Getting Started with IRender

Using IRender , it has never been easier to export your model from Google SketchUp and render it to photorealistic images.


Downloads and Installation

There is a 30 day Trial Version for RPS products. This is a fully functional version, with watermarks or other text added to indicate that it is a trial version.

Follow the links on the Downloads Page to download the latest version.

Getting Started

  1. Start SketchUp
    When SketchUp starts,
  2. Click "Load IRender" from the SketchUp Plugins menu.
    The IRender Toolbar should appear: IRender full toolbar.jpg
  3. Open your model in SketchUp.
  4. Apply any reflections to mirrors or materials. See: Materials
  5. Turn on the sun, or add lights. See Lighting
  6. Click Render: Render24.PNG
    This will load the "Rendering Settings" Dialog

Rendering Settings

Rendering Settings.jpg

This is a dialog of the basic settings for rendering.

Lighting Presets - Select the one which best matches your model.
High Dynamic, Exterior (with Sun), or HDRi Sky are great for Exterior Scenes
Interior with sun, or Interior no sun should be used for Interior Scenes.
Render Image Size - We suggest you use Medium for test renderings of your model.
Stop Rendering After - Use 10 or 20 for your first rendering. Click "No Limit" to render multiple passes until you stop the rendering.
Rendering Quality - Use Quick Draft when examining lighting or the overall scene. Quick Draft is 4 times faster but lower quality.
Defaults - restores the default settings for all rendering options.
Start Rendering - start the actual rendering.


To get started with IRender nXt see these tutorials:


  1. If you are just learning Ray Trace rendering, start with a fairly simple model. It is much easier to learn the concepts in small models which render quickly.
  2. If you do not add reflection or lamps, then the IRender rendering may not be a noticeable improvement over the SketchUp renderings.

See also