You won’t believe these SketchUp renderings aren’t real photos

If you’ve used Google SketchUp before, you’ve likely heard of Maxwell — a photo renderer that works inside of SketchUp and makes your models photo-realistic. We have talked about Maxwell before, as the resulting images can be stunningly realistic.
They recently held a contest to see who could create the best render and the results were amazing! The winner of the “Licensed Category” was Brodie Geers with this image:


The winner of the “Free Category” was Arcen Dockx with this image:

The images are all unbelievable, and it gives us some idea of how great the models in Google Earth may look some day. I encourage you to view the full results on the Google SketchUp blog, as all of the submissions were truly amazing.

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. Congratulations to both of the winners.

  2. Congratulations to both of the winners.

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