Raylectron Render
A simple, fast and powerful photorealistic rendering and animation plugin for Sketchup.
  • Modern house in Peru - Model by Erick Abdre Rivero Zanatta
  • Modern Eco House - Model by Romain Demerville
Raylectron Render

New Release of Raylectron version 4.

Raylectron is an affordable, simple, fast and a powerful Sketchup render plugin. It will change your 3D models into a photo-realistic image.

Professional artists, hobbyist or anyone who creates 3D designs and wishes to turn their models into photorealism presentations, and/or to view their models in 3D stereo as if they were real, now have the opportunity to use Raylectron. 

Raylectron already contain just about all the settings to fine tune the output, therefore, no further processing by other software is required.

The material editor is simple, yet powerful. Any materials can produce different effects, such as reflection (like mirror), refraction (like glass), transparency, glossiness, shininess, bump maps, normal maps and background images. Create your own grass & fur. Shadows are not fake or simulated like "Soft shadows". Caustics are also real, not fake or simulated. 

Create your own animation which give you a hands-free tour of a model.

Raylectron utilize all the CPU cores and threads (user selectable) to render as fast as possible and new GPU version available.

Some of the unique features:

  • Render OBJ files.
  • Ability to create Grass & Fur, such as landscape, hay, carpet, hair, fabric such as sofa, chairs, and so on, any texture with a fur/thread like material.
  • Create your own animation.
  • Fix Reversed Face Material tool.
  • Start/Stop lets you fine-tune your lights/materials and camera position.
  • Ability to stop the render, save it, reopen it later and resume the render.
  • Rotate, pan, zoom, modify the materials and lights right from the Raylectron viewer.
  • No need to remove walls to see the interior render, simply use the X-Ray vision.
  • Render Stereo Vision (also called stereopsis or 3-D imaging).
  • There are also four types of light source. The sun, the sky, environment maps and any materials set as a light source (emitter) with settings for the power and coverage angle.
  • Save as transparent background so you can use the images on any background you like, including on web sites.
  • Support HDR maps and can save the rendered image as an HDR, it can also save in jpg, png and many other formats.
  • Instancing of components and groups allow you to duplicate any component or group without increasing the poly count and memory usage.
  • It works entirely inside Sketchup, and the rendering process free Sketchup so you can continue working on your model.
  • Network render. Unlimited number of nodes and very easy to setup.
  • GPU Acceleration
  • Plus many more features...

 * The images above are raw output from Raylectron render, no other software such as Photoshop was used.

Visit our website for more information such as tutorials, downloads, before and after screenshots, support....



Yes, please make available for Mac.

Nathan from www.itsupportraleigh.org

I am very happy with this rendering extension. Like any new tool it takes some education to get the most out of it but it is economical, powerful, and the results really justify the effort. What really stood out for me and made me stick with the learning curve was the very outstanding support offered by SoftByte Labs. They showed immense patience and made a real effort to get me through a few initial hiccups with my GPU.

Onik E's picture

Hey, I have problem with transparent textures, how to fix that?

SoftByte Labs.'s picture

Hi, this is not the right place for this, please visit our forum...


M.A. S's picture

Waiting for Mac version...

Jorge L.'s picture


SoftByte Labs.'s picture

Yes eventually, but not anytime soon.

Carlos M's picture

Thanks, I will try to make a emitter.

max s's picture

Come on now, make this for all platforms that run Sketchup!

Sergio S's picture

I agree!!! Mac bro!!! :)

SoftByte Labs.'s picture

I know :)

Carlos M's picture

The plugin despite appearing on the toolbar, not listed as installed extension for Extension Warehouse in my account.
During installation I do not know if I did wrong, for direct installed the downloaded file.
The warehouse Extension should do this as well as other extensions?
Use SketchUp Free Make. I can not change the type of artificial light in interiors.
I appreciate a brief response.

SoftByte Labs.'s picture

When installing Raylectron, it gives you a choice of installed Sketchup versions to select. If you have done it that way, it's correct and it should be listed in the extension list because Raylectron does register itself with Sketchup when it loads and if it didn't, and error would show. I basically have no idea why it isn't listed for you. It is not an rbz file because Raylectron is a standalone application that can be used to load and render OBJ models as well, and to re-load previously exported models from Sketchup.

As for the artificial lights, you need to make one or more material an emitter and apply that material to your light object such as a light bulb, a rectangle etc. You can name the material in Sketchup to start with Emitter, as in Emitter #1, Emitter ceiling, Emitter bedroom and Raylectron will automatically know it's a light. You can also make an emitter in Raylectron, once your model load, go to the material editor and either right click on the model to select the material at the point you clicked, or, select the material from the list, then click on the "Convert this material" drop down list and select Emitter. You may need to turn on artificial lights afterwards. Make sure you orient the emitting face properly or select Front or Back as the emitting face.

SoftByte Labs.'s picture

Which version did you install because on ours, it does show in the Extension and can be disabled/enabled. To make lights, simply apply a material to an object or a face and name your material Emitter, Emitter Blue, Emitter (ceiling) or whatever you like as long as it begin with Emitter and Raylectron will use it as a light then you can change the light properties in the Raylectron material editor. Sorry for the late reply!

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Raylectron Render (4.99); January 2, 2018
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SoftByte Labs, Inc. was established on July 12, 1993 to develop customized software which he turned his experience and expertise into the 3D visualization field (photo-realistic image), which resulted in the creation of Raylectron render for Sketchup.
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