3D Design Studio Getting Started

3D Design Studio is an easy to learn plugin for creating photorealistic renderings right inside SketchUp

Get started with an overview of Installation, Licensing and some video tutorials.

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3D Design Studio is an easy to learn, yet powerful plugin for:

  • creating photorealistic renderings from right inside SketchUp
  • Placing, moving and manipulating 3D Components
  • Creating reports and client presentations.

If you can draw it in SketchUp, you can render it with 3D Design Studio.

Downloading & installing.

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See: How to Download and Install

If you have any problems downloading or installing your 3D Design Studio trial software, we’re here to help. Contact us at Render Plus Support Email

Trial Version

The 3D Design Studio trial is a fully functional version with no watermarks or limitations. You may use it free for 30 days.

See: Purchase a full license at any time.

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Videos and Tutorials

Written Tutorials

In addition to the videos below, we have a number of written tutorials which can help you get started.

Interior Pool Tutorial

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This is a great tutorial for learning many different aspects of 3D Design Studio Rendering.

This Tutorial, the basic room model and some of the components were built by Jorge López.

Jorge López is an architect who has been teaching at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids,Iowa since 1991. This tutorial was created for his students in the CAD SketchUp class.

Upon completing this Tutorial, you will be able to

a. create light fixtures
b. add light emitters to existing components
c. modify light properties
d. use channels to adjust light levels
e. modify material properties
f. render a 360° panoramic view
g. create a rendered animation

The Videos Page has videos for you to use to get started and on-line documentation to accompany many of the videos.

Video Tutorials

Interactive Tutorials

This video will guide you through your first rendering - and setting reflections on SketchUp materials to create even better rendering - in a interactive mode - showing you just which buttons to click and waiting for you to click them - in the video, in SketchUp, or both.

Getting Started Tutorials


Additional Tutorials


Purchase at any time.
No need to wait until your trial is over, you can purchase 3D Design Studio full user license at anytime. Multi-seat and network licenses are also available. Contact Render Plus Support Email with questions.

Problems - Contact Us - Don't Give Up

If you are trying 3D Design Studio for the first time, and have problems, Don't Give Up.

  • Between the combinations of SketchUp versions, Windows versions, and machine types, sometimes somethings goes wrong. It anything is not working, don't give up. Let us know.
  • If you have problems with downloads or installation, contact us right away at Render Plus Support Email.
  • If you have other problems, or questions on how to use 3D Design Studio, place them on our Forum.
  • Download Problems - If the download doesn't start, try again. Sometimes our download service gets messed up, If is still doesn't start email us and we will send you a direct link to try.
  • Installation - During installation, you need to select the proper version of SketchUp. If you have problems contact us right away.
  • SketchUp Toolbar - If the application does not appear on the SketchUp tool bar - look under plugins. If there is an entry called IRender Load', click it.
  • Other Problems - - Contact Us - Don't Give Up.

Other Tutorials

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