ArielVision Getting Started Tutorial

Getting Started Videos

ArielVision takes a SketchUp model and turns it into a photorealistic image quickly and painlessly. With little change in the workflow, the user can design, ideate and apply materials as normal, then the user is given the option to easily change reflection and lighting intensity by adjusting the values of any material to meet the design aesthetics.

All of this is done without ever leaving SketchUp! Left behind are the programs with confusing and overwhelming user interfaces and now replaced with ArielVision's simple and intuitive user interface.

See: ArielVision Videos

Download and Installation

Download ArielVision

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Download a version from the Download ArielVision

(If you have already downloaded and installed ArielVision, ignore this step)

After downloading the .ZIP file, click on the file name inside to install ArielVision.

During installation, select the proper version of SketchUp if you have more than one version installed.

Start SketchUp

Download SketchUp 8 from Here: ( SketchUp Download ) if you don't have it yet. (ArielVision works with both the free and professional versions.)

Start ArielVision

Select ArielVision Load from the SketchUp Plugins menu.

First Rendering - Exterior Scene

3D Warehouse model you could use for the first rendering ArielVision was developed to let you "Design with the lights on"™. In particular, you don't have to add lights to you model for rendering to show off objects, buildings, etc.

Select a model

For your first rendering we suggest a simple exterior or simple object.

We are going to render it, using default settings, without making any changes to the model. This will let you see the effects of the default lighting of ArielVision. For exteriors, this is easiest to see if the model has roof overhangs, porches, or other features which will benefit from subtle lighting effects.


For the exterior rendering, use the 3D warehouse model from the Video Tutorial (and select the exterior scene), or here is another 3D warehouse model you could try: Sample Exterior model for ArielVision

Start Rendering

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Click the Render icon: Render24.PNG

After you click the start rendering icon, the Rendering Settings dialog will appear to help you with your settings. Even for exteriors, we suggest you try the High Dynamic (studio) lighting settings for your first rendering.

(Click Defaults for the default rendering settings)

Click Start Rendering to render your first image.

Rendered image

Using reflection and lights

For the second rendering we want to apply reflection to some surfaces. There are three samples below.

Video Tutorial Interior

If you have downloaded the model from the Video Tutorial, select the Interior scene.

Make some surfaces reflective

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Right click on the floor, table, and/or vases Select 'Create Material or Edit Material From the presets tab of the Material Wizard, select Reflective. You can also adjust the amount of reflection using the first (Main) tab.

Add a table Lamp

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From the ArielVision Toolbar, select the Add Light icon: ( Create-light-fixture.jpg ) Select the Table Lamp tab Set the size and colors of the table lamp desired.

Add Ceiling Lights

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Click the Light icon again.=

Select the Ceiling Light tab.

Change any settings if desired

Click Place and place one or more lights in the ceiling.

Start Rendering

Click the Render icon: Render24.PNG

Select the Interior With Sun Preset

Click Start Rendering to render the car.