Lumion for SketchUp

Feel the life in your SketchUp 3D models with Lumion rendering software

Lumion compatibility and real-time rendering for SketchUp

Lumion is made especially for architects who need a reliable tool to bring their SketchUp models to life. With broad compatibility and real-time rendering between Lumion and SketchUp, it’s easy to create a modeling-to-rendering workflow that is quick, productive and stress free.

So when you’re developing your model in SketchUp, you can always view it in Lumion’s beautiful environments complete with photorealistic climate conditions and natural lighting, interior and exterior furnishings from the Lumion content library and cutting-edge effects for a cinematic and emotional rendering style.

Why use Lumion for SketchUp?

  • Instantly create high-quality renders at any point in the process
  • Render your model in real-time with Lumion LiveSync
  • Breathe beauty, texture and realism into your design with 1,200+ Lumion materials
  • Easily create a real-life or conceptual setting with Lumion’s 5,600+ item content library
  • Create high-quality images in minutes; create videos in a few short hours
  • Create 360 panoramas for interactive presentations and VR

From SketchUp model to beautiful render

By pairing your SketchUp modeling with Lumion rendering, you can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to create beautiful images, videos and 360 panoramas of your designs.

Simply import your model, shape the surrounding landscape with intuitive tools, dress the building and other surfaces in high-quality materials that feel real, add interior and exterior objects to show a living environment, and then render a photorealistic or conceptual result.

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Two ways to import SketchUp models into Lumion

1. Real-time rendering with LiveSync

Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp is the free, real-time rendering plugin that seamlessly connects your SketchUp 3D model to a live Lumion project. Changes to your 3D model are immediately reflected in Lumion’s beautiful, fully-featured environments, giving you a window to your design as it would look in its real-life or conceptual setting.

You can download the free plugin from the SketchUp Extension Warehouse.

2. Export from SketchUp to Lumion

Lumion is compatible with almost all 3D design software programs and it offers seamless import of native SketchUp (.skp) files. If you need to export your model as a different file type, such as DWG, COLLADA or FBX, Lumion’s broad compatibility makes it easy to import all of your models into one Lumion project.

Need to make some alterations to your SketchUp design? With just a click, you can reload the model into your Lumion project without losing any of your previous work.

Tips & Troubleshooting

Did you know that you can also import the edges of your SketchUp model?
Or replace imported ‘proxy’ objects with objects from the Lumion library?

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish with your SketchUp-to-Lumion workflows, you can find helpful information on the Knowledge Base or get in touch with like-minded visualizers and architects from around the world through the Lumion Community.

*Model design in the header image by Terralite Design and Development.