SketchUp tutorial and rendering tip videos for IRender nXt, ArielVision, AccuRender nXt for Revit, SpaceDesign, RPS 3D PDF Exporter and more.


Reference Manuals

IRender nxt for SketchUp

Learn how to use IRender nXt to create stunning images from your SketchUp models. Turn your SketchUp designs into beautifully rendered, high-resolution images. Add lights, materials, skies, etc. to create Photorealistic renderings directly from SketchUp.

Create photo-realistic, still, panorama and animation images files from 3D models using raytracing and radiosity technologies. This reference manual has Tutorials, explanations of rendering terms, and specific instructions for Wizards to help you use IRender nXt for SketchUp. Step-by-step examples will make it easy to learn how to render with SketchUp. Examples, Images and information on rendering terms and capabilities which you can use to improve your renderings.

Our reference manuals are published by Colorado Technical Publishing.


Check out this Webinar for tips on how to use IRender nXt

Webinar-image.jpg Introduction to IRender nXt


Video Tutorials

We have created a number of Video Tutorials which will help you get started.
Rendering with SketchUp
How-to-render.jpg How to choose a renderer

This video highlights SketchUp modelling features which some rendering packages may have trouble handling.

  • Ability to process SketchUp geometry.
  • Ability to process SketchUp sun and other settings
Sample-renderings-thumbnail.jpg Sample Renderings

These images from the IRender nxt nXtRender Image Gallery will show you what can be done using Google SketchUp and IRender nXt to create stunning presentations of your 3D models.

First Exterior Rendering.jpg First Exterior Rendering

  • A simple, "first" rendering using default rendering settings.
  • Download an exterior model from the Google 3D Warehouse and render it with the default settings.
Video2.jpg Simple Rendering of an Object

  • Default rendering with an object, rather than an exterior.
  • Download a model from the Google 3D Warehouse and render it with the default settings.
Getting Started
Getting started video.jpg Getting Started with IRender nXt

We've created this video tutorial to help you get your software installed and learn the basics of interior and exterior renderings with iRender nXt.

  • Install your software and launch IRender nXt
  • Create simple exterior and interior renderings
  • Add lights and reflections
Getting Started with nXtRender.jpg Getting Started with nXtRender

  • Install your software and launch IRender nXt
  • Assign reflection to materials
  • Assign illumination to materials
Interior lighting button.jpg Interior Lighting Basics

Fine-tuned lighting is the key to creating great-looking interior and nighttime scenes. In this video tutorial we show you how to quickly add lights to a room and adjust their render settings for a beautiful final image

  • Add lighting to a simple room
  • Ceiling lights
  • Floor lamp
  • Turning an object into a light.
Reflections video.jpg Highlights and Reflections

Highlights and surface reflections are the best way to add realism to your renderings and they're easy to create in IRender nXt. In this video tutorial we show you how to add reflection to objects and materials and fine-tune their settings for a beautiful, and realistic, result.

  • Reflectivity and Highlighting
  • Reflection, Sharpness, Metallic, Glossy
IRender nXt Videos
IRender nXt Video.jpg IRender nXt Features

Reflections, Placing Lights, Lighting Presets, Bump Maps, Section Planes and Edge Lines.

Template:Advanced IRender nXt Features Video Thumbnail
Pback2.jpg Position your Background Image

In this video Rich explains how to use the Background Wizard to align an image with a fence outside a window and adjust the perspective of the Image.

Position HDRi.jpg Position HDRi Sky

  • Select HDRi
  • Position Image
  • Render with new image position
  • See: HDRi Setup Tab
Glass transparency.JPG Fine Tuning Transparency

Realistic transparencies are easy to create in IRender nXt and can be fined tuned for great results. In this video tutorial we explain how transparency, refraction and intensity settings effect the transparent objects in your model. Fine tuning your transparencies adds that next level of realism to your designs

  • Thin and Thick
  • Intensity, Refraction,
  • Caustics, etc.
Button for edge lines vid.jpg Rendering with Edge Lines
  • Render the edge lines from your SketchUp model.
  • Edge lines, which are usually displayed in SketchUp, can add important detail to your renderings.
Lighting-channels-video.jpg Lighting Channels

  • Adjust lights quickly after rendering
  • Adjust sun and sky illumination and shadows after rendering.
Material-channels-video.jpg Material Channels

  • Adjust colors and materials quickly after rendering
  • Adjust RGB values or illumination using slider bars
Realistic Water Effects.jpg Realistic Water Effects

In this video Rich explains how to make water in pools, lakes and rivers look realistic.

Create 3D PDF.jpg IRender nXt 3D PDF

This video Tutorial explains how to create 3D PDF files directly from IRender nXt and use them to share your rendering with your clients.

Other SketchUp products

NprTools Video
  • Add non-photorealistic effects to your SketchUp Model.
  • Soft Shadows
  • Sketchy Shadows
RpTreeMaker Video
  • Add custom, fractal trees to your SketchUp Model.
  • Create a simple tree and see how to change the parameters.
Treemaker button.jpg

AccuRender nXt for Revit

AccuRender nXt Simple Rendering
  • Load and use AccuRender nXt for Revit
  • Render a model with default settings
Revit button.jpg

Other Tutorials

IRender nXt Interior Pool Tutorial

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This new Tutorial, 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.

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

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

RPS 3D PDF tutorials

See also