IRender nXt - Getting Started

IRender nXt is an easy to learn plugin for creating photorealistic renderings of your SketchUp models.

Sala 020612 by Jorge Javier Lara Dominquez



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Once the download finishes, you are ready to install IRender nXt. Please follow these instructions:

  1. Browse to your Downloads folder
Hint: Press Ctrl+j to learn the browser's download location.
  1. Right-Click the IRender .zip file and Select “Extract All...”
  2. On the dialog that displays, Check “Show extracted files when complete”, then Click “Extract”
  3. Start the installation by Right-Clicking the .exe file
  4. Select “Run as Administrator” and follow the instructions.

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

IRender nXt Interior Pool Tutorial

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This is a great tutorial for learning many different aspects of IRender nXt

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 IRender nXt 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

Video Tutorials

Purchase Your IRender nXt License

It is not necessary to wait until your trial is over, you can purchase your IRender nXt license as soon as you are ready. Multi-seat, Network, and Educational licenses are also available. Contact if you have questions.

More Help - Installing IRender nXt

  • SketchUp Version - During installation, make sure that you select the correct SketchUp version.
  • IRender nXt Toolbar - If the IRender nXt toolbar does not appear on the SketchUp toolbar - Click Extensions then Select 'IRender Load'.

Can't find the downloaded file?

You are looking for a file name that starts with "IRender_" and ends with ".zip". To install IRender nXt, extract the contents of this compressed file and run the installation program.

  • If you are using Windows 8.1 or newer, downloaded files are typically placed in your user directory in a folder called "Downloads". Start File Explorer and browse to your "Downloads" folder.
  • Still not sure where the downloaded file went? If you are using Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer, press Ctrl+j to learn the browser's download location.

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