Thea for SketchUp

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Why Thea for SketchUp?

Thea for SketchUp is a combination of powerful rendering engines of Thea with the simplicity of SketchUp. Having biased, unbiased and interactive render modes including GPU support at your fingertips, inside SketchUp view, is a joyful experience. The plugin lets you enrich your models with highly detailed three dimensional content, breaking old limitations related to handled model complexity.


With Thea for SketchUp you are able to adjust the Global Medium of your scene, via the settings at the Environment tab. A new Fog Preset allows to control the fog density, its base and top level positions and create unique photorealistic renders. Additionally, there is also a new Cloud Material Preset for adding volumetric effects on defined solid groups or components.  We have also prepared a blog article with two example scenes explaining the new fog functionality. Find more details here.

Thea for SketchUp allows you to run interactive render either inside Thea window or directly inside SketchUp view, a feature that we call Interactive Render Overlay. Additionally, with the use of Interactive Region Rendering a desired part of SketchUp view can be selected and being rendered providing ultra fast feedback for complex scenery. It is a valuable help in the workflow as it gives you an immediate visualization of geometry modifications, environment, depth of field, reflections, light distribution, material properties and external Thea models in a scene.

  • Instancing of External Models (as Proxies)
  • Point (Omni/Spot/IES), Area & Environmental Lighting
  • Advanced Camera Settings
  • Integrated & External Thea Material Editor
  • Darkroom with Multiple Controls and Render Channels
  • Cross-Platform (MS Windows / Mac OSX)
  • Saving Thea Settings with SketchUp Scenes
  • Export of SketchUp Scene to Thea Studio
  • Render Animations

Thea for SketchUp provides a solution that overcomes limitations in terms of complexity of the final model. High quality external Thea models can be inserted as an empty wireframe box. In a rendered image, they will be translated into very detailed originals. This allows an easy population of your model with impressively looking trees, grass, cars and detailed furniture. There are already a few libraries of render ready objects.

Thea for SketchUp lets you benefit from full Thea Material Editor, which supports all kinds of layering, tone-mapping, displacement, light emittance and procedural textures. Additionally, Thea libraries can be found inside SketchUp Paint Bucket (in SketchUp Material format) and inside Content Browser for applying Thea materials easily and directly!"Convert Thea Material(s) to SKM" tool helps you convert your own libraries. Licensed users can download additional libraries, in both Thea format and SketchUp materials format. Moreover, you can choose one of the available Thea material presets (they also come with useful parameters that let you adjust their properties).

Thea for SketchUp makes it possible for user to export the scene to Thea Standalone Studio and take advantage of additional staging tools. Using the 64-bit Studio (currently available on Windows / Linux), one can render heavy scenery in very high resolutions without RAM limitation.

Thea for SketchUp comes with User Interface & User Manual translations in the following languages: 

  • de English
  • de German
  • es Spanish
  • fr French
  • it Italian
  • ja Japanese
  • ko Korean
  • pt br Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • zh cn Chinese (Simplified)

We have been working closely with third party SketchUp plugins developers, in order to make Thea for SketchUp compatible with them and achieve better and faster workflow for the end user.  Among others, Thea Render is working with Laubwerk Player, Skatter Plugin and Skalp for SketchUp

Animation plugins, such as Fredo6 Animator, SketchyPhysics and MSPhysics have a dedicated support as well in Thea for SketchUp. 


Section Cuts are now supported in SketchUp 2014 (and newer versions). The Section Cuts allow you to cut through buildings and rooms leaving the interior lighting the same, as the external walls would be still in place.

Section Cuts

Many SketchUp users posses exceptional post-processing skills. Thea for SketchUp allows rendering a model with multiple images containing separate channels, popularly called "passes". Those channels may include, for example, shadow, depth, direct light, transparency and reflection information. Combining them in an artistic way gives full control over the final image and lets you create otherwise-hard-to-achieve effects.

Thea for SketchUp lets you render a model using a camera with spherical projection. The resulting image will be a panorama that can by viewed by an external program or a web application. It is especially valuable for presenting interiors to clients. It gives an excellent impression of a proposed solution.

Thea for SketchUp is able to render animation as it is visible in a SketchUp view. All animation plugins that show their output directly in SketchUp window, while a built-in scene animation is being played, are supported.



Download for Windows

System Requirements: Windows Vista/7/8, SSE2 CPU, for Presto GPU: Nvidia CUDA graphics card (Compute Capability 2.0 or higher)
SketchUp 6, 7, 8, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (Make or Pro)


Download for MacOSX

System Requirements: MacOSX 10.6 and above, Intel CPU, for Presto GPU: Nvidia CUDA graphics card (Compute Capability 2.0 or higher)
SketchUp 6,  7, 8, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (Make or Pro)

Download Resources

              Tutorials               Materials (+library in skm format)

Links above contain bundle installers for Thea Render and Thea for SketchUp. For more download options, please visit this page.





Superior Image Quality

In every work involving visualization, the natural way of lighting and physically correct materials play the most important role. Thea Render light simulation and our unique material system ensure that all your images will take advantage of these essential qualities. No matter whether you render a simple interior design or a detailed product presentation with complex materials the image will tell a whole story for itself. You can focus on your artistic expression while Thea will take care of the final result.


Thea for SketchUp Bundle contains Thea Render and Thea for SketchUp Plugin. Thea Render is Developed and Manufactured by Solid Iris Technologies. Thea Render is Copyright © Solid Iris Technologies.
Thea for SketchUp Plugin is Developed by Tomasz Marek and Manufactured by Solid Iris Technologies. Thea for SketchUp Plugin is Copyright © Solid Iris Technologies. SketchUp is Copyright © Trimble.


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