Camera Tab


Adjust the resolution of the rendered image by modifying the width and height settings. Please note that the interactive rendering modes use the entire main window of the plug‐in, and that they render at exactly the same resolution. The plus and minus buttons increase and decrease the current resolution twofold. Toggle the portrait/landscape button to change the orientation of the rendered image.

Aspect Ratio

This setting controls the proportions of the final rendered image.
SU Window ‐ Use the same aspect ratιo as the model view in SketchUp.
Thea Window ‐ Use the current proportions of the main render view.
4:3 ‐ Use for older monitors with a resolution of 800x600, 1024x768, or 1600x1200.
16:9 ‐ Use for newer wide screen monitors with a resolution of 1600x900 or 1920x1080.
2:1 ‐ Use when creating a panoramic spherical or hemispherical image.

Tip: Use the "link" icon to lock the aspect ratio to the current one.


Projection: Select Standard to project the rendered image in the same way as in SketchUp (perspective or orthogonal), or choose from Spherical or Cylindrical projection. Spherical projection creates panoramic renderings that can be viewed in external programs; the correct aspect ratio for a spherical image is 2:1.
Shutter speed (motion blur): You can reconfigure the diaphragm of the camera by selecting between Circular or Polygonal and defining the number of blades. This influences depth of field and motion blur.

Depth of Field

Adjust the depth of field either by modifying the 'f‐number' of the camera lens or the Sharpness % (percentage of blurriness of the rendered image).
Sharpness: Lower values result in swallower Depth of Field.
f‐number: Lower values result in swallower Depth of Field. Setting this value to Pinhole will make the image sharp, removing the effect.
Auto Focus: Automattically bring objects 'in focus' when possible. Thea will use the center of the image to set the focus distance.
Focus Distance: To display the manual focus distance, click the 'Set' button and select a point on the model; this value is ignored when 'Auto Focus' is enabled.


You can enable "Near Distance" or "Far Distance" vertical clipping by entering the distance in meters. This way you can create vertical cuts that, for example, let you see inside a room without having to cut a wall.

Level Camera

Click on this button to level the camera without changing its position, which is especially helpful when creating a panoramic image.

Scene Settings

This lets you associate the Thea Render settings with SketchUp scenes/pages. It works the same way as the scene setting do in SketchUp. They are loaded automattically when a scene is selected. To save the settings, select the scene name from the list, select the setting types you want to save, and click the 'Save' button.
Available options are: Camera, Display, Sky/IBL, and Render settings. A green dot indicates the scene contains the setting.