SketchUp training
SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp training

2 days
In centre:
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Live online:
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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 arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. We can provide your training in-class at one of our centres, at your venue, or online.

Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

In lockdown or been furloughed?

You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.

Been furloughed? You can still participate in training without this affecting your furloughed status, as confirmed on gov.uk.

Subject to Government guidance, we plan to recommence in-class courses late June, applying social distancing measures – fewer people per class, you won’t sit next to another person.

Expert trainer

V-Ray training is hosted by Rod Cleasby, a highly-experienced instructor with vast professional experience of using SketchUp, LightUp and other renderers professionally.

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.

Prerequisites

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 as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.

Payment

Payment for LightUp training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.

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

For further details, see training course payment options.

Accommodation

See Accommodation local to our training centres.

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.

 

Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Rod Cleasby

Rod Cleasby Autodesk Certified Instructor

Rod has over 25 years’ experience working as a designer, visualisation expert and artist. His specialist areas include architecture, interior design and the production of photorealistic 3d virtual environments. 

AutoCAD, 3ds Max and SketchUp have been the mainstay of Rod’s professional work for 20 years. He is also an expert in various related tools and technologies, including Photoshop, and he has expert knowledge of a wide range of renderers, including V-Ray, ART, Arnold and LightUp.

Rod has extensive experience training experience. He has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster on their Computer Visualisation course, and he is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor.

Away from his professional work, Rod is an accomplished artist and musician, and a prolific writer of novels, novella, poetry and prose.

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

 

Animation

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

Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a LightUp course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer and other delegates participating in the LightUp training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp courses are presented by expert instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using LightUp.
  • If you don’t have access to LightUp software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.

All you need is an internet-connected computer – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.

 

Example

Example

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

 

Testimonials
“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