SketchUp rendering

Enscape is a SketchUp rendering plugin. It unifies your modeling and visualization processes into
one and lets you create high-quality visualizations without stopping your design workflow.


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Creating a SketchUp render is easy with Enscape

The real-time render plugin empowers you to create beautiful, realistic renderings in a matter of
seconds, all from within your favorite modeling software.

Used by architects, designers, and the wider AEC industry, Enscape plugs directly into SketchUp,

so you can create a SketchUp rendering and even explore your design in virtual reality, without the need to switch to another tool or export or import any files.

Already used by top architectural firms, Enscape is helping SketchUp users to not only create realistic renderings,

but to also improve their design process, accelerate decision-making, and communicate and collaborate more effectively with clients and stakeholders.


Integrate visualization into your design workflow


Design and visualize in one model

No more side tracks. No more double work. One single source of truth.

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Why use Enscape for SketchUp?

The Enscape SketchUp real time rendering plugin provides you with the ability to render, walkthrough, flythrough, create animations, and virtually experience your model in 3D with incredible simplicity.

It’s easy to export your model and allow others to review your design, with the help of 3D panoramas, QR codes, and web links – helping you to present your ideas and communicate your design in whatever format works best for you and your audience.

Using Enscape as your SketchUp renderer can help you bring your visualizations to life since Enscape comes with a built-in asset library with over 1,900 high-quality assets, a materials editor and lighting options for SketchUp.

Enscape is committed to innovation and our customers’ success, as we continually work to evolve the product with every new release, and provide best-in-class customer support – we’re here to help you get the most out of using Enscape 3D for SketchUp.

Visit our webpage to learn more about the features available with Enscape.

How to create a SketchUp rendering in Enscape

Using Enscape for SketchUp rendering provides you with an instant realistic snapshot of your 3D model.

Once installed, Enscape will appear in SketchUp under the ‘Extensions’ tab on the menu bar. You can choose to either access the Enscape functions via this drop–down menu, or by activating the Enscape toolbar.

With the installation complete and your SketchUp project file open, it’s now possible to view your project in Enscape by clicking on the “Start Enscape” button. With the Enscape window open, you can instantly see any changes that you make to your SketchUp model.

To create a rendering in SketchUp, click on the “Take Screenshot” or “Batch Rendering” button within the ‘Extensions’ tab, or the Enscape Capturing toolbar. It’s possible to batch render multiple views at the same time. You also have the option to adjust your image resolution size using one of the presets in the Enscape Visual Settings, or by choosing your own size up to 8192 x 8192px.

Visit our Knowledge Base for more information on creating a render in Enscape for SketchUp.

How to render in SketchUp

For great rendering results, here are a few SketchUp rendering tips​:

Add light sources to your model

Add light sources to your model to brighten up your project. From SketchUp, go to Extensions -> Enscape -> Enscape Objects.

Keep your model clean

Keep your model clean by taking out extra geometry and materials, since the lighter your model is, the better it will perform in both SketchUp and Enscape.

Use renderable proxies

Use renderable proxies within your SketchUp model, such as vegetation, and Enscape will transform them into high-polygon, detailed objects that look very realistic.

Use Enscape’s roughness map settings

Use Enscape’s roughness map settings to adjust the roughness of your materials and create realistic-looking surfaces, such as crisp reflections and matt surfaces.

For more tips on how to render in SketchUp, check out the ultimate guide to getting started with Enscape for SketchUp.

3 steps • approx 70 Minutes

3 Steps to get started

Follow these steps to get started with real-time visualization.

1. Get Enscape and install

Get Enscape

Download your 14-day free trial or subscribe for one of our plans. Install Enscape. It will then appear as a separate Menu within Revit on the left side.

2. Download the sample file

Enscape 3.1 Sample Project

Apartment of the 3.1 Release Project. Including Custom Assets and Textures.

3. Watch the video tutorial

What you’ll learn

  • How to navigate within Enscapes 3D renderings
  • Add lighting, materials and assets
  • Render scenes (single image & batch render)
Play the video62:00 mins

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Frequently asked questions

Enscape is designed to allow the process of rendering an image quick and easy. To begin, you must start the Enscape viewport, which can be done by clicking on the start button located on the toolbar. Read this article for a full overview.

Good modeling is fundamental to creating realistic renderings. It is a crucial aspect. No matter how awesome your rendering configuration is, if your model is of poor quality, your result will be as well. Read this article for a full overview.

With Enscape’s real-time technology, your project is visualized as a fully rendered 3D walkthrough that can be navigated and explored from every angle with the toggle between Fly and Walk mode with the spacebar. Read this article for an overview.

Enscape for Mac is now available. Plug Enscape directly into your SketchUp software and discover the ease and speed of an integrated design and visualization workflow. Visit this page for more information.

Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of getting started with Enscape for SketchUp or want more advanced tips, visit our Training Hub.


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