Ease of Use Features

Ease of Use

This means that the IRender settings are stored in the SketchUp model, so you do not have to make changes if you reload the model, or for subsequent renderings of the same model.

Rendering settings and rendering functions are all available from a SketchUp toolbar.

IRender nXt Toolbar in SketchUp

The Presets lets you choose predefined settings for the most common lighting situations.

There are a lot of settings to create special lighting effects. The presets make it easier to get a good rendering without having to make all the setting manually.

Standard Presets

  • High Dynamic for subtle shadows for exterior scenes.
  • Exterior - for exterior scenes with sun and sky.
  • Interior with Sun - Interior scenes with lighting through doors and windows.
  • Interior no Sun - Interior scenes with no external lighting.
  • HDRi Sky - Exterior scene with a sky full of clouds.
  • See: Lighting Presets
Presets tab on Setup Wizard

Indirect Lighting refers to the IRender nXt feature of processing light reflected from mirrors and other surfaces.

This creates a realistic lighting effect which improves with each successive rendering pass. Indirect should be used with most interiors scenes to soften the lighting effects.

Incorporate the effects of reflected light, such as the reflected cove lighting above this suspended ceiling.

You can use SketchUp Section Planes to cut sections through your IRender nXt model.

Section Plane cutout rendering. Front wall is sectioned out, but still used for lighting, shadows and reflections

IRender nXt uses sun and shadow settings from SketchUp.

In addition, lamps and lights can be added for additional lighting and shadow effects.

Shadows from lights.

One click rendering from inside SketchUp and SketchUp Pro.

Click the green ball for one-step rendering

Resume Rendering lets you continue a rendering which has been completed - either because the number of passes or rendering time limit has been exceeded, or because you clicked the Stop Rendering button.

IRender nXt is a multi-pass rendering system. The early passes allow you to quickly check settings - such as lighting and materials.

You can then either make changes and restart the rendering, or use Resume Rendering to add more passes for better results.

Resume Rendering

Click the Save button on the Toolbar to Save your Rendered Image Revit save image button.png

Image Formats

  • JPEG - with and without comments.
  • PNG files - compressed and no loss of quality.
  • Transparent PNG files - compressed and no loss of quality.
  • Native nXt Image - nXtImage format contains the intensities, depths and materials for use with with the nXt Image Editor .
  • HDRi - saves the rendering image with an intensity channel.
  • EXR - another format with intensity information.
  • See: Save Rendered Image Wizard
Save Rendered Image.jpg

See also