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This section contains links to Geometry objects and tools in V-Ray for SketchUp.

 

Overview


V-Ray for SketchUp adds a number of geometry objects and tools for use with V-Ray. See the links below for more information.

Geometry objects and tools are available from a number of places in the user interface.

Each of the V-Ray geometry types has their respective icon. Clipper and Fur can be turned off/on by clicking on their respective icons.

 

 

UI Paths


 

||V-Ray Asset Editor|| > Geometry (right-click)

||V-Ray Asset Editor|| > Create Asset (left-click)> Geometries

 

 ||V-Ray Objects Toolbar|| > V-Ray Objects

 

||Extensions|| > V-Ray > V-Ray Objects

 

  • Creating a geometry item from the Asset Editor does not create it automatically into the viewport. You can find the item in SketchUp's Components list and add it to the scene from there.

  • Creation of geometry is available from two places in the Asset Editor: the Create Asset button and the Geometry category icon (top). If the Geometry category is empty, left-clicking the icon prompts you to create a new asset. Otherwise, it selects the category in which case, right-click opens the creation menu.

  • The Asset creation dropdown lists remain active when the Ctrl key is held, allowing the creation of multiple assets in quick succession. The Asset creation dropdown lists can be activated via the Create Asset button or the Asset Category icons. 

  • V-Ray tool selection exposes hints in the SketchUp Instructor Panel. It works for IES Scene Interaction Tools, Infinite Plane, and Lights - Omni, Rectangle, Spot, Dome, and Sphere.

 

 

Virtual Geometry


V-Ray provides a number of tools that create geometry loaded in the scene at render time, which does not weigh to the scene.

 

 

 

Notes


  • When exporting a project from SketchUp to LayOut, you may want to hide the V-Ray objects (proxies, lights, fur, clipper, and infinite plane) exposed in the viewport. This is possible by using the Hide V-Ray Widgets button in the V-Ray toolbar.
  • A Reset option is provided in the context menu of each Number Slider. You can reset the slider value to the default one.
  • Most numeric V-Ray parameters come with a slider to make fine-tuning easier. Each slider is set to a default range of recommended or commonly used values. If a value above that range is used the slider adapts by increasing its range accordingly (2x the input value) to maintain usability. If a value below the current slider range is used, the slider again adjusts its range by shrinking it to twice the amount of the input value.
  • The slider range does not indicate the parameter's total minimum and maximum input values. The absolute minimum and maximum values of each parameter can be found by hovering over its spinbox.

  • Memory usage can be viewed from the Stats section of the new V-Ray Frame Buffer.

  • The Select Objects in Scene option allows selection and multi-selection of components and groups in the viewport.