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

In-class or online

This course is available in-class at eight centres or live online.

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.


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 for LightUp training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

Purchase orders

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


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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.


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



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

Online training lets you participate in a live 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 the other delegates participating in the course…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in LightUp.
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.

Like our in-class courses, online SketchUp – Rendering with LightUp courses…

  • Are presented by expert instructors.
  • Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using LightUp.
  • Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…

If there’s anything you’re not sure about we’ll do our best to help you. We won’t, however, be able to assist with your LightUp installation.

We provide everything else…

  • Links to download the files, resources, etc. you’ll use in your course.
  • A training guide. For most courses, you can choose from a printed copy that we post to you, or a PDF.

In the week before your course, we’ll send you an email containing everything you need to prepare for and participate in the training. Then, a couple of days before your course, we’ll give you a courtesy call to make sure you have everything in place and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that we are not able to record scheduled online courses for privacy reasons.

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




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


“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

“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