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Visual Simulation: Advanced Rendering in SketchUp

In this course, you'll learn to create an advanced rendering of a SketchUp site model, using a free third-party renderer called Kerkythea to design realistic lighting and shading. Then add components to your rendering in Adobe Photoshop.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (46 Mins)
  • Published Published
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  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. Setting Up (2 mins)
  • 3. Prepare Your Model for Export (6 mins)
  • 4. Face Covering (7 mins)
  • 5. Setting Up Scenes (6 mins)
  • 6. Creating the Image (5 mins)
  • 7. Additional Detailing (9 mins)
  • 8. Finalize (7 mins)

Course Description

SketchUp is a fantastic tool for quickly creating 3D models. In this course, we’ll discuss how to create a more photorealistic rendering of a SketchUp model, using a free third-party renderer called Kerkythea. Kerkythea works for creating more realistic lighting and shading than just exporting directly from SketchUp. We’ll then add additional components to the rendered model in Adobe Photoshop.

Learn these skills

  • 3D Modeling
  • Communications & Media
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Technology
  • Urban Design
  • Trimble SketchUp
  • Adobe Photoshop


This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit. 


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

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Mike Ernst

Mike Ernst

Mike Ernst is an urban planner and designer whose work has focused on participatory planning, community outreach and innovative urban design through creative and engaging visual communication.

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