Enscape for Sketchup
3D Renderings are becoming more and more realistic with every passing year, to a level where in some cases, even the sharpest eye can’t tell the difference between a real-time photograph and a computer generated render. In the coming years these renders are only going to become more and more realistic blurring the lines between the virtual and the physical world.
Sketchup has been by far the most widely used 3D creation and rendering software in the field of architecture and design. Although what sketchup lacks in rendering features it makes up in its easy to learn and user friendly interface for 3D design creation. For this very reason there are various other software created specifically for the purpose of rendering, some of which are an extension of sketchup, while some are individual software that perfectly support the designs created in sketchup.
One of the fairly new rendering software, first launched in 2015, Enscape has quickly become a favourite among 3D visualizers and designers. With the latest version being Enscape 3.4, it brings you updates to existing features so you can further enhance your designs and streamline your workflow.
Regarded as one of the best rendering plugins for Sketchup, it strikes the perfect balance between ease-of-use and a seriously impressive feature set. The Enscape for SketchUp plugin gives users the ability to create photorealistic renderings, animations, walk-throughs, fly-bys, and VR presentations. Atmospheric settings like clouds, time of day, white mode, and depth of field help users create emotionally compelling scenes.
Minimum System Requirements for Enscape
- Operating System: Windows 10 or higher. On Intel Macs only, Windows installed via Bootcamp
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA or AMD dedicated GPU with 4GB VRAM that supports Vulkan 1.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series / Quadro M series and newer
AMD Radeon RX 400 series / equivalent Radeon Pro series and newer
- VRAM: 4GB VRAM
How to Create a SketchUp Rendering in Enscape
- Using Enscape for SketchUp rendering provides you with an instant photorealistic snapshot of your 3D model.
- Once installed, Enscape will appear in SketchUp under the ‘Extensions’ tab on the menu bar. You can choose to either access the Enscape functions via this drop–down menu, or by activating the Enscape toolbar.
- With installation complete and your SketchUp project file open, it’s now possible to view your project in Enscape by clicking on the “Start Enscape” button. With the Enscape window open, you can instantly see any changes that you make to your SketchUp model.
- To create a rendering in SketchUp, click on the “Take Screenshot” or “Batch Rendering” button within the ‘Extensions’ tab, or the Enscape Capturing toolbar. It’s possible to batch render multiple views at the same time. You also have the option to adjust your image resolution size using one of the presets in the Enscape Visual Settings, or by choosing your own size up to 8192 x 8192px.
Features of Enscape for Sketchup
- Asset library
- Collaboration tools
- Export functions
- Real-time walk-through tours
- Virtual reality presentations
Pricing for Enscape
$67.90 per (Rs 5,392 INR) month for a full version license that users can share across multiple machines. It is $39.90 (Rs 3,168 INR) for a fixed-seat license tied to a single machine. There is also a 14-day free trial available.
Enscape Releases Support for SketchUp 2022
Real-time rendering and virtual reality are now available in SketchUp 2022 thanks to the release of Enscape 3.3
With Enscape 3.3, you can enjoy visualizing your projects directly within SketchUp 2022 and benefit from the newest features and functionality – including Site Context, Alpha Channel Export, and the new education-themed assets and materials.
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