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Shaderlight gets top marks around the globe

7 December 2010

In less than two months since launch, ArtVPS' latest 3D rendering software Shaderlight has been snapped up by some of the leading design colleges around the world.

Shaderlight, a plug-in to Google’s 3D modelling tool SketchUp, will be incorporated into existing design programmes for both KLC School of Design college in Chelsea Harbour, London and The Florence Institute of Design International in Italy. The powerful combination of the two technologies will let students transform their concepts from simple 3D models into stunning, photorealistic images with ease.

ArtVPS has received further interest from colleges in Europe and across the States for Shaderlight, which transforms the 3D workflow for both students and teachers by removing the need to understand complex rendering packages that are costly and time consuming to teach.

Designer and Professor at The Florence Institute of Design Sekhar Roy said: “I have spoken to many colleges about the benefits of Shaderlight, one of which is now considering introducing SketchUp to courses so that Shaderlight can be taught! Shaderlight is going to truly effect the educational market as most students are looking for easy render solutions to bring their designs to another level”.

Marc DiDomenico at The Florence Institute of Design International said: “Our students have always had difficulties learning the Vray software because of its complicated settings and interface, even the Master students struggle. I really want them to be able to produce high quality renderings from the beginning, something that Shaderlight makes easy. We have purchased 33 licenses for three years to teach Shaderlight to the first level students, but we are looking to expand to other classes in the future".

Simon Dodsworth, director of interior design at KLC, believes that Shaderlight will give students the edge: “At KLC, our focus is on equipping our students with the tools, skills and portfolios that they need to work in the ever competitive world of interior design. As such we have been using Google SketchUp for some time as a simple and effective way to translate their ideas into 3D. Shaderlight takes us one step further, allowing our students to create high quality, impactful visuals. These skills will help draw attention to their work and give them the skills necessary to wow their future clients”.

Kate Marshall, marketing director at ArtVPS, said: “Shaderlight has been a resounding success since its launch in October, attracting large numbers of architects and designers across the globe. Its simplicity and high quality results make it the perfect tool for students in these disciplines. We are really pleased to be working with KLC and Florence Institute of Design International and looking forward to increasing our customer base in this key market”.

Fully integrated in to SketchUp and SketchUp Pro, Shaderlight is an interactive renderer that allows the user to see their image develop on screen as they continue to work. The software includes simple material and lighting controls that deliver professional results without the associated learning curve.

For more information or to download Shaderlight for free, go to: After. 14 days of full access to the Pro features you will still be able to render using the free software or upgrade to Pro for $199. If you are a student, make sure you enquire about our student pricing which starts at just $30.