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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Using Alpha channels
Preparing graphics with Alpha channels
Rendered output and Photoshop
Practical exercises from concept to render
Typical image quality from SketchUp ‘out of the box’:
The same model rendered using V-Ray: