Using a render plugin in layout



I have watched the you tube videos of the Architect Nick Sonder using sketchup and Layout to produce really great drawings. I believe he use the Lumenrt plugin to render his models. However i am unsure how he then uses the rendered models in conjunction with Layout to produce such detailed 2d drawings. Any thoughts?


Nick uses a highly detailed SketchUp model to produce his detailed 2D drawings. He does create stand-alone renders which he also includes in his CD sets for reference. In the past he used Kerkythea and yes, I think he currently uses LumenRT for video and still renders.

Nick uses fog in SketchUp to create a very distinctive look for his drawings and to focus attention which is something that transfers over to his LayOut documents. Perhaps this is what you think are rendered views?


Thanks for the reply. I have been using fog in conjunction with the standard renders available in Sketchup to great effect, but i was hoping there was a plugin that would give more detailed/better renders than those included in the package. I have created a few of my own which have worked well, however it is quite time consuming just to get a better looking brick or tile finish to use an example.


Ya, no photorealistic renderer in LayOut. Maybe in SketchUp 2023? :smile:

It won’t particularly transfer to your drawings in LayOut, but there are some renderers that operate directly in the SketchUp environment. Thea render just released a feature to do that and LightUp bakes rendered textures into your model, that might be something to look into.


Thanks TysonK I wil look into it.