Monday, August 24, 2015

Water Features in SketchUp

Water Features can be used to give your material (with or without textures) a look and feel which emulates water.This short 10 second video demonstrates the advantages of using Water Features.

Short sample of Water Feature effects

Water Features Overview

This longer 90 second video shows how to define Water Effects in your SketchUp model.

Water Features Tutorial

See also: Water Features

Friday, July 24, 2015

Rendering of the Month - July 2015

cave13 by Ivo vVordavov


We liked this rendering because of the application of textures, reflections, and natural lighting make this a memorable rendering.

Notice, for example, that every modeled surface has an applied material and these materials are properly scaled, are textured appropriately, and the reflection on the floor is particularly convincing.

And the lighting from sunlight entering through the arched door is especially effective.


More Renderings of the  month...

Add Reflections to SketchUp Models

During this webinar you will learn to assign reflections to Sketchup models to enhance rendering realism. You will see examples of reflection options to learn how to create renderings of materials that appear more realistic, enhancing your presentation images.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gallery Images

Russell has selected some great, new renderings submitted by our users for inclusion in our image gallery. Take a look.

Image Gallery

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

nXtRender for BricsCAD

If you have been using BricsCAD 3D features and want to create PhotoRealistic Renderings, check out nXtRender for BricsCAD. We have ported our powerful, nXt engine to BricsCAD.

Assembly Modeling

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Special ArielVision pricing for Mozaik Kitchen Software users

If you use Mozaik Software for your kitchen design, then you can use ArielVision for you renderings for less than 1/2 price. 

Mozaik Software is offering a one-time opportunity for Mozaik Customers to purchase the ArielVision for Sketchup plugin for a special price.  This is not a monthly subscription, it’s a onetime plugin fee. 
Click the Mozaik Gallery on their website to see the quality of renderings you can create using this very simple plugin.  If you are interested, your order must be received by 6/4/2015 to receive the discount.  The order form will be uploaded to the Mozaik Forum  or you can send a request to

Monday, June 1, 2015

Rendering of the Month - June 2015

Home Rendering, New York by Richard Russ

Richard was kind enough to share some of his thoughts with us:

This image is actually a model I created for a home builder here in NY. This is one of 8 homes I rendered for them over the last 12 months.

Model was created in Sketchup and rendered with your Render Plus software. This particular model needed to show the proposed sloped site and lower entry garage.

The sandbox and drape tools in SU played an important part of the models success. Using the HDRI background and IRender nXt ready shrubs and trees helped to bring the model to life.

I always find setting the correct sun angle, intensity and time of day to be the key to a believable model. The needs to be a difference between shade and shadow to look natural.

Casting shadows on the foreground give the model depth as well as the proper layering of elements in the render. Slight adjustments to the brightness and color saturation are done right in the NXT render tools.

I particularly like that the rendering properties of each surface / element can be set while working in the SU model making moving between the model and the render seamless.

No other post-processing was used.

This and other rendered models are stored on my YOUTUBE channel Intelliframer Videos

Submit your renderings

If you have renderings created with IRender nXt which you would like us to consider for future "Rendering to the Month" selection, post them to our gallery:
Select the 'Add Image' tab in the upper right to upload an image.