V-Ray for SketchUp Educational License

$145.00 NZD +GST for 1 year

V-Ray for SketchUp Educational Subscriptions include free upgrades to any new versions that are released during your subscription period. Educational subscription licenses expire in 1-year from purchase date – to renew you will need to re-purchase and re-submit your ID.

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Professional 3D Rendering Software for Architects & Designers.

V-Ray 5 is smarter, faster and more powerful than ever.

Introducing the next generation of rendering.

easy to manage blackEASY TO USE

Easy to learn, easy to use. V-Ray for SketchUp is designed to get you up and running in no time.

quality blackQUALITY

V-Ray lets you create the highest quality renders possible – directly in SketchUp.


power blackPOWER

V-Ray gives you the power to render anything and everything – from design models to detailed 3D scenes.


speed blackSPEED

Render fast, design faster. V-Ray for SketchUp lets you spend more time being creative and less time waiting.


creative control blackCREATIVITY

Focus on design, with a full suite of creative tools for lighting, shading and rendering.


universal industry standard blackSTANDARD

95 of the top 100 architecture firms in the world render with V-Ray every day.


New workflows
SCATTER — The new scattering tool is perfect for building terrain for architectural designs. Detailed scenes can be created by adding hundreds, thousands, or millions of objects and Chaos Cosmos models on any surface in an intuitive and memory-efficient way. Users can disperse multiple objects simultaneously and control their size, orientation, and density for maximum realism.
CHAOS VANTAGE LIVE LINK – SketchUp users can now take designs to the next level with Chaos Vantage. With the new Live Link, even the most complex scenes can be explored in pure ray traced real-time with zero setup. Users can navigate and interact with the model’s true lighting and materials, and create animations and images with ease.

CHAOS COSMOS MATERIALS – Chaos’ curated collection of render-ready V-Ray content adds an important new category: materials. Users can take advantage of 200 new assets, including terrains, tiles, wooden floors, brick walls, and more. Cosmos materials can be used out-of-the-box or users can customize their color, bump, gloss, and more.

V-RAY MATERIAL IMPROVEMENTS – With new additions to the V-Ray Material standard, users can effortlessly create complex transparent and translucent materials. The new thin-walled reflection control is perfect for quickly turning any plane into glass, making it easy to create windows, soap bubbles, or leaves. Volumetric translucency and SSS modes can be used to set up materials with subsurface scattering such as skin, wax, and plastic.

DECALS – With the new V-Ray Decal, users can easily project unique materials onto objects of any shape. Decals can create effects like graffiti on a wall, markings on a road, or logos on a product.

New capabilities in V-Ray Vision
STANDALONE APP EXPORT – Users can share their projects with clients and colleagues via an executable file. Recipients of the file don’t require a V-Ray license and can enjoy the full functionality of Vision – navigation controls, color correction parameters, and more.

VIDEO EXPORT — With direct animation export from Vision as video in the WebM format, users no longer need to manually combine image sequences.

SUN ANIMATION SUPPORT — Sun animations from SketchUp can now be loaded in Vision for quick and easy lighting studies.

GRASS SUPPORT — Preset grass can easily be added to any surface to help build realistic terrain in an efficient way.

IES LIGHTS SUPPORT — IES light profiles can now be used for more realistic presentations in Vision.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS – A more optimised system for handling large quantities of scene objects is implemented, leading to faster load times. Screen-space reflections of objects are enhanced as their quality improves over time when the camera is static. Panorama images can be exported with higher quality than previously possible, with user-defined camera orientation.

With hundreds of high-quality models and HDRI skies that work perfectly with your V-Ray projects, staging environments and interiors has never been easier.


This video covers the simple step-by-step workflow of how you can browse, download and place Cosmos assets in your SketchUp scene.

What's new in V-Ray for Sketchup Version 5

 V-Ray 5 lets you explore your designs in real-time, make interactive changes and quick design decisions. Try hundreds of lighting variations on your scene and apply finishing touches on your renders directly in SketchUp. From beginner to pro, V-Ray 5 has all the tools you need to visualise your SketchUp projects.

V-RAY VISION - Visualise designs in real-time.
Now with V-Ray Vision, you can visualise your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras – all in a live real-time view of your scene. And when you’re ready for photo quality renders, V-Ray is ready to go.
optimised rendering performance
Lighting made easy.

Adjust the lights in your scene during or after rendering. With the new Light Mix render element in V-Ray 5.0 you can interactively adjust the color and brightness of any light in your scene – without having to render it again.

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Add randomness for realism.

To create more realistic materials, we’ve added new tools that randomise textures and colors. The VRayUVWRandomiser lets you randomise texture coordinates and automatically fixes repeating textures. 

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Improved Sun and Sky model.

Render your scene at the perfect light of magic hour. The Improved Sun & Sky model is more accurate, with a better looking sunrise and sunset, even as the sun dips below the horizon.

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See your designs in their best light.

Light Gen is a new V-Ray tool that automatically generates preview images of your SketchUp scene in a number of different lighting enviroment scenarios. Choose your favorite look and you’re ready to render.

New software architecture.

With V-Ray 5.0 the core code has been rewritten with a focus on speed & perfomance.  This is our fastest and best rendering experience yet. Scenes now load and export much faster thanks to the newly refactored V-Ray backend.

Dirt and weathering.

Give your SketchUp models a weathered look with the improved V-Ray Dirt texture. Add dirt and streaks anywhere – in corners or across entire surfaces.

New layered V-Ray material.

The V-Ray Material now includes built-in Coat and Sheen layers. Coat makes it easy to create materials with reflective coatings like varnished wood, while Sheen can be used for fabrics like silk, satin, and velvet.

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Post-process your renders right in V-Ray.

V-Ray 5 features a new V-Ray Frame Buffer. With built-in compositing, you can make color corrections, combine render elements and save them as presets to be used in future – all without needing a separate app like Nuke/Photoshop.


Photorealistic rendering and real-time visualisation - all in one - all in SketchUp.

Today AEC and arch-vis firms face heightened competition – and the software tools you choose are critical to your success.
With V-Ray for SketchUp, architects can set up projects and complete realistic imagery quickly. The real-time rendering
capabilities of V-Ray allow for a more visual workflow at each production stage — from concept to final rendered image or
animation. This makes it easier to gain critical buy-in from colleagues and clients.

The demand for high-end, photorealistic content has skyrocketed, requiring AEC and arch-vis firms to create high-quality stills, animation and VR on limited budgets. V-Ray for SketchUp optimises rendering performance and workflows, so users can work efficiently and produce extraordinary results.

To help combat tight schedules and frequent deadlines, V-Ray for SketchUp helps architects render great-looking images
quickly and easily. Real-time viewing of their model is appreciated for speeding their V-Ray workflow as well as their modeling
workflow. V-Ray for SketchUp also removes the need to export to a separate application for rendering, letting users work
directly in SketchUp so they can visualise changes to their designs interactively.

V-Ray for SketchUp’s simple settings make it fast to set up without any special training. The interface is intuitive, with straightforward rendering presets that anyone can use. Users of V-Ray for other platforms will find the transition to V-Ray for SketchUp quick and easy. In addition, Professional CAD Systems provides free technical support to all V-Ray subscribers.




Automatically analyses your scene elements to optimise rendering so you get the best quality in less time.



V-Ray uses adaptive learning techniques to help render a perfectly exposed image & automatically remove any warm or cold light tint coming from the sun or skylight.



V-Ray comes with two powerful engines. You can choose between super fast GPU or CPU and Hybrid rendering to best suit your project needs and requirements.

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Аutomatically generates and stores object- or material-based masks. It’s perfect when you need to accurately select objects in post-production.


CPU, GPU, Hybrid Ray Tracer
Works with all major 3D industry software & plugins

Real-time viewer

High quality, physically accurate

Considered industry standard

Built-in compositing features

Frequent free updates with major new features

Most online assets (models, materials) are V-Ray ready
Perceived as difficult, though this is mostly a legacy issue and latest releases have greatly improved ease of use
Leading renderer for all major 3D software

Large user base & active community

Free support

Frequent updates
GPU Ray Tracer
Directly integrates with SketchUp, ArchiCAD, REVIT, Rhino & Vectorworks currently, plus you don't have to buy another license to use Enscape with each software

Very easy to learn

Large asset library

Real-time viewport

High quality lighting

Amazing VR experience

Frequent free updates with major new features

Requires a powerful GPU (NVIDIA RTX model recommended)

Limited compositing capabilities

Only works with Windows currently
Gaining popularity - especially among architects, interior designers and landscapers

Rich library of ready-to-use assets

Free support & frequent updates

Great for the design phase where multiple iterations are required

GPU Raster Engine

Easy to Learn

Large asset library

Requires powerful GPU (NVIDIA RTX model recommended)

Not tightly integrated, requires reimporting file if design changes

Slow render times compared to Enscape or Twinmotion

Limited compositing capabilities

Simple and fake looking lighting

Expensive - 3000 Euros!

Rich library of ready-to-use assets

Only used in architecture
CPU, GPU (Unbiased)
High quality, physically accurate

Relight feature

Slowest out of all the render engines that are compatible with SketchUp Pro - Expect to wait hours for high resolution renders

You have to buy extra licenses for each software version i.e. if you want to use Thea with SketchUp & Rhino, you would need to purchase 2x licenses

Limited compositing capabilities

Infrequent minor updates

Not a strong competitor -
lagging behind

Perceived as accurate,
but slow


GPU Raster Engine

Real-time viewer

Very easy to learn

Requires powerful GPU (NVIDIA RTX model recommended)

Small asset library compared to Enscape & Lumion

Basic and fake looking lighting 

Too simplistic for more advanced 3D users

Limited compositing capabilities

Infrequent minor updates

Relative newcomer - still immature in terms of features

Owned by Epic Games - Creators of Unreal Engine


V-Ray for SketchUp users are architects, designers and artists who are freelancers or work in small or large firms, who need visualisations to help evaluate, communicate and approve designs as part of their daily work. With tight schedules and
multiple deadlines, they prefer to keep their workflow inside SketchUp and avoid the time-consuming process of exporting to
another application for rendering or post-processing. V-Ray is designed to match SketchUp’s renowned speed and ease-of-use.

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V-Ray for SketchUp comes with all the lighting, shading, and rendering tools you need to create professional, photoreal imagery and animations. Built to handle your toughest projects and biggest scenes, V-Ray gives you the power to render anything and everything in SketchUp. Spend less time waiting and more time being creative, and deliver your best work without missing a deadline. V-Ray for SketchUp puts you in control. Its versatile feature set lets you pick the best approach for your scene. V-Ray is seamlessly integrated into SketchUp, so your workflow is fluid and smooth. Top artists & designers use V-Ray for SketchUp every day to create world-class images and designs.

The #1 Professional Renderer for SketchUp​

With a full suite of creative tools, V-Ray lets you render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.

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