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Architectural Visualization with V-Ray Next for SketchUp

A course by María Alarcón
Architect. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 11/22/2018
, Architect

Learn the basics of lighting, materials, and cameras to create realistic scenes quickly

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (392)
  • 12996 students
Architectural Visualization with V-Ray Next for SketchUp

Learn the basics of lighting, materials, and cameras to create realistic scenes quickly

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (392)
  • 12996 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 Lessons (1h 42m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

The work of architect María Alarcón can be summarized in one sentence: transforming spatial ideas into visual content. But, as easy as it may seem to define, her day-to-day work involves a range of techniques and disciplines that go from drawing sketches to developing realistic 3D images for architecture.

In this course, learn the basics of rendering a SketchUp architectural model using V-Ray Next. See how to use and edit V-Ray materials, learn how to position the camera and create scenes, and discover techniques for lighting the scene with artificial or natural light.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First contact with Vray in SketchUp
  • U3
    U3. Hit the 'render button"
  • U4
    U4. Last tips
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know Maria and her career, from its beginnings to today. Review some of her influences in the world of design, and take a look at a summary of what she teaches during the course.

Learn how to organize your SketchUp model to facilitate your workflow with V-Ray. Next, see how V-Ray works, its toolbars, and the main window, the Asset Editor. Finally, Maria explains how V-Ray's lights work.

In the next unit, see an example of how you can move from a SketchUp image to a more realistic image by positioning cameras, lighting, applying materials, and editing the image using the V-Ray viewer.

Finally, learn how to edit the image with a post-production program like Adobe Photoshop, and Maria recommends some tools for geolocating the model.

What is this course's project?

Create two architectural images, one interior and one exterior. For both, you will create day and night versions to work with natural and artificial light.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at architects, designers, interior designers, and, in general, anyone who uses SketchUp as a tool to work on their projects and who wants to be able to obtain quicker, more realistic images to present to their clients.

What you need

You'll need basic knowledge of how to use SketchUp and a computer with Sketchup 2020 and V-Ray Next installed.


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María Alarcón

A course by María Alarcón


María Alarcón is an architect specialized in 3D images and architectural visualizations. Her goal is to provide conceptual design services for projects using SketchUp and V-Ray tools while working with architectural projects and professional architectural visualizations.

Her clients are mainly architecture and design studios and real estate developers who hire her services to transform their ideas for spaces into visual content.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    First contact with Vray in SketchUp

    • Organization of the SketchUp model
    • Introduction to the Vray Next interface
    • Introduction to lighting tools
  • U3

    Hit the 'render button"

    • Position the camera, create scenes
    • Light up the scene
    • Apply Vray materials to the project
    • Edit the image through the Vray viewer
  • U4

    Last tips

    • Work the final image in Photoshop
    • Some recommended tools
  • FP

    Final Project

    • VRay with SketchUp

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Architectural Visualization with V-Ray Next for SketchUp. A 3D, Animation, Architecture, and Spaces course by María Alarcón Best Seller

Architectural Visualization with V-Ray Next for SketchUp

A course by María Alarcón
Architect. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 11/22/2018
  • 96% Positive reviews (392)
  • 12996 students