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Thea for SketchUp is a high-end, fast render plugin for SketchUp Pro. It combines the powerful Thea rendering engines with the simplicity of SketchUp. Having biased, unbiased and interactive render modes including GPU support at your fingertips, inside SketchUp view, rendering is a joyful experience. Thea has got a built-in online library and is compatible with Extensions as Skatter and Skalp.



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With Thea Render you can switch between different render engines. From 'Quick 'n Dirty' to slow but accurate.


Preview the composition, materials and lights in your scene interactively, either inside the dedicated Thea window or directly inside SketchUp view!


Thea Render has several advanced features such as an extensive material editor, dark room for light adjustments, render channels, dispersion, depth of field and much more!


Thea Render is equipped with the following functionalities to offer you the highest level of rendering.

Complete Feature List
  • Interactive Viewport Rendering witht Overlay
    Thea for SketchUp interactive render mode allows you to preview the composition, materials and lights in your scene interactively, either inside the dedicated Thea window or directly inside SketchUp view in Overlay or Blending mode. With the use of Interactive Region Rendering a desired part of SketchUp view can be selected for focusing render effort.
  • Advanced Materials
    Thea for SketchUp lets you benefit from the powerful Thea Material Editor which supports physically-based materials and layering, lighting emittance, displacement and alpha mapping. Additionally, with the use of Thea Content Browser you can have access to an increasing variety of ready-to-use high quality Thea materials and apply them easily to your models.
  • External Models
    Thea for SketchUp provides a solution that overcomes limitations in terms of complexity of the final model. High quality external Thea models can be inserted as empty wireframe boxes inside SketchUp viewport and, in the rendered image, be translated into highly detailed originals, allowing easy population of impressively looking trees, grass, cars and more.
  • Section Cuts
    With Thea for SketchUp you are able to render Sections, without any modification of your model. It allows you to take a “look inside” while geometry is still contributing to reflections and light bounces. This way the lighting in the model is not altered which is beneficial for illumination design.
  • Animation
    With the use of Thea for SketchUp, any animation can be rendered as seen in the SketchUp view. This means that it supports all animation plugins that show their output directly in the view, during animation play-back along with physics animation plugins, like MSPhysics.
  • Panoramic Images
    With Thea for SketchUp you are able to render your scene using camera with spherical projection. The resulting image will be a panorama that can be viewed on a VR headset, by an external program or a web application. It is especially valuable for presenting interiors to clients as it gives an excellent impression of the proposed solutions.
  • Content Browser
    With the use of Thea Content Browser you are able to browse from within SketchUp all Thea materials, models, skies and proxies found in your folders. You can then easily apply a material or insert a model inside your scene with the click of a button!
  • And much more
    • Dark Room for editing light sources afterwards
    • Render channels for fascinating effects
    • Sky Dome for manually setting the sun
    • Artificial Lights: point light, spots, IES, projector, mesh light and face light
    • HDRI / Image Based Lighting
    • Dispersion
    • Rendering of the whole spectre
    • Depth-of-field and Motion Blur
    • Volumetric rendering
    • Two point perspective for architectural designs
    • Subsurface scattering
    • Thin film
    • Clay Rendering
    • Fur
    • Batch Rendering



System Requirements



  • Windows 7 to 10 - 64 Bit
  • SketchUp 2019 and later

System Requirements:

  • Intel i7 4-Core processor or higher
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Video card 2+ GB 100% OpenGL*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function

Video card

* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. We do recommend video cards with an Nvidia RTX chip. These cards support OpenGL very well and have qualitative drivers.



  • macOS 10.13 - 10.15
  • SketchUp 2019 and later

System Requirements:

  • Intel i7 4-Core processor or higher
    Please note: Thea Render is not yet compatible with the Apple M1 processor!
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Video card 2+ GB 100% OpenGL*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function


* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. For Apple we recommend video cards compatible with a recent version of OpenGL. Integrated chip sets are not supported.



At this moment, there is no Linux version of Thea Render available



Commercial Licenses

Thea Render for SketchUp - 1-Year floating license

Thea Render for SketchUp - 3-Year floating license

€ 249,- excl. VAT

€ 599,- excl. VAT

Educational Licenses


You can buy Thea Render through one of our dedicated resellers:

Thea for SketchUp History

New in Thea for SketchUp v3 (March 2021)
  • Relight Editor
    Relight allows the user to create infinite images from a single render. When Relight is enabled, every light in the scene can then be modified (intensity, color and status) and create different lighting setups in post production. Every Relight setup can be saved in the Relight Editor panel as a Snapshot and then loaded back to the Darkroom for further editing or exported to an image file.
  • Intel® Open Image Denoiser
    The Intel Open Image Denoiser is now integrated inside Thea Render. The AI-accelerated denoiser provides high quality noise free images and runs on the CPU.
  • Interactive Denoising
    Denoising with both Intel’s and NVIDIA’s AI denoisers is also supported during an interactive rendering session.
  • Support for NVIDIA® CUDA® 11
    Thea Render makes use of the latest NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit which introduces support for the NVIDIA Ampere architecture.
  • Adaptive Tracing
    Adaptive Tracing is a technique that solves difficult lighting scenarios, such as caustics from point lights, sun pool caustics and diffuse interreflections. This results in images with a higher dynamic range and lighting effects that were previously impossible.
  • Random Color Texture
    Random color is a procedural texture that can be used to add variation to your instanced models and create rich looking images for grass, bushes, trees, wooden floors and more.
  • Local Proxy Material Editing
    Thea Proxy materials can now be edited with the Material Editor with a click of a button.
  • Better refresh of high resolution production renders
    High resolution images refresh now faster without locking the interface.
  • Optimized Glare
    Glare is now multithreaded and CPU/GPU accelerated, making it a lot faster.
  • Faster interactive scene updates
    Geometry heavy scenes perform faster during interactive rendering and object translation is now a lot faster.
  • More updates
    • Support for Lindalë Skatter™ v2
    • Out-of-core Rendering
    • Multithreaded export
    • HDR Region Render
    • Enhanced Channels
    • Improved interactiveness
    • UI Improvements
New in Thea for SketchUp v2 (July 2018)


User cases, video's, manuals, tutorials and more. Everything you need to get you started with Thea Render.


Got more out of Thea for SketchUp with the following add-on(s).

Laubwerk 3D Plants & Trees

Laubwerk 3D Plants & Trees


See below the various applications and examples of Thea Render in practice.

User Case: Duane Kemp

User Case: Duane Kemp


The newest Thea Render video tutorials to get you started.

Content Browser


Camera & Batch Rendering

Thea Toolbar & License Activation

Quick Tip - The Control Bar

Quick Tip - Rendering in Full Resolution

Quick Tip - Thea Cursor

Custom Presets: Adaptive BSD Engine

Quick Tip - Light Tool

Depth of Field

Thea for SketchUp v2 - Getting Started


More Info?

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