Features and Specifications

There is really only one choice of renderer for SketchUp


Shaderlight is now available for both Mac and Windows and will run with both SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make. For the best results run Shaderlight with the latest version of SketchUp but Shaderlight will run with Windows 8.1 or Mac OS X or later.

Interactive rendering

  • Shaderlight gives you a choice of rendering modes to optimise your workflow. Choose from progressive rendering with auto-updates for interactive feedback, on demand updates or single (tiled) mode to render at full quality.

Simple interface

  • Our close integration with SketchUp will make you feel right at home - render directly from your SketchUp toolbar, there’s no need to import your model first.

Replace Me 

  • Shaderlight’s fantastic new Replace Me feature lets you render detailed models without filling your SketchUp scene with geometry.  Choose from our library of Replace Me models or create your own with the Replace Me creator plugin.

Light fixture library

  • It’s now even easier to create real world lighting using Shaderlight ready light fixtures with embedded IES files to give you the exact light and shadow detail the manufacturer intended.

Refine your image

  • Even when rendering you remain in control. Use zoom and pan to explore the detail of your image or capture your work in progress renders with the 'snapshot' feature

Real world effects

  • Add accurate materials and textures to your 3d model with simple presets direct from SketchUp, then use the adjustable settings to get the perfect finish.

Accurate lighting

  • Illuminate your scene using SketchUp's sun, image based lighting or our physical sky. For realistic interiors simply add a point, spot, area, portal or IES light from Shaderlight's simple light editor.

Photoreal finish

  • It's never been simpler to show your 3d model in its real-life setting using image based lighting or physical sky and your own background image.  Professional lighting images and backgrounds are included in Shaderlight Pro.

Scene animation

  • Create photorealistic animations direct from SketchUp with this brand new feature available in Shaderlight Pro.

Presentation tools

  • Render plans, elevations and isometric viewpoints or choose Chalk Render mode to produce form studies for a quick, clear presentation of your design intent.

Scatter support

  • Using Skatter's Render Only option, an almost unlimited number of object instances can be rendered in Shaderlight without bogging down SketchUp. Instead of creating all of the instances within SketchUp, Skatter will send the specifications for the instances directly to Shaderlight.

Multi platform

  • Whether you’re on a Mac or a PC, running SketchUp Free or Pro, if you’re modelling in SketchUp then you can render with Shaderlight. 

Download Shaderlight now

The latest version of Shaderlight for SketchUp is available to download now.  So what are you waiting for, download Shaderlight for FREE and start rendering.


The system requirements for Shaderlight for SketchUp will be no more than that required to run SketchUp however we recommend at least 8GB RAM and 2 GHz quad core processor.  See the full system requirements.