Lumion for SketchUpNow with LiveSync
Lumion now offers easy real-time rendering for SketchUp.
Model your SketchUp design in a beautiful environment that’s so realistic, it’s like you’re pushing and pulling real-life buildings into shape.
Lumion is for architects who want a better way to work in SketchUp. With the new LiveSync, you can immediately set up a live, real-time visualization of your SketchUp model. Change the CAD model’s shape and you’ll see these changes taking place, in real-time, in Lumion’s breathtaking, lifelike environment.
Why use Lumion for SketchUp?
- Instant high-quality renders while you work
- Transform SketchUp materials into realistic materials
- Add people, cars, furniture, water, trees, weather and more
- Output high-quality renders, videos or 360 panoramas
- Add styles to your images with a single click
It’s easy to add style to your renders
No more hunting around for the right effects. Gone are the days of meticulously balancing sliders. Once you dress up your 3D model with Lumion materials and objects, just click the Styles Button and select an interior or exterior style. In an instant your design becomes a beautiful render with a carefully balanced effects combination.
Render right away, or personalize the style in minutes. Create a look that’s all your own with a workflow that’s faster than ever.
LiveSync for SketchUp feature highlights
- Point-of-view synchronization between SketchUp and Lumion
- The ability to add and save Lumion’s beautiful materials to your LiveSync project
- Real-time materials synchronization and visualization
- Automatic model importing into Lumion (no need to separately import a model)
Easy SketchUp rendering – export to Lumion tutorial
Lumion is compatible with almost all 3D design software tools and offers seamless import of SketchUp files. It accepts both native .SKP as well as other common 3D file formats, such as COLLADA (.DAE) and .FBX.
The tutorial on the right shows you how easy it is to import your SketchUp models into Lumion. It also shows how fast and simple it is to reload alterations.
Top 5 reasons architects use Lumion:
1. You can do it yourself!
Lumion enables anyone to create movies and images without any prior training. It’s a functional tool to make beautiful 3D renders yourself. You don’t need to outsource visualizations any longer. This saves you time and money. All you need is a 3D model and Lumion will take care of the rest. With Lumion you get years of experience of computer graphics experts presented in a way that’s easy to access. Lumion is compatible with all 3D design software programs, such as Revit, SketchUp and ArchiCAD.
2. Very fast results
With Lumion you can edit your work in real-time. Everything is designed to save you time. This means you can set up a visualization in just a few minutes and make fast alterations as you go. End results are rendered using GPU rendering technology. This ensures that your movies render in a fraction of the time required by other solutions. With the 3D rendering speed of Lumion you don’t need a render farm.
3. Big object and foliage library
Rendering is just one of the things necessary to create effective visualizations. To create wonderful visuals you also need beautiful skies, water, grass, materials, plants, people, trees and many other objects. Lumion includes a huge content library with tools, materials and artistic effects. Everything is perfectly integrated so you can immediately add trees, people and other content to breathe life, lighting and atmosphere into your visualizations.
4. Do new things with visualization
Traditionally visualization comes with many restrictions. Rendering takes a long time and software is almost always complex. Lumion completely turns this upside down by providing tools anybody can use. No training in graphics is required. Editing and rendering are almost instantaneous and this opens doors to new ways for your business to use the possibilities that visualization offers. For example, you can customize a video in real-time on the spot or you can add sketch effects to your visualization instantaneously with a click of your mouse, which immediately furnishes your work with a conceptual and artistic feel.
5. Create big visualizations
A lot of software struggles with large models or large areas. The unique technology of Lumion makes it very suitable for things like landscape visualization. Effortlessly, you can edit large areas and add literally tens of thousands of trees, plants or buildings. We get a lot of feedback from our users that Lumion currently is the only software in the world which allows you to effortlessly edit and render such large areas. We’ve even had examples of a whole towns visualized in Lumion!