Using SketchUp for interior design

I love hearing about how companies are using SketchUp in their work more and more often, and Alexander James International is a great example of that. Recently featured in the Google SketchUp Blog, AJI is an interior design firm that specializes in hotels and leisure.
Over the years, their use of of SketchUp has grown and they now consider SketchUp Pro and Shaderlight to be essential tools. Shaderlight, for those unfamiliar with it, is a great tool to take your SketchUp models and make them look amazingly realistic. For example, check out the rendering below from AJI of a restaurant that they modeled (via SketchUp, through Shaderlight, then tweaked in Photoshop):


The results are stunning, and the ability to create beautiful renders like that is a big reason that SketchUp is becoming as popular as it is lately.
Have you used Shaderlight on any of your models to increase their realism? Share them with us, as we’d love to see them!

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. LOve to see that the Magic Tool is being used in such varied ways. Hope to see SketchUp in more flourish. Best of luck

  2. This is totally awesome yet very helpful when you are trying to build a structure of a home, buildings or commercial place. The best thing about SketchUp is that you can already see how the interior of the structure would look like. It is much better because you can look at the design in different angles, like a 3D movie unlike in 2D sketches which is difficult to comprehend.

  3. Shaderlight is a useful tool, but still doesn’t compare to real lighting rig.

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