Vray is a powerful rendering plugin for Sketchup that can create realistic and stunning images from your 3D models. If you want to use Vray for Sketchup 2014, you need to download and install it first. Here are the steps to do that:
Download the Vray for Sketchup installer from your Account Management Portal. You need to have a Studio entitlement to use Vray for Sketchup[^1^].
Locate the installer and double-click to launch it. Review the license agreement and click Next.
Select the version of Sketchup you are using (Sketchup 2014) and choose the installation options. You need to select the Local option for licensing[^1^].
Click Install and wait for the process to finish. You can also open the release notes file or share anonymous data with Chaos Group if you want.
Launch Sketchup 2014. A Vray for Sketchup Studio page will appear. Click Sign in with Trimble and enter your Trimble ID and password[^1^].
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Vray for Sketchup 2014. Now you can start using it to render your scenes. Here are some features and tips to help you get started:
Vray for Sketchup 2014 comes with a Batch Render Tool that allows you to render all scene tabs in a Sketchup file with a single click[^2^]. This can save you time and hassle when you have multiple views or options to render.
Vray for Sketchup 2014 also lets you save any Sketchup files along with the .VRMesh proxy output that can make the component creation process more efficient[^2^]. A proxy is a simplified representation of a complex object that can speed up your rendering.
Vray for Sketchup 2014 has improved light editing, proxy export and creation, and memory performance for faster render times[^2^]. You can also click on the RT button during an RT render to automatically restore the scene[^2^]. RT stands for Real-Time, which means you can see the changes in your scene as you make them.
Vray for Sketchup 2014 has a variety of settings and options that you can adjust to suit your needs and preferences. You can access them from the Vray toolbar or the Vray Asset Editor. You can also use presets or custom settings for different aspects of your scene, such as materials, lights, cameras, environment, etc.
Vray for Sketchup 2014 has a comprehensive documentation and help system that you can refer to if you have any questions or problems. You can also visit the Sketchup forum or the Chaos Group website for more resources and support.
Vray for Sketchup 2014 is a powerful and versatile rendering plugin that can help you create amazing images from your 3D models. Download it today and see what it can do for you!
How to Use Vray Materials in Sketchup 2014
Vray materials are the building blocks of your scene. They define the appearance and properties of your objects, such as color, texture, reflection, refraction, etc. Vray for Sketchup 2014 has a large library of predefined materials that you can use or modify for your needs. You can also create your own custom materials from scratch or by using textures and maps.
To apply a material to an object, you need to use the Paint Bucket tool in Sketchup and select a material from the Vray Asset Editor. You can also drag and drop a material from the Asset Editor to the object in the viewport. To edit a material, you need to double-click on it in the Asset Editor and adjust its parameters. You can also use the Material Picker tool to select a material from the scene and edit it.
Vray materials have different types and categories, such as Generic, Metal, Glass, Plastic, etc. Each type has its own settings and options that affect how the material behaves and looks. You can also use layers and blend modes to combine different materials and create complex effects. For example, you can use a dirt map to add some dirt and grime to a metal material.
How to Use Vray Lights in Sketchup 2014
Vray lights are the sources of illumination in your scene. They affect the mood, atmosphere, and realism of your render. Vray for Sketchup 2014 has several types of lights that you can use for different purposes and situations. You can also use the sun and sky system or an HDRI image to create natural lighting.
To add a light to your scene, you need to use the Vray toolbar or the Vray Asset Editor and select a light type. You can also drag and drop a light from the Asset Editor to the viewport. To edit a light, you need to double-click on it in the Asset Editor or use the Light Gizmo tool to manipulate it in the viewport. You can also use the Light Lister tool to manage all the lights in your scene.
Vray lights have different types and categories, such as Omni, Spot, Rectangle, Dome, etc. Each type has its own settings and options that affect how the light behaves and looks. You can also use modifiers and filters to change the shape, color, intensity, etc. of the light. For example, you can use a texture map to create a gobo effect on a spot light. 29c81ba772