What is V-Ray: 3D rendering


V-Ray is a reference in rendering engines for the processing of scenes with a high level of reality. A rendering engine that offers you the necessary resources to apply advanced materials and global lighting sources to your scenes. 

With V-Ray you can apply to your models all kinds of materials of advanced character: reflections and refractions, blurry solutions, materials with own lighting, translucent elements (clothes or paper) or use dispersion textures.

But, undoubtedly, what has made V-Ray one of the most popular rendering engines among the hobbies and professionals of 3D is its potential when it comes to calculating the lighting of scenes. V-Ray allows you to work with global lighting, indirect lights, irradiating maps, caustic lights, among other sources of light to give your scenes the reality they require. 

In short, V-Ray is considered the ideal rendering engine to obtain spectacular results without having advanced knowledge about scene rendering.


SketchUp is one of the most used and easy to learn 3D modeling programs on the market today. With V-Ray for SketchUp, users have one of the most powerful rendering tools to visualize their models with the highest quality and realism. V-Ray works within the SketchUp environment allowing users to be able to efficiently incorporate the task of rendering within their current workflows. V-Ray for SketchUp works on Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS.


Price of V-Ray for SketchUp 570 € + VAT.


Some of the features of V-Ray for SketchUp:


  • CPU and GPU Rendering Modes: V-Ray includes two powerful renderers in one. With CPU or GPU acceleration, you can use the best engine for your project and hardware.
  • Interactive Representation: Render interactively while you design. Adjust the lights and materials and see the results immediately.
  • V-Ray Denoiser: Eliminate noise automatically and reduce rendering times by up to 50%. Now it supports noise elimination after processing.
  • Global lighting: Make photorealistic rooms and interiors with powerful and fast global lighting.
  • Precise lights: Perform any type of natural or artificial lighting with a wide range of types of lights incorporated.
  • Ambient lighting: Illuminate your scenes using a single high-dynamic-range image (HDRI) of your environment.
  • Physical Sun and Sky: Simulate realistic daylight for any time and location. Now it's compatible with the SketchUp solar animation.
  • Fog and aerial perspective: Quickly add a realistic atmospheric depth and haze. True 3D fog with realistic light scattering is now available.
  • Real world cameras: Work like a photographer, with exposure controls, white balance, depth of field and more.
  • Virtual Reality: Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • Physical materials: Create great looking materials that look exactly like real ones.
  • Library of Materials: Select from more than 500 drag and drop materials to accelerate your next project.
  • Advanced Textures: Create realistic and unique materials using any texture map or one of V-Ray's many integrated procedural textures.
  • Proxi Objects: Bring more details to your project with efficient proxy models in memory of complex objects such as grass, trees, cars and more.
  • Render Elements: Render your scene as separate passes for more artistic control in your image editing software.
  • V-Ray Swarm: We present a powerful and scalable distributed representation system that is simple and fast. Get an additional speed boost with the V-Ray Render nodes.
  • Frame Buffer: Track the rendering history and adjust color, exposure and more directly in the V-Ray frame buffer.
  • Lawn: Create realistic grass, fabrics and rugs with V-Ray Fur.
  • Section cuts: Easily create quick cuts and section renders with V-Ray Clipper. Now it supports the Intersection mode.
  • V-Ray Scene Support: Export complete V-Ray 3.x scenes for SketchUp and render with other V-Ray 3.4 (or higher) applications. Now, in V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, it imports and renders V-Ray Scene files (.vrscene) from 3ds Max, Rhino and Revit.

News from V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp!

  • View Representation: With the new VIewport representation, you can easily select and represent multiple regions at once, and quickly mix your V-Ray rendering and the SketchUp model using the +/- keys to control opacity.
  • Powerful GPU processing: Faster and more powerful GPU rework with additional support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface dispersion, matte / shadow and more.
  • Hybrid GPU + CPU processing: The 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, the new Adaptive Lights mode can help you reduce rendering times by up to 700%.
  • A smart: The entire V-Ray for the SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors.
  • File manager: Manage all your scene files in one place. Establish file paths, create scene files and track assets such as textures, IES files and proxy objects.
  • V-Ray color selector: New color selector that is simple and powerful. Select color values ​​in the Screen color space sRGB (0-255) or Rendering (0.0-1.0).
  • Importing V-Ray scene: Import and depict scenes from V-Ray (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino and Revit.
  • Solar light studies: Create sunlight and shadow studies with the SketchUp solar animation.
  • Fog: Give depth to your scenes with new 3D fog effects and realistic light scattering.
  • New texture maps: Improve the appearance of your scene with new gradient maps, color temperature and procedural noise texture.
  • 2D Offset: Quickly add details of the surface without additional modeling with optimized 2D offset, perfect for architectural materials such as brick and stone.
  • Animated proxy objects: Easily add pre-animated 3D objects, such as walking people and trees that blow in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.
  • Proxy previews: Control the appearance of V-Ray proxies in the SketchUp window. Select between Full mesh, Bounding box, Point (source) and the new preview mode Low poly proxy.
  • Better visualization materials: Get a more accurate preview of your V-Ray materials in the SketchUp window.
  • Better noise elimination: The V-Ray Denoiser is now easier to configure and can refine the configuration even after rendering.
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