SketchUp training
SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp training

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Key details

Key details

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.

Expert trainers

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.

SketchUp version

Training can be based on any recent version of SketchUp Pro and the LightUp plugin to suit you, running on Windows or Mac.

General information

General information

Course times

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.


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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

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Course content

Course content

What is LightUp 3D interactive?


How to get around inside LightUp

Move, pan and rotate

Understanding the XYZ axis


LightUp toolbars

Standard preferences

Ambient occlusion

Speed and mouse control


Adding lights

Adjusting lights

Editing light profile

Adding IES light profiles


The Tour tool

What makes improved results

Time investments and benefits


Textures from SketchUp

Tweaking existing textures

Adding bitmaps

Adding reflections


Making components that remember

Creating a digital warehouse

Database benefits


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

Positioning 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

Time savings

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’:

SketchUp kitchen - image generated using SketchUp's built-in renderer

The same model rendered using LightUp:

SketchUp kitchen - photorealistic image generated using LightUp renderer


“Another brilliant course, leaving feeling confident and looking forward to applying all I have learnt outside of the training. Thanks again to Rod!”

Steph P

“A very well equipped training centre, 2 days training was completed with Rod again at Milton Keynes. A very enjoyable and professional 2 days training where we learnt everything we came to learn. We were even able to use our own sample to amend which helped us streamline certain points to our industry.”

Gary F

If you’re self-funding your training, you can now pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.