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Sketchup for Architects

Group for all those who use Google Sketchup for architectural visualization.

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Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2012

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The SketchUp Showcase


Started by R. Kaz Nov 21, 2012.

SketchUp Tips and Tricks: Creating Contour Lines from Google Earth Terrain

This is the most amazing video I have seen about use of Sketchup this one is for Creating Contour Lines .This works well with the free version of Sketchup too.…Continue

Started by Rajeev Athale Aug 23, 2012.

Share your favorite Plug-ins for Sketchup 1 Reply

Let us know what your favorite Sketchup Plug-ins are and show us some work that you created with them!Continue

Started by R. Kaz. Last reply by R. Kaz Jan 2, 2012.

Match Photo Tool

I am having some great success using the Match photo tool in Sketchup lately.  Especially in addition or remodel projects where much of the context already exists and is going to remain in the final…Continue

Started by R. Kaz Jan 2, 2012.

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Comment by R. Kaz on May 21, 2012 at 5:51pm

Trimble buys Google Sketchup!

Comment by R. Kaz on February 9, 2012 at 1:40pm

Here's some lighting I'm playing around with.  This one has artificial and natural lighting incorporated in.

We're actually building out this remodel right now so I'll have to show you the finished product as well.

Comment by R. Kaz on February 9, 2012 at 11:44am

Those are great.  I've been playing around with putting people, landscape, trees right in the Sketchup model with good success.  I use them almost as screening devices.  I simply insert the image onto a flat surface, make it a group or component, and then crop out and trim the actual object.  The nice thing about this is that then the object also casts shadows as well if positioned correctly.

Here's one where I simple projected an object onto a flat surface from the existing photo.  The beauty is that it puts the object back in front of my model instead of being half blocked by my new structure (which isn't there in the reall image).



This is an example where I used a bunch of these "masking" objects.  The only element I actually modeled up in the whole view was the element with the dog water bowl in it.

Then by utilizing photomatch and lining up the shadows to correspond with the actual photo, I get a pretty good realistic rendering without having to draw too much.

This is probably not the best example because all I was trying to do was show the dog bowl thing and some synthetic turf in an axiting parking lot, but you get the point.


By the way Luis, your lighting in your second image is spectacular.  It really captures an nice mood in the space.  I just want to grab a book and hang out on that sofa!

Comment by Luis Pascual A. Kilayko on February 9, 2012 at 6:40am

hello guys,

thank you for the welcome.. :)

i used sketch-up for my models and transfer it to Kerkythea. here are some samples:

after Kerkythea, i transfer models to adobe Photoshop for finishing touches, landscapes,trees, people...

i haven't try Shaderlight. i think its fast and easy... 

Comment by Rajeev Athale on February 8, 2012 at 8:24am

Hi Rodney,

Thanks for liking my design. There is a good chance that the project may get built but the final design may look different than this.I can email you the birds if you want :)

I liked your project too.It looks very realistic and well designed.

We do not use wood here much for construction, Buildings are mostly reinforced concrete structure with brick walls.I shall try to use the "match photo tool" in future.

Comment by R. Kaz on February 7, 2012 at 1:20pm

Welcome to the group Luis Pascual.

Comment by R. Kaz on February 7, 2012 at 1:17pm

Very nice Rajeev! That looks like a great project. The birds are a nice touch. Is this project going to get built?  I'd love to see images as it progresses.

I've been very busy with quite a few design projects. All of the work we have lately seems to be remodel work and additions.  I've been using Sketchup almost exclusively  through conceptual design, design development, and even into preliminary budgeting.  I’m still resorting to AutoCAD or Revit for my construction documents or shop drawings.  I’ve tried on some very small projects to use Sketchup Layout but it’s still easier to work with walls, doors, and windows in Autocad or Revit.

Here is a pretty cool deck extension I’ve got in the bidding phase now. I've even sent it out for preliminary bidding straight from Sketchup.

I've been utilizing the “match photo” tool in Sketchup, especially in a remodel situation, to create most of the background and minimize the amount of actual rendering that needs to be done.  Then I’m using Shaderlight to really dress them up.  It really does a pretty good job very quickly, and the more time you play around with the materials, lighting conditions, and exposures, the better the renderings get.

Here are a bunch of various views.

In this early phase of the design, I usually simply render the geometry over and around the existing forms in the phtotos.  I worry about actual more precise measurements later (After the client has approved the project and signed a contract).



Here's what I actually had to render in Sketchup.  The rest is simply background graphics to complete the various scenes.







Comment by Rajeev Athale on February 7, 2012 at 7:56am

My favorite plugin so far is SU2KT.

This exports the sketcup model to Kerythea for photoreal rendering.

This is my latest design

Comment by Rajeev Athale on December 13, 2011 at 7:51pm

Comment by R. Kaz on December 13, 2011 at 10:14am

Here's another one I did where I incorporated the proposed shade structure into the existing surrounding context, complete with the actual people that use the complex. (They loved that by the way)


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