You're blocking ads, which pay for BlenderNation. Read about other ways to support us.

Render like SketchUp


Learn how to render images like Google Sketchup in this tutorial by
KatsBits writes:

It looks more complicated than it is to render a Scene or set of Objects in Blender so the resulting images looks like they've been rendered in SketchUp. As this is a 'render' and not a screen-grab of the 3DView, it means the scene and objects therein need to be properly lit and materials correctly set up (see below for written details) to get the right results.


About Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Note about edge rendering: The lower clipping value of the camera has a similar affect to the "treshold" value. Rendering soft surfaces without getting lines all over the place can take some tweaking...

  2. So, Blender can look like Sketchup now.. but can Sketchup look like Blender! > 8D

    btw, pretty cool, definitively i can see uses for it..

  3. Hmm.. but it is not a clear outline. Blender rocks, but its usability in fields such as architecture or product design would increase thousenfold if it did render clear hidden line drawings... plus possible to save as line drawings (svg, dxf).. with preserved blender units. Thank you  :) 

  4. This is what I wish solid shading mode looked like in Blender. Just a nice, clean view of the geometry of your scene with defined edges and no distracting material colors or specular settings.

  5. Nice tutorial.  The sketchy look is important in architectural design.  It tells the client you are still not finished.  If the image was photoreal it creates an implied contract with the client that the finished building or space will match the rendered colours and textures which is not a good thing.

Leave A Reply

To add a profile picture to your message, register your email address with To protect your email address, create an account on BlenderNation and log in when posting a message.