V-Ray 3.6 for Sketchup is now fully compatible with Sketchup 2018, adds new viewport rendering, more powerful GPU rendering, new adaptive lights and much more. Free update for V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

V-Ray for SketchUp comes with all the lighting, shading and rendering tools you need to create professional photoreal imagery and animations.

V-Ray 3 is the smartest and fastest rendering solution for SketchUp. Its twin-engine rendering architecture is built to take full advantage of the latest CPU and GPU computing technology. With a full suite of creative tools, V-Ray lets you render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.

What’s new in V-Ray 3.6 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.
  • File 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.

Free update for V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

For a full list of new features and improvements, see the release notes.