Night scene render with google sketchup

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Night scene with vray for Sketchup

Hello everybody, today we will render night scene with google sketchup and vray plugin.

First you need a simple lantern like below. You can draw it from circle with help of Pushh/Pull command


First of all you need to install and open vray toolbar.


Open Material Editor on toolbar that "M" letter icon.
so what the material is : think it like wallpaper you can cover something. except it contains some effects like transparency like plastic bags. some extra lightning like fluorescent lamps.


Older version of V-ray material editor looks like this: you can add new material by right clicking the "Scene materials" label (picture below)


Newer version of V-ray it looks like this picture below ( VRay for SketchUp 1.48.66) Both works with same idea. just right click the scene materials


After you create material, click the Diffuse for change surface color. You can see the results on sphere by clicking Preview.


To apply new material to the lantern: choose the glass section of lantern then right click the new material you just created, then choose apply material to selection.


Other versions of vray it named: apply material to objects.


We can now check out our scene: just click the R icon on toolbar, R for Render . ( Again, this is newer version of v-ray, look how icon colors differs )


Here is simple result:

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Scene looks good but we need night scene and light up that lantern.

First disable the sunlight: Open the "Window > Shadows" menu above, change the hour to "03:00" that means midnight


Lets fire that lantern:

Right click the material name and create "Emissive" layer. that give us fluorescent or neon lamp effect.


Now change the color and intensity of Emissive layer. I gave 100 to the intensity. (You can also change the light setting from Vray Options window, Change camera shutter between 100-300)


And you completed neon lamp.

But remember one last thing (damn, it took my 1 hour to resolve what, sketchup doesnt show face normals).
if you see black surface like picture below: right click the surface and say "Reverse faces"



Render complete. you made simple lamp. and so nice with v-ray plugin.


Completed sketchup scene: Download

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what is the difference between VRAY sketch up renderer and 3D max renderer? which is better?

19-10-2010 03:44

    render farm

    3d max render is faster. sketchup is easy to use,

    but its hard to control all the parameters in sketchup. like face normals. and cut (there is no simple cut in sketchup)

    I Love Sketchup
    22-10-2010 03:18


      which v ray do you prefer to learn first sketchup or max ...........if someone know about sketchup vray can he operate max vray....

      18-10-2014 13:21
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