SketchUp Rendering

Real-Time Render Plugin for SketchUp

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Creating a SketchUp Render is Easy with Enscape

Enscape is a SketchUp real-time render plugin that empowers you to create beautiful, realistic renderings in a matter of seconds, all from within your favorite modeling software. 

Used by architects, designers, and the wider AEC industry, Enscape plugs directly into SketchUp, so you can create a SketchUp rendering and even explore your design in virtual reality, without the need to switch to another tool or export or import any files.

Already used by 85 out of the top 100 architectural firms, Enscape is helping SketchUp users to not only create realistic renderings, but to also improve their design process, accelerate decision-making, and communicate and collaborate more effectively with clients and stakeholders. 

Why Use Enscape for SketchUp?

The Enscape SketchUp render plugin provides you with the ability to render, walkthrough, flythrough, create animations, and virtually experience your model in 3D with incredible simplicity. 

It’s easy to export your model and allow others to review your design, with the help of 3D panoramas, QR codes, and web links – helping you to present your ideas and communicate your design in whatever format works best for you and your audience. 

Using Enscape as your SketchUp renderer can help you bring your visualizations to life since Enscape comes with a built-in asset library with over 1,900 high-quality assets, a materials editor and lighting options for SketchUp.

It’s also important to mention Enscape’s commitment to innovation and our customers‘ success, as we continually work to evolve the product with every new release, and provide best-in-class customer support – we’re here to help you get the most out of using Enscape 3D for SketchUp. 

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How to Create a SketchUp Rendering in Enscape

Using Enscape for SketchUp rendering provides you with an instant photorealistic snapshot of your 3D model.  

Once installed, Enscape will appear in SketchUp under the ‘Extensions’ tab on the menu bar. You can choose to either access the Enscape functions via this dropdown menu, or by activating the Enscape toolbar 

With installation complete and your SketchUp project file open, it’s now possible to view your project in Enscape by clicking on the “Start Enscape” buttonWith the Enscape window open, you can instantly see any changes that you make to your SketchUp model. 

To create a SketchUp rendering, click on the “Take Screenshot” or “Batch Rendering” button within the ‘Extensions’ tab, or the Enscape Capturing toolbar. It’s possible to batch render multiple views at the same time. You also have the option to adjust your image resolution size using one of the presets in the Enscape Visual Settings, or by choosing your own size up to 8192 x 8192px.  

Visit our Knowledge Base for more information on creating a render in Enscape for SketchUp.

SketchUp Rendering Top Tips

For great quality SketchUp rendering results, here are some best practices to follow: 

  • Add light sources to your model to brighten up your project. From SketchUp, go to Extension-> Enscape -> Enscape Objects. 
  • Keep your model clean by taking out extra geometry and materials, since the lighter your model is, the better it will perform in both SketchUp and Enscape. 
  • Use renderable proxies within your SketchUp model, such as vegetation, and Enscape will transform them into high-polygon, detailed objects that look very realistic. 
  • Use Enscape’s roughness map settings to adjust the roughness of your materials and create realistic-looking surfacessuch as crisp reflections and matt surfaces. 

For more SketchUp rendering top tipsvisit the Enscape Knowledge Base. 

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