V-Ray is a popular third-party rendering engine used with Google SketchUp to create 3-D architectural designs. Installing V-Ray allows you to add features like natural light, translucent surfaces, and interior and exterior elements to give you and your clients a realistic idea of the architectural concept presented. Learn how to install this useful rendering engine in this online tutorial.
As V-Ray is a plug-in render engine for SketchUp and not a part of the SketchUp installation process itself, we thought it would be a good idea to start this course by quickly walking you through the installation of the V-Ray plug-in. Of course, the first thing we need to do is download the appropriate version of the V-Ray plug-in from the Chaos Group website. This can be found www.chaosgroup.com. To save time, I've already downloaded the V-Ray for SketchUp plug-in to my desktop.
So let's click or double-click to begin the installation process. The first thing we need to do is confirm that we want to Install the application by clicking Next in the initial Setup window. Then of course we need to read the end user license agreement and check the appropriate box to say that we have accepted those terms. Next we see a list of components that will be installed. Chance are if this is the first time we've installed V-Ray, we will want all of these checked, which they general add up by default.
Now we need to locate the root folder of our SketchUp installation. If, however, we are installing to the MacIntosh operating system, we will need to locate our Google SketchUp application support folder. If we know the address for this by heart, we can simply type it in, or if we need to browse for it, we can use to Browse button, locate the appropriate drive, and then th appropriate folder. Once that is done and and everything has been confirmed, we can click Next and we're off and running with the installation process.
Now, depending upon your computer speed and operating system, this may take a while, so do be patient. The final part of the installation process walks us through setting up our licensing of the V-Ray for SketchUp plug-in. Which of the four options available we choose will depend upon a number of factors, but essentially, if we are licensing a purchased version of the V-Ray plug-in, we have three options opened to us. Or it may just be that we want to demo the application, and so that is the option that we would choose.
The final step is to run through the activation process itself. V-Ray for SketchUp uses a software licensing approach that is completely flexible and can be handled both on or offline. And that is it. We've installed the V-Ray SketchUp plug-in, and it is now ready to be used inside the SketchUp application.
- Installing V-Ray
- Creating natural daylight with V-Ray Sun and Sky
- Bouncing light around with irradiance mapping and light caches
- Setting up a depth-of-field effect
- Creating diffuse and reflective surfaces
- Working with the Adaptive DMC engine
- Manipulating color mapping
- Adding caustic lighting and occlusion effects