Turn your SketchUp models into photorealistic renderings with Shaderlight


DynaScape is pleased to announce our new partnership with ArtVPS, the makers of the Shaderlight plug-in for Google SketchUp. Shaderlight transforms SketchUp and DS|Sketch3D models into attractive and professional-looking photorealistic renderings. This partnership makes DynaScape an official reseller of Shaderlight and allows us to offer this exceptional rendering plug-in directly to our customers.

Last year, we brought 3-dimensional design to our landscape customers with the release of our DS|Sketch3D software. An add-on to Google SketchUp, DS|Sketch3D allows DynaScape users to transform their drawings from 2D to 3D with the aid of over one thousand landscape-specific 3D models of trees, shrubs, palms, perennials, rocks, ponds, pools and other landscape structures.

The 3D models that the combination of SketchUp and DS|Sketch3D produces are a powerful selling tool for any landscape company that wants to showcase its designs in their full 3-dimensional glory. Customers can see exactly how their new property will look with 3D representations of all of your design ideas , from various viewing angles.

Shaderlight adds the final masterful touch to a DS|Sketch3D SketchUp model by applying “photorealistic rendering” to the model. Photorealistic rendering is the process of converting a model into what looks almost like an actual photograph, in part by simulating how natural or artificial light will affect the various objects in the 3D model, and how all objects and surfaces will interact with that light at different times of the day. It’s a process that requires a mind-bogglingly complex series of algorithms for tracing light rays through a 3D model, but the results look anything but computer-generated. With their realistic shadows, consistent light angles and uncannily accurate pool reflections, Shaderlight’s renderings look very much like actual photographs. They bring a landscape design’s appearance as close as possible to real without actually building the site.

“This partnership with Shaderlight is the natural next step for us at DynaScape,” says Product Manager Len Hordyk of the deal with ArtVPS. “Just as Color was the logical next step to transform Design output from black and white to full color, and DS|Sketch3D was the perfect enhancement to add the third dimension to those designs, Shaderlight now brings the level of professionalism of our customers’ designs up yet another notch. We’ve been working with Shaderlight since the development of version 2.0 in 2011, which incorporated a number of DS|Sketch3D’s tree models in the unique ‘Replace Me’ feature. This enables users to easily render detailed models without the associated slow down when using large amounts of geometry. Most importantly, Shaderlight renders DS|Sketch3D’s vegetation models extremely well.”

To purchase the Shaderlight Pro plug-in ($299.00) please call us at 1-800-710-1900 Ext. 2, or email us at sales@dynascape.com.