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

2 days
In centre:
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Live online:
£please call

Key details

Key details

V-Ray training, teaching techniques for creating photo-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.

SketchUp – Rendering with V-Ray 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.

Windows or Mac

V-Ray works almost identically on the Windows and Mac platforms.

Our centres offer both Windows and Mac computers for delegates to use, so you can choose to carry out exercises on the platform you’re familiar with.

Expert trainer

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

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive an e-certificate confirming successful completion of V-Ray training.

Because of the bespoke nature of this course, there isn’t an appropriate training guide. We recommend delegates make their own notes.

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 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 V-Ray 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.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

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.


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 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

Live online training

Live online training

Online training lets you participate in a live V-Ray 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 V-Ray.
  • 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 V-Ray courses…

  • Are presented by expert instructors.
  • Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using V-Ray.
  • 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 V-Ray 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 V-Ray:

SketchUp kitchen - photorealistic image generated using V-Ray renderer



“Rodwas very knowledgeable, with the course covering a lot of content in the days we had with him. Though quite intensive, it allowed us to get the most from our training, we all left feeling we could now apply our learning to our jobs and improve the way we visualise.

Stewart P

“Excellent course which was fantastic. Got loads out of it. Fab trainer. Thank you. Will be back once I've had some time to practice.”

Claire M

“I had a great two days studying and learning about VRAY for sketch up, I have learnt quite a lot the last two days which will strongly help me in my job as I feel I have gained extra knowledge in the field i am working in. I can definitely recommend doing this course, Rodney was also very clear and and helpful in his teaching.”

Georgia H

“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

“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