What’s New in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp

What’s New in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp? Photorealistic rendering and real-time visualisation all in one—all in SketchUp. From beginner to pro, V-Ray 5 has all the tools you need to visualise your SketchUp projects from start to finish.

V-Ray for SketchUp is an integral rendering solution for SketchUp, enabling designers to experience their designs in real-time as they model and take them to photorealism without leaving SketchUp. Preferred by many 3D artists, it is used by 95% of the top AEC firms worldwide and in countless films.

Unlike competitive products, V-Ray can use models from any source (like third party model companies), manage enormous complexity, illuminate with accuracy, and take users images to the highest quality. In addition V-Ray provides Academy Award winning quality and finishing tools that save from needing to use an additional post-processing program.

Let’s take a look at V-Ray 5 for SketchUp

What’s New in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp? Let’s take a look at the key features in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp

Visualise designs in real-time. Now with V-Ray Vision, you can visualise your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras—all in a live real-time view of your scene. And when you’re ready for photo quality renders, V-Ray is ready to go.

Lighting made easy. Adjust the lights in your scene even after you render. With Light Mix, once your scene is rendered, you can interactively adjust the brightness and colour of any light without having to render again.

Add randomness for realism. To create more realistic materials, we’ve added new tools that randomise textures and colours. The VRayUVWRandomiser lets you randomise texture coordinates and includes Stochastic Tiling that automatically fixes repeating textures. Built-in controls have also been added to the VRayMultiSubTex material to randomise colours.

Improved Sun and Sky model. Render your scene at the perfect light of magic hour. The Improved Sun & Sky model is more accurate, with a better looking sunrise and sunset, even as the sun dips below the horizon.

Optimised V-Ray Core. V-Ray 5 is our fastest and best rendering experience yet.

New software architecture. Much faster scene loading and scene export thanks to the newly refactored V-Ray backend.

See your designs in their best light. Light Gen is a new V-Ray tool that automatically generates thumbnails of your SketchUp scene in a number of environment lighting scenarios. Choose your favourite look and you’re ready to render.

Post-process your renders right in V-Ray. V-Ray 5 features a new V-Ray Frame Buffer. With built-in compositing, you can make colour corrections, combine render elements and save them as presets to be used in future—all without needing another app.

New layered V-Ray material. The V-Ray Material now includes built-in Coat and Sheen layers. Coat makes it easy to create materials with reflective coatings like varnished wood, and Sheen makes it easy to create fabrics like silk, satin, and velvet.

Improved contour rendering. The global Contours control gives you more control over linework, making it easier than ever to give your renders an illustrative look.

Dirt and weathering. Give your SketchUp models a weathered look with the improved V-Ray Dirt texture. Add dirt and streaks anywhere—in corners or across entire surfaces.

New documented API. For developers looking to create and connect tools with V-Ray for SketchUp, we’ve added a new fully documented API to make it as easy as possible.

V-Ray Vision, let’s take a closer look

Why should you choose V-Ray 5 for SketchUp?

Let’s recap for you. V-Ray 5 helps artists and designers to:

▪ Visualise designs in real real-time

▪ Explore endless lighting variations automatically with the Light Gen

▪ Create multiple lighting scenarios from a single render without re-rendering

▪ Post-process renders directly in V-Ray

▪ Make materials look more realistic with new randomness controls

▪ Save time with the improved and more-efficient material workflow

▪ Add more variety to your scenes through new material layers

▪ Extend magic hour with the new sun and sky system

If you would like a demonstration of V-Ray 5, or to discuss how V-Ray could be of benefit to your practice and visualisation projects, book a time when one of our team can call you back to discuss your requirements in more detail. To book your slot click here.

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