Learn to use the LightUp plugin to create the features you require in your SketchUp scenes, including lighting, reflective surfaces and moving cameras.
The LightUp plugin lets you create highly realistic 3D architectural and interior design scenes in SketchUp. It provides fast and simple real-time rendering within the SketchUp window, plus an interactive model you can share with your own customers.
Our SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp course teaches you the fundamentals you need to start using LightUp.
SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) LightUp courses. We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK. Please contact us for a quote.
The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the type of visualisations you’re going to produce.
SketchUp courses are hosted by experts in 3D design, CGI and the production of visualisations and rendered images. They have been providing training in SketchUp and similar applications to industry for over 20 years.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for SketchUp, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of SketchUp training. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following SketchUp training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their SketchUp trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of SketchUp, i.e. have attended our Introduction to SketchUp course or have equivalent knowledge.
Training can be based on any recent version of SketchUp Pro and the LightUp plugin to suit you, running on Windows or Mac.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for LightUp training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
What is LightUp 3D interactive?
How to get around inside LightUp
Move, pan and rotate
Understanding the XYZ axis
Speed and mouse control
Editing light profile
Adding IES light profiles
The Tour tool
What makes improved results
Time investments and benefits
Textures from SketchUp
Tweaking existing textures
Making components that remember
Creating a digital warehouse
Modelling techniques for LightUp
Paint Bucket and Materials Editor
Textures and bitmaps
What makes a good texture?
Where to find textures
How to edit textures
Limits to graphics and bitmaps
Controlling transition speed and delays
Tabs and updates
Create new scenes
Create new styles
Saving new styles
Exporting 2D images
Exporting Alpha channels
Exporting the interactive model
Downloading and installing the plugin
Starting the interactive model
Navigation and touring the cameras
LightUp on iPad
Typical image quality from SketchUp ‘out of the box’:
The same model rendered using LightUp: