"Line Rendering with SketchUp and VRay"

Swarna Karmakar: Editor

Often do we hear this question? How do I do a line showing render? I have been trying out SketchUp for a few months now and people have been doing some renders that have only black lines on white background. Can you guys please help me? Today, we will try to answer this question.

In this article, we will handle how to make a line rendering from SketchUp and Vray.

We've imported a model from the 3D Warehouse to show you what steps you have to take. There are two significant strides to move toward this inquiry. Initially, we're demonstrating what you'll have to do in Sketchup.

Line Rendering with SketchUp and VRay

Make a Line Rendering with Sketchup

Window > Default Tray > Show Tray.

Open the default tray by exploring to "window" > "default tray" and select "show tray." You likewise need to ensure "styles" are checked.

Alter Style. Go to the "alter" tab of the "styles" dropdown in the default tray. Select the "faces" thumbnail so you can alter the model faces. At that point, under the "style" segment, select "show shaded utilizing all equivalent.

You may see that a portion of the faces seem white and some of them seem dim. This is on the grounds that Sketchup perceives both the front and rear of faces. To get a reliable look, you'll need to ensure all the faces are situated a similar way.

To fix this, double tap into the model and afterward right-click on the mistaken faces. Select "reverse faces." In certain regions, you may need to physically choose each face and reverse them separately.

Select Camera View.

When you have the entirety of the faces right, you'll need to spare another scene. Hit the "+" button at the base of the default tray. There will presently be a tab at the upper left of your screen that says "scene 1." Don't neglect to spare your model! 

Styles > Model Settings.

Return to the "styles" tab of the default tray to alter the line rendering settings. Under the "alter" segment, select "modeling settings." Uncheck "concealed geometry," "model tomahawks," "area cuts," "segment fills," and aides.

Update Style. Snap on the thumbnail picture legitimately underneath the "styles" tab to refresh the style.


Snap on the "edge" thumbnail under the "style" tab. From here you can choose what settings you need to incorporate. "Edges" are basically the framework of your model. "Back edges" incorporate a ghosted picture of the rear of your model. "Profiles" thicken the lines. For the present, we simply chose "edges" and "profiles.

File > Export > 2D Graphic.

When you have the entirety of the settings chose, you can export your file. Go to "file" > "export" and select "2D Graphic." Type for the sake of your file and snap "export." 

Make a Line Rendering with Vray

On the off chance that you need to take your file to the following level, you can utilize Vray (or actually some other rendering programming) and Photoshop to overlay the linework on a rendering. Snap on the "render intuitive" button in Sketchup to open Vray.

Settings > Material Override.

To dispose of the default materials, go to "settings" and snap on "material override." Click the slider so that "material override" is turned on and re-render the picture.

Open in Photoshop.

Snap on the thumbnail picture that peruses "duplicate current channel to clipboard." Open Photoshop and afterward open your PNG file.

Line Rendering with SketchUp and VRay

Make A New File.

Make another file in Photoshop and glue your Vray picture (that was duplicated to your clipboard) into the file.


Hit "ctrl" + "A" to duplicate the entirety of your line drawing. At that point go to the Vray rendering and hit "ctrl" + "V" to glue.


Change the mixing alternative of the line attracting layer to "increase." This will dispose of the white and permit the dark lines to sit on the render.


Hit "ctrl" + "T" to change the layer and adjust it to the rendering. On the off chance that you need, you can play around with the opacities of your two layers to get the look you're after.

In the event that you discovered this article accommodating, make certain to look at the remainder of our instructional exercises! What different sorts of renderings do you make with Sketchup and Vray? Tell us in the remarks!