset Management
    • Asset Library Management
    • Asset Outliner
    • Texture Instancing
    • Multi-selection
    • Universal Asset preview
    • Intuitive asset creation
    • Material ID & MultiMatte Render Elements
    • UI display levels
  • New Materials and Textures
    • Material Metallnes
    • Curve Colour Correction
  • Efficient Render Controls
    • Customer output resolution
    • Intuitive camera UI
    • Redesigned render settings UI
  • Scene Intelligence
    • Adaptive Dome Light
    • New Lighting analysis tools
    • Automatic Exposure and White balance
  • Faster Rendering
    • Modernized shaders
    • Render speed - Render 2 x Faster
    • Twice as fast V-Ray GPU
  • AI Denoiser
    • Denoising with AI
    • Denoised Render Elements


You can view the Chaos Group PDF document detailing all the new features within V-Ray Next for SketchUp here.




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