Monday, July 16, 2018

Background Modification in Sketchup

Here are the tips on how to change the background in SketchUp (not for render).
Usually when we want to present our SketchUp drawing to our client, it’s only a sky, isn't it?

SO, with this way, we can change / customize our background so at least it will make our scene more real although it’s only a sketch without rendered.

If you want to render the scene (vray or podium or anything else render engine), then you should use HDRI or customize on Photoshop.

So, here is the step by step:

1. Show the Styles window by accessing menu Window -> Style.
2. In window Style, choose tab "Edit", then choose "Watermark" from the menu
3. Click "(+)" icon then select a bitmap whatever you want to show for your background image, usually its a sky image or something else. The bigger the image size will make more smooth.
4. then, you will get a dialog question window, choose "Background". Then, "Watermark1" on the option can changed/renamed to whatever u want.
5. The next dialog, let the settings to the default, just click "Next".
6. Next dialog, choose "Positioned in the screen", then move the slider in the "Scale" to the right, This means our bitmap will strecthed fully. Thats why i suggest you use bigger image size so you will get smoother result.
7. Then, on the bullet icon, this means how the image repetition start. In this case, i select the bottom center. But you can select/try your own based on your image. Then, click "Finish"

Done.. ! ^_^ .. the parameter i mention above is not absolute, you can take your time to experience .. i hope this is useful for you ..

Background Modification in Sketchup 


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rendering Optimization in VRAY Sketchup

I have encountered these following questions "My client wanted me to print A0 size paper with nice quality, how can I do it?" Today I receive this from one of the follower with my Nomeradona Facebookpage "Nomeradona, I am working on a Google SketchUp 3D Floor Plan, and trying to Render it in Vray. I am able to Render it at (800x600), but I run out of ram, when I tried to output the (4000x3000 dpi) file size. Are there any tricks you can recommend to reduce the file size or increase rendering optimization?"

In this case, what shall we do? The good news is there is a very simple solution in Vray Sketchup 1.49.01 and here is this using the output vrimage.

This is an old Sketchup file which I did almost four years ago. Let me just use it to quickly show you the trick

Step 1: The output size

I have rendered before more than 8000px width x 4000px spherical panorama render which I used for this Virtual reality post. CLICK HERE to view this post. So far this was the maximum size I have tried. Anyhow in this particular render, I will make an output of perhaps half of this.

Step 2: IR passes
Since the image is huge, you don't need that high min/max rate. I lowered my min/max rate to -5,-3

Step 3: VRImage output. 

Locate the output roll-out window and under the setting output, tick the box "Render to VRImage". Once selected save it in exr root file to any folder that you want.

Step 4: Preview Image. 
Vray SketchUp will now begin to write the data in your hardrive. The Vray frame buffer will appear and you will see on the very top it reads "preview of the file output size that you have entered".

Once done, the image file will be written to the assigned folder that you have chosen.

Open Photoshop and load the exr file

Step 5: Converting the Gamma 2.2 to Gamma1.0
Vray SU by default uses gamma 2.2. When we open the file in Photoshop you should not be surprise why it's too bright. In order to convert the Gamma 2.2 to 1.0, select image/ adjustments/exposure.

Enter the value 0.45.45 ( 1.0 divided by 2.2)

Here it is..

I hope this is useful!

Nomeradona

How to render extra huge output image without crashing in Vray SketchUp

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Top Six rendering software for sketchup users

It is essential to utilize a standard rendering software to the make the quality of the models produced through SketchUp. There exist different types of rendering software plugins which are included with sketch up. This article throws light on six of the best software to render SketchUp on the basis of functionality, features and price.

1) Allura GPU for SketchUp: It belongs to a GPU based rendering plugin for SketchUp that employs the power of your system GPU to speed ups the renderings. It applies the video GPU to generate stunning rendering image with high speed and outstanding overall rendering experience.

It applies calculating light paths with simple automatic settings.

Some of its exciting features range from indirect illumination, colour bleeding, reflections, refractions, soft shadows, blurry reflections, reflective and refractive caustics and volume scattering. The users only have to edit the materials and click render for getting stunning results.

To download the software, click on the following link www.renderplus.com/allura

2) Ariel Vision: This software facilitates realistic rendering of objects and models within SketchUp. It makes beautiful rendered images devoid of applying complex settings.

Ariel Vision contains various unique features which range from one-click rendering with superior results from pre-defined settings, persistent integration with SketchUp full Reflection and transparency controls for obtaining naturalistic materials. It also allows direct and indirect lighting with natural and artificial lights. Besides, it also contains nice HDRi skies and backgrounds to enhance the appearance of your model.

To download the software, click on the following link www.renderplus.com/arielvision

3) IRender nXt: IRender nXt is a robust plugin that produces photorealistic renderings directly inside Trimble SketchUp. It is very useful for landscape and set designers. The plugin easily transforms designs and models into superior images. This is a suitable tool for architects to illustrate their building plans. This software is ideal to render SketchUp files.

It offers some useful features like rendering at any resolution and quality as well as fine tuned lighting, clearness in lighting capabilities.

To download the software, click on the following link renderplus.com/wp2/download/

4) Raylectron: It can produce simple rendering with elegant photos.

The users will be able to edit how the model will appear with different lightning settings, from sun, sky and other settings. The X-ray vision feature facilitates to view interior render devoid of eliminating the exterior.

Some of the exclusive features range from capability to stop the render, save it, reopen it later and continue the render. The users will be able to rotate, pan, zoom, and adjust the materials and lights right from the Raylectron viewer.

Raylectron is also compatible with HDR maps and can save the rendered image as an HDR.

To download the software, click on the following link raylectron.com/webver2

Shaderlight: This software provides a more realistic rendering for SketchUp with various options through different modes and tools to simplify and retain your work models.

Shaderlight offers a exceptional blend with uses giving option to select among progressive rendering and single shot rendering.

The plugin also employs advanced lightning features to add a clean and quality look to your model. The users will be able to utilize the default resolution settings or edit this setting to arrange the proper blend of Sharon and concise images.

To download the software, click on the following link www.artvps.com

Thea Renderer: With its innovative photo realistic engine, it can render sketchup files easily. It comprises of exclusive independent studio and library of editors for materials texture and colour for unique rendering.

The software employs unique engine technique known as biased and unbiased render modes to bring superior results. Some exclusive features range from application of Instancing of External Models (as Proxies), integrated & external Thea material editor, darkroom with multiple controls, advanced camera settings, and render channels. It facilitates to generate your models containing more detailed three dimensional results.

To download the software, click on the following link www.thearender.com

Sourcehttps://windowsreport.com

Top Six rendering software for sketchup users

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Some useful tips to copy & multiply geometry with the Move tool in sketchup

The Move tool is also used to copy geometry or produce several copies with simple clicks and keystrokes.

It is suggested to indicate an interval for the copies while copying with the move tool. This feature is suitable for generating 3D models of fences, bridges, and decks, where various posts or beams are uniformly placed.

Given below, the steps required for creating copies with the Move tool :

By using the Select tool, select the geometry to be copied.

Select the Move tool from the toolbar or press M. The cursor will transform to a four-way arrow.

To notify SketchUp that you prefer to replicate the selected entities, press and release the Ctrl (Microsoft Windows) or Option (Mac OS X) key. Next to the four-way arrow cursor, a plus sign will be visible.

Click the selected entities.

Move the cursor to copy your selection. A copy of your selection follows the Move cursor while moving it onscreen. In the figure, the fence panel is copied.

Click on your preferred location to arrange your copy. The copied entities are now selected and the original entities are deselected. As a substitute, move your selection to a proper distance and provide a length value, like 21' or 30m, and then press Enter (Microsoft Windows) or Return (Mac OS X).

(Optional) Right away after arranging your copy, generate several copies or uniformly spaced copies by typing a value and a multiplier, which become visible in the Measurements box.

To generate several copies, type 7x (or *7) to produce 7 copies.

To divide the distance among the copy & the original, type 5/ (or /5) to generate five copies uniformly placed among the original and the first copy.

Some useful tips to copy & multiply geometry with the Move tool in sketchup

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Some useful tips to open FBX files in Sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, the sketchup users will get some useful tips so that they can open FBX files in sketchup without any trouble.

FBX alias Filmbox is a patended file format (.fbx) that is developed by Kaydara and acquired by Autodesk since 2006. It is mainly applied to offer interoperability among digital content creation applications. FBX is also part of Autodesk Gameware, a series of video game middleware.

It is also possible to open FBX files in blender. Go to File->Import and select the BOS FBX importer. Navigate to the FBX file that should be imported, choose it, and click to start the import. The model and armature will be imported.

Blender belongs to a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset that is specifically designed for modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, composition, motion tracking as well as video editing. Go through the following video tutorial to learn the process.
To learn the open FBX files in Sketchup, go through the following video tutorial.
Video Source Robson Jacobsen
Some useful tips to open FBX files in Sketchup

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

FrameModeler for sketchup

FrameModeler is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2018.

This user-friendly architecture tool is compatible with elementary architecture components like column, beam, wall, slab, grid etc. and can be set by the users with their fingertips.

FrameModeler works out the area and volume of the material similar to excluding intersected faces and edges.

• Information Export Tool
Export Excel data
• Select model data from ModelInfo
• Update Model Condition
Excluding intersected faces and edges, updating grid position.


Download the extension from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

FrameModeler for sketchup

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Friday, June 29, 2018

How to do follow me with multiple shapes in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Mr. Aaron shows a useful tip to perform a follow me with numerous shapes. This sketchup video is a part of sketchup skill builder series. You will learn how to obtain numerous shapes to follow a single path with simple mouse click.


Aaron uses sketchup weld extension for this purpose.
Smustard Team has developed weld extension for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015 as well as Mac OS X and windows platform.
The sketchup users can apply this plugin to choose numerous connected edges, curves, and/or arcs (“connected” means containing common endpoints), then utilize the weld tool to combine them into a single “polyline”. The plugin can do a "follow me" of a circle along a straight line, ruptures the circle into several line segments.
To learn the tip with follow me tool, go through the following video tutorial.
Video Source SketchUp

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis demonstrates the functionality of a useful sketchup plugin called FlexTools that can be used for generating dynamic components inside sketchup.

One can produce various smart objects like doors, windows etc. The plugin allows the users to arrange the doors, windows, louvers and other objects inside openings in your sketchup models instantly and smoothly.

This sketchup plugin is developed by FlexTools CC. It is a paid extension and cost is US$33 for one component and US$114 for all components.

One can download the plugin from thesketchupessentials.com/flextools.

Flex tools is a series of opening creation tools developed on the basis of sketchup dynamic components engine. It comprises of the responsive objects scale and modifies to openings automatically.

The components can be resized devoid of any distortion. Here, only the sections of components which are expected to resize like the door or the glass in the windows, will be only resized whereas the frames and other objects remain unchanged in sizes.

To get more detail, go through the following video tutorial.

How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

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Monday, June 25, 2018

How to resolve v-ray glass transparency issue in v-ray 3.6 for sketchup

This is another useful presentation from Justin Geis for sketchup and v-ray users. Often a common issue occurs while working with vray 3.6 for sketchup. The issue is about the rendering of your glass lacks transparency due to improper set up of model.

In this video, one will get some useful tips to set up your glass properly in order that the rendering always becomes transparent for your glass.

While starting rendering inside v-ray, if you employ the glass materials, it is possible to see through the glass and therefore the glass is demonstrated as non transparent.

To learn how to make the glass transparent, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source The Rendering Essentials

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Live demonstration of Thea Render 2.0 for sketchup

Thea Render 2.0 is just launched with some exciting features. Given below, the details of these new and advanced features :-

a. It creates physically perfect light simulation.
b. It applies the laws of physics and optics to produce elegant & realistic images.
c. It offers simple and rapid scene setting.

d. With spectral simulation feature, the light penetrates through the prism and it divides in several frequencies and colors like real world.
e. It illustrates how precise and complete the light calculation over the entire spectrum of visible light.
f. Unbiased rendering along with biased engine.
g. Numerous CPU and GPU support.

h. Nvidia CUDA cards on MAC and WIN
i. AMD OpenCL cards on WIN (v2)


To watch the live presentation of Thea Render 2.0, go through the following exclusive video tutorial.

Video Source Novedge

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

An exclusive sketchup workshop with Lisa Bafagih, an educator at St John’s College Cork

Lisa Bafagih, a renowned architect and educator at St John’s College Cork, is conducting a workshop for sketchup users. The workshop will be held on Thurs 26th July from 10:00am – 4:00pm at National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork.

This workshop is specifically designed for the artists and creators who want to improve their basic knowledge and skill with the SketchUp Interface and modelling tools.

The workshop will also focus on the more advanced capabilities of the program with illustrations onthird party plugins and SketchUp Pro.

Topics covered:
a. Presentation with the SketchUp interface and navigation tools.
b. Best practice while applying SketchUp’s modelling and modification tools.
c. Elementary modelling techniques with 2D and 3D modelling tools.
d. Model organization along with groups and components.
e. Application of the SketchUp Warehouse.
f. Utilization of the materials editor to produce custom-made materials
g. Section planes, cameras and 2D export formats.
Presentations:
a. Scenes, animation export.
b. SketchUp Pro, CAD import.
c. Sketchup Pro, export to Layout, scale.
d. Twilight Plug -in, rendering.
This workshop is intended for all levels of expertise but primary computer skills are necessary. This workshop is part of an Art & Technology Workshop Series at the NSF for 2018 which will consist of workshops in Rhino – a 3D modelling programme; Blender & 3D Printing and introductory course to VR – Virtual Reality, its platforms, gear and the Unity Gaming Engine.
To get more details, go through the following website nationalsculpturefactory.com
An exclusive sketchup workshop with Lisa Bafagih, an educator at St John̢۪s College Cork

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, demonstration is given on new V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp comprises of some advanced features like fast-paced GPU rendering, smart hybrid rendering, a efficient UI, viewport rendering, VRscans support, and lots other. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018.

Given below, some exclusive features of this latest version :-

VIEWPORT RENDERING: New viewport rendering facilitates the users to simply choose and render several regions simultaneously, and instantly intermingle among V-Ray render and SketchUp model with +/- hotkeys to manage opacity.

STRONG GPU RENDERING: Rapid, more strong GPU rendering with additional support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.

HYBRID GPU+CPU RENDERING: With V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA, the users can reap the complete benefit of all existing hardware along with CPUs and GPUs.

ADAPTIVE LIGHTS: For scenes which contain adequate lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can allow minimizing render times by up to 700%.

SMART UI: The complete V-Ray for SketchUp interface now becomes cleaner and easier, with superior support for 4K monitors.

FILE MANAGER: Organize all of your scene files under one position. Arrange file paths, form scene archives, and monitor assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.

V-RAY COLOR PICKER: With the addition of new color picker, it makes it possible to choose color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.

V-RAY SCENE IMPORT: Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications like 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit

To view online demonstration of V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, watch the following video tutorial from Chaos Group.

Download Sketchup Pro 2018

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

s4u Paint – The newest sketchup plugin by Huynh Duong Phuong Vi

Huynh Duong Phuong Vi is the developer of the newest sketchup plugin called s4u Paint. This plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

It is a paid plugin. This plugin is best suited for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking, Other.


This plugin offers multiple functionalities :-
a. Paint material to face in group and component.
b. Paint Material to Group,Component.
c. Erase material in objects.
d. Substitute material.
e. Reverse Selected Face.
f. Get Area of Material in Selection.
To avail the plugin from extension warehouse, go to extensions and click on Suforyou and then click on Paint or Toolbar s4u-Paint.
For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.
Video Source Suforyou Vn
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Friday, June 15, 2018

How to speed up your modeling in sketchup with v-ray proxies

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, you will learn how to use v-ray proxies in skethup models to produce superior quality renderings with high polygon models.

Rendering in sketchup becomes complicated since sketchup can’t deal with high polygon models. So, if there are more faces and geometries in the model, the modeling process become slower since sketchup does not handle all the geometries efficiently.

With high polygon, high detail model inside your sketchup model, it becomes difficult to produce realistic rendering. But v-ray contains a tool known as proxies that facilitates to export the objects out of your model and substitute them with a low polygon preview model.


When rendering starts, v-ray will reference those files called meshes externally devoid of showing them in your model.
To learn the detail process, go through the following video tutorial.
How to speed up your modeling in sketchup with v-ray proxies
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Raylectron Render - The newest sketchup plugin

SoftByte Labs, Inc develops Raylectron Render, a user-friendly and photorealistic rendering and animation plugin for sketchup to transform any 3d models into a photo-realistic image.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018 as well as windows platform.

Raylectron facilitates the professional artists, hobbyist or anyone who produce 3D designs and wishes to convert their models into photorealism presentations, and/or to observe their models in 3D stereo just as they were real.

Raylectron includes all the settings to modify the output, as a result, no other software is necessary for executing the task.

With the help of material, it is possible to provide diverse effects for materials. It ranges from reflection (like mirror), refraction (like glass), transparency, glossiness, shininess, bump maps, normal maps and background images. Generate your individual grass & fur. Shadows are not fraudulent or simulated like "Soft shadows". Caustics are also real, not fraudulent or simulated.

Make your own animation that offers you a hands-free tour of a model.

Raylectron employs all the CPU cores and threads (user selectable) to render at a rapid speed and new GPU version available.

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

To know it’s features and download the plugin from extension warehouse, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Some useful sketchup tips to improve your modelling skill with sketchup

Given below, some handy tips for sketchup users to improve their modeling skills significantly.
01. Apply the 3D Warehouse gallery: examine and cleanse models prior to importing them.
There is a universe of downloadable 3D models made by other users that can fast-track the construction of your own models. To avoid adding additional information such as lines, layers, and materials, which will only increase file sizes, purge the model's components before saving them.
02. Place the model properly in space.
Geo-referencing a project facilitates you to consider it with regards to location, an intuitive quality for any successful architectural scheme. It is required to place a 3D model, avail it from the window> model information> geolocation> add location / define location customarily.
It is also very important to consider the time zone of each location.
03. Employ plugins and explore the new things in Extension Warehouse.
SketchUp users create different types of plugins which provide solution to the problems in each version as well as utilize the capability of accessible tools, and integrate new 3D modeling equipment.
Extensions are available from Solar North, which offer tools to fix the orientation for the angle of sunlight and shadows, to Sketchy FFD, a mesh operated with a series of control points in its vertices and edges to manipulate the dimensions of the chosen object.
04. Arrange and save your toolbar settings.
It is very crucial to customize the work surroundings as per your requirements and preferences. Make sure that your ideal settings are saved for future application, just manage sufficient time to arrange a toolbar. It will be possible to accomplish tasks in organized way and invest more time in concepts, design, and detailing.
05. Utilize groups and components to streamline editing and developing a model.
The most powerful feature of sketchup is to arrange models into groups of objects, lines or figures. The process is very quick and easy (secondary button> create group) and facilitate you to modify a specific section of your model (by double-clicking on it), keeping the other figures near the object unchanged. It is suggested to double-click on the newly generated surface, thus choose both faces and edges, and make a group prior to utilize the push / pull tool or any other modification.
To get more useful sketchup tips, go through the following link archdaily.com
Some useful sketchup tips to improve your modelling skill with sketchup

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will get some nice tricks which will be very helpful while modeling inside of groups and components.

Groups and components play an important role to make the model clean and valid. But sometime, problem arises when the geometry is invisible at the time of editing when the remaining part of the model gets in your way. By applying these tricks, it is possible to get a clear view while editing components. It becomes easier to edit inside of a group or components.

To start with, go to window tab and from the drop down menu click on modeling info option and then click on components tab. Here, couple sliders are available. Under editing display, there are two sliders namely Fade Similar Components and Fade Rest of Model. Under Component Axes, there is one check box called show component axes. Make necessary changes in the sliders to resolve the issue.

There is another option. Go to view menu and from drop down lists click on component edit and select either hide rest model or hide similar components.

To learn the tips in detail, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Sketchup


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How sketchup was used to complete the Philadelphia Flower Show project

In this exclusive sketchup video tutorial, Dawn Brown, the renowned 3d modelling expert, shares his professional experience that he applied while going to complete a complex project called the Philadelphia Flower Show with sketchup.
Mr. Brown shows some useful tips and tricks which were used to complete the project successfully with sketchup for making architectural design, landscape design, exhibit design, set design as well as produce construction documents.
To complete the project sketchup layout and an exclusive sketchup plugin called light up are used.
Light up is best suited for superior product visualisations, architectural designs or immersive 3D experiences.
LightUp refers to the only SketchUp renderer that employs object-based rendering to produce surprisingly perfect and stunning results right away within the SketchUp window.
The professionals can apply this plugin to quickly enlighten their models and present their work in the best possible light.
To learn the complete design process, go through the following sketchup tutorial video presented by Dawn Brown.
Video Source Sketchup

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