IRender nXt Tutorial - Materials

This IRender Plus Tutorial on Materials will show you how to add AccuRender Solid Materials to your SketchUp model.

This can greatly increase the quality of your renderings, without slowing down your SketchUp model with unnecessary geometry.


Modifying SketchUp Materials

The best way to work materials in IRender is to start with SketchUp materials - color, textures, or transparent materials - and modify them with the IRender Material Wizard to adjust reflection or transparency and set type (Metal, Plastic, etc.), sharpness of refraction.

Step 1 - Place a SketchUp material

Place a SketchUp Material on a face, group or component by selecting the Paint Bucket Icon in SketchUp, or selecting Materials from the Window drop-down menu.

Navitate for the material desired, select it, and paint it onto a SketchUp object.

Step 2 - Load the IRender Material Wizard

Right click on the item with the material and select IRender - Edit material.

A new IRender material will be created with the color, texture and transparency of the SketchUp material.

Step 3 - Select a material type

Use the icons on the left to select the type of material desired - e.g. Plastic, Metal, Glass.

Step 4 - Examine the preview

A you select material types, the preview display will display your material with the current settings.

Step 5 - Adjust Material settings

In IRender, there is one slide bar. In IRender Plus additional sliders are available to adjust complex material properties.

Step 6 - Save the new material

Click OK to save the settings onto the SketchUp material.

If you originally selected an entity with no material, a new material will be created. If you selected an entity with a material already, your changes will be applied to all entities using the same material.

Solid Materials

Detail of a solid material in IRender Plus

IRender Plus contains the a library of more than 5,000 AccuRender materials.

Solid materials are generated with an algorithm so that the detail of the materials gets more complex as you zoom in on it. Raster materials tend to lose detail when you zoom in too far, or zoom out to far.

There are two ways to utilize Solid Materials in IRender Plus:

  1. You can create and place solid materials in the SketchUp model, which will automatically render as fractal plants.
  2. You can map existing materials to AccuRender materials and they will render as solid materials.

Creating AccuRender materials

AccuRender material selection wizard
Material definition dialog

With IRender nXt you can select materials from the AccuRender Material Library, and place them as materials in SketchUp.

The SketchUp materials are created with a raster image of the AccuRender material.

When you render with IRender nXt the will automatically be rendered as AccuRender Solid materials.

Selecting materials

Click the Create Material icon on the toolbar. New matl24.PNG

This will load the AccuRender material selection wizard.

Choose the material desired from more than 5,000 materials included in the AccuRender library.

Defining materials

After you select a material, a dialog will display the material parameters.

  • Select the desired size for the material.

Click Add and Place to create and place the material.
Click Add and Make Another to create this material, and return to the selection wizard.

Documentation, Help and Forums

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
Sample-renderings-thumbnail.jpg Sample Renderings
First Exterior Rendering.jpg First Exterior Rendering

Video2.jpg Simple Rendering of an Object

Getting Started
Getting started video.jpg Getting Started with IRender nXt
Getting Started with nXtRender.jpg Getting Started with nXtRender

Interior lighting button.jpg Interior Lighting Basics
Reflections video.jpg Highlights and Reflections
IRender nXt Videos
IRender nXt Video.jpg IRender nXt Features
Version3-video.jpg Advanced IRender nXt Features
Pback2.jpg Position your Background Image
Position HDRi.jpg Position HDRi Sky

Glass transparency.JPG Fine Tuning Transparency
Button for edge lines vid.jpg Rendering with Edge Lines
Lighting-channels-video.jpg Lighting Channels

Material-channels-video.jpg Material Channels

Realistic Water Effects.jpg Realistic Water Effects
Create 3D PDF.jpg IRender nXt 3D PDF

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

IRender Tutorials - click to see other Tutorials


Help Systems

IRender reference guides



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If you have any questions, post them on the Forum, or just visit to see what others have to say.

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