New features – V-Ray 5 for SketchUp


What's new in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp

Photorealistic rendering and real-time visualization all in one—all in SketchUp. From beginner to pro, V-Ray 5 has all the tools you need to visualize your SketchUp projects from start to finish.

Key features in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp

Power up your SketchUp design workflow

VISUALIZE DESIGNS IN REAL-TIME

Now with V-Ray Vision, you can visualize your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras—all in a live real-time view of your scene. And when you’re ready for photo quality renders, V-Ray is ready to go.

SEE YOUR DESIGNS IN THEIR BEST LIGHT

Light Gen is a new V-Ray tool that automatically generates thumbnails of your SketchUp scene in a number of environment lighting scenarios. Choose your favorite look and you’re ready to render.

LIGHTING MADE EASY

Adjust the lights in your scene even after you render. With Light Mix, once your scene is rendered, you can interactively adjust the brightness and color of any light without having to render again.

POST-PROCESS YOUR RENDERS RIGHT IN V-RAY

V-Ray 5 features a new V-Ray Frame Buffer. With built-in compositing, you can make color corrections, combine render elements and save them as presets to be used in future—all without needing another app.

ADD RANDOMNESS FOR REALISM

To create more realistic materials, we’ve added new tools that randomize textures and colors. The VRayUVWRandomizer lets you randomize texture coordinates and includes Stochastic Tiling that automatically fixes repeating textures. Built-in controls have also been added to the VRayMultiSubTex material to randomize colors.

NEW LAYERED V-RAY MATERIAL

The V-Ray Material now includes built-in Coat and Sheen layers. Coat makes it easy to create materials with reflective coatings like varnished wood, and Sheen makes it easy to create fabrics like silk, satin, and velvet.

IMPROVED SUN AND SKY MODEL

Render your scene at the perfect light of magic hour. The Improved Sun & Sky model is more accurate, with a better looking sunrise and sunset, even as the sun dips below the horizon.

IMPROVED CONTOUR RENDERING

The global Contours control gives you more control over linework, making it easier than ever to give your renders an illustrative look.

OPTIMIZED V-RAY CORE

V-Ray 5 is our fastest and best rendering experience yet.

NEW DOCUMENTED API

For developers looking to create and connect tools with V-Ray for SketchUp, we’ve added a new fully documented API to make it as easy as possible.

NEW SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

Much faster scene loading and scene export thanks to the newly refactored V-Ray backend.

Previous News in V-Ray NEXT for SketchUp

Viewport Rendering

With new Viewport rendering, you can easily select and render multiple regions at once, and quickly blend between your V-Ray render and SketchUp model using +/- hotkeys to control opacity.

Powerful GPU Rendering

Faster, more powerful GPU rendering with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.

Hybrid GPU + CPU Rendering

V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of all available hardware, including CPUs and GPUs.

Adaptive Lights

For scenes with lots of lights, Adaptive Lights mode can cut render times by up to 700%.

Smart UI

The entire V-Ray for SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors.

 

Asset Manager

Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.

 

V-Ray Color Picker

A new color picker that’s simple and powerful. Select color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.

 

V-Ray Scene Import

Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.

Sunlight Studies

Create sunlight & shadow studies with SketchUp sun animation.

Fog

Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.

New Texture Maps

Fine-tune the look of your scene with new gradient, color temperature and procedural noise texture maps.

 

2D Displacement

Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling with optimized 2D displacement — perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.

Animated Proxy Objects

Easily add pre-animated 3D objects like walking people and trees blowing in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.

 

Proxy Previews

Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the SketchUp viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), and the new low poly Proxy preview mode.

Better Viewport Materials

Get a more accurate preview of your V-Ray materials in the SketchUp viewport.

 

Better Denoising

The V-Ray Denoiser is easier to set up, and you can change settings after you render.