The ability to convert your canvas into a photorealistic picture takes a little more effort. Sketchup itself does not have a render engine. It is still possible though. Here is how I do it.
First of all, go to the Sketchup 6 Plugins page. A plugin is basically software that adds functionality to a program. Here you will see several choices. Among these, there are two types of render engines. One type works within Sketchup, that is, inside the program. The other type allows you to export your canvas and render it using a totally separate program.
For the sake of simplicity, let's use a renderer that works within Sketchup. Many of these you will need to pay for, but they have free trials. I downloaded and installed the trial of Podium. When you install Podium, remember that you need to save the registration code they give you. Once installed, reopen Sketchup and go to the Plugins menu (10), select Podium then click Show. When the screen pops up, click on the Settings (10a,10b): the second screen will pop up.
Make sure that in the Settings, you choose a place to save the rendered file where you can find it easily. You can adjust the quality of the rendered image with the slider bar in the setting menu also.
Clicking Render is like clicking the button on a camera. Whatever is visible on your screen is what will get rendered. Manipulate the canvas until the picture you see is what you want. Then select Render on the Podium window. It will take a few minutes for the computer to render and polish the image. Once it has finished, click Save. Podium has now saved the rendered image in the place you specified. Here is what my image looked like before(11) and after(12) rendering. So cool!
This series has covered how to make structures, add objects and textures and render images. The more you explore and experiment, the more confident you will feel creating your designs. Sketchup has many more tools than those covered in this tutorial. If you are interested in a how-to guide on anything else, please let me know. Thank you for using this How to guide. I hope
you can see the potential for creating your oun great 3D im ages in Google Sketchup 6!