V-ray training
SketchUp – Rendering with V-Ray training

2 days £please call

Key details

Key details

Learn to use the V-Ray renderer to create highly realistic 3D architectural and interior design scenes from your SketchUp models.

The V-Ray for SketchUp renderer provides a designer-friendly solution offering faster rendering, better lighting tools, and the ability to create and visualise complex scenes.

Our SketchUp – Rendering with V-Ray course teaches you how to use SketchUp in conjunction with V-Ray to create scenes incorporating features such as:

  • Lighting (daylight, sunlight and skylight).
  • Reflective surfaces.
  • Moving cameras.

This course is highly practical and hands-on; delegates carry out exercises throughout to practice the techniques taught.

SketchUp – Rendering with V-Ray 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) SketchUp – Rendering with V-Ray 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 – Rendering with V-Ray 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, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of V-Ray training. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following V-Ray training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their 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 and V-Ray version

Training can be based on any recent version of SketchUp Pro and V-Ray 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 V-Ray 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 V-Ray 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 V-Ray 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 possible using SketchUp in conjunction with V-Ray?


Intermediate Modelling techniques


Getting to understand V-Ray materials

What makes a good texture?

Where to find textures

How to edit textures

Limits to graphics and bitmaps

And how to manage your textures


Getting to know lighting

Adding lights and updating scenes

Using the different types of lights

Colour temperature and IES


Getting to understand V-Ray camera

Exposure and white point

Techniques for rapid setup


Rendering scenes

Digital output

Files and formats

Do’s and don’ts

Vary quality settings for faster scene creating
Control output quality and render speeds


2D to 3D

Modelling requirements for visualisation


Using follow me techniques

Using push pull techniques


More components

Choosing groups or components


Controlling V-Ray frame buffer

Saving 2D graphics out automatically

File types and properties when and where


V-Ray materials editor

Adding layers


Controlling shiny materials

Adding bumps and bitmaps


Discovering ambient occlusion


Advanced modelling techniques

Magic Box modelling techniques


Polygon modelling techniques


Projected UVW mapping

Adjusting mapping size


Adjusting mapping position

Locking mapping


Using Alpha channels

Preparing graphics with Alpha channels

Rendered output and Photoshop

Practical exercises from concept to render


Hardware requirements



Typical image quality from SketchUp ‘out of the box’:

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

The same model rendered using V-Ray:

SketchUp kitchen - photorealistic image generated using V-Ray renderer



“Absolutely the best way to learn the software you require! It's intensity is suited to your level and no question is a silly question! Would refer to anyone who is trying to achieve a higher skill in any software! Especially Vray for Sketchup & Photoshop! Thank you Rodney for your patience!”

Michaela B

“Had a great 2 days with Rodney - learnt so much, and I feel more confident using SketchUp and V-ray. Thank you very much.”

Jessica N

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