Make your SketchUp models more realistic with Maxwell

For those of you that have been rendering for years, you know the name Maxwell. Using their Render Suite, which connects to SketchUp, you can create some amazingly realistic models. The problem has been that you were required to have the full Maxwell Render Suite, which is fairly expensive but produces amazing results.


The great news is that they’ve just released “Maxwell for Google SketchUp” — and it’s free! It works on both Windows and Mac and it works with both SketchUp and SketchUp Pro. Here’s a quick video showing how it works:

If generating photorealistic models from SketchUp is something you’re looking to do, you should also check out the Shaderlight and LumenRT plug-ins. For more about Maxwell, check out their Maxwell for SketchUp page or read more about this new plug-in on the Google SketchUp Blog.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Sketchup is amazing.
    Joe Myers
    Twitter: @AboutProtandim
    Watch the 4 minute video about Protandim, you will be glad you did!

  2. Why is it that Vray For sketchup is not mentioned among the other render-plugins? This is not the first time i’ve encountered this on plugin-list on other sites as well. Is there something that makes Vray for Sketchup not the same as the others?

  3. Brad Naksuthin says:

    If you don’t want to spend the money for a fully functional photorealistic program for you sketchup model, try Kerkythea
    It’s totally free and there are lots of people who make nice looking material for it.

  4. Sorry for asking… since I’m new to modeling, but is there some plugin that exports your sketchup model with shaders to make it look photo realistic(as the photo) in itself wherever it may be imported to something like unity.

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