ArielVision for SketchUp is a plugin that creates photorealistic renderings of your models, from right inside SketchUp. It's made for designers who want to create beautifully rendered images without the hassle of complex settings.
ArielVision for SketchUphas the power of an advanced rendering engine, but with a refined interface that focuses on just the essentials. It's everything you need and nothing you don't. Now producing great renderings can be even easier than creating the SketchUp model in the first place.
How it works
ArielVision gets its rendering information from SketchUp materials. colors, transparency and textures are set normally in SketchUp and used for rendering. Reflection and Glow settings are assigned to materials by right clicking on any surface which already contains the material, and setting the properties. (You do not have to drill into groups and components. ArielVision will automatically find the proper material for you.
ArielVision can render the scene using as many rendering passes as desired. (Rendering passes use additional lighting samples from the sun, sky, and lights to make smoother shadows and more realistic effects. Initially, while you are learning, a limit of 40 passes is used. Later you can increase the number of passes as desired.
You can render at any resolution or render quality desired. Higher resolutions and higher render quality takes more time per pass and more time for the complete rendering. Initially, ArielVision is set to use a medium resolution so you can preview your model quickly and increase the resolution later if desired.
ArielVision defines material properties and rendering settings inside of SketchUp and saves them in you SketchUp model. One button click is all that is necessary to create and view the rendering.
There are additional settings for HDRi skies (360 degree, images which enhanced illunination and brightness information stored in the image), and for other background images.
One-click rendering: great results from pre-defined settings.
Seamless integration with SketchUp 2019 and earlier versions. (Windows only)
Uses SketchUp Material and textures automatically.
Top Quality PhotoRealistic Rendering Engine.
Indirect Lighting for subtle, realistic shadows.
Auto Bump Mapping for SketchUp Textures.
High Quality Reflections – mirror-like, or blurry.
Refraction for thick glass and transparent objects.
Light Wizard to create many standard lights and lamps.
Ceiling Lights, Spot lights, etc.
Uses SketchUp Sun, Sky, and background colors.
Self glow – for special items such as monitors or lighted signs.
Laptop seat – second license for use on your laptop.
Unlimited resolution. (very large resolution requires more RAM in CPU)
Automatic use of multi-processor and multi-core CPUs.