Learn how to render your SketchUp plans to add a 3D effect.

What are the learning outcomes for this course?

  • Learn how to improve the overall visual aesthetics of a basic floor plan and elevation, using either Photoshop or GIMP (free image editing software, which is similar to Photoshop).
  • Add a 3D quality to your floor plan and elevation, by adding highlights and shadows in Photoshop or GIMP.  No complex rendering software required!
  • Transform your floor plan and elevation into a watercolour illustration.

Slide the arrows horizontally to view ‘Before’ and ‘After’ images of the SketchUp floor plan and elevation below (Photoshop).






Slide the arrows horizontally to view ‘Before’ and ‘After’ images of the SketchUp floor plan and elevation below (GIMP).






Who is the Target Audience?

  • This course is aimed at Interior Designers, Interior Design students, Interior Decorators, Interior Architects, Interior Stylists and Home Staging professionals, with beginner/intermediate knowledge of SketchUp.
  • Previous experience of Photoshop and/or GIMP is desirable, but not essential.
  • Register with the SketchUp Hub, for free access to one of the video tutorials for this course: ‘Enhancing SketchUp Floor Plans and Elevations – Introduction’! Go to the ‘Curriculum’ tab and scroll down to where the ‘Free’ label is, and click on the title of the video tutorial to view. Easy, peasy!

Professional Practice

  • This course will provide you with the necessary SketchUp and image editing skills to transform basic SketchUp floor plans and elevations into watercolour illustrations (including a 3D effect with shadows and highlights).  This will demonstrate a keen eye for detail, effective use of digital rendering techniques, a high level of creativity and professionalism, coupled with a strong brand identity.  These drawings will ultimately support your design processes and allow you to confidently communicate your design, as part of a client presentation.  Digital watercolour illustrations will allow you to present your ideas in a whimsical and artistic way, whilst retaining an efficient workflow in a professional design studio.  This course will also provide you with the ability to consider alternative options, without compromising on quality (Photoshop and/or GIMP).  The various styles produced are incredibly multi-functional and can be incorporated in online portfolios, social media marketing, website design, blog content and e-design services.


  • Once you purchase this course, you’ll automatically be entitled to two hours email support, which will expire 14 days after purchase.  Use this support to get additional help when navigating the online learning platform, or to request assistance (specific to the course that you have purchased).  Don’t forget to check out the discussion forums, where you will find additional sources of support.
  • This course is FREE if you purchase our SketchUp Bundle, or our SketchUp Student Bundle.


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Course Reviews


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  1. Informative and easy to follow


    As someone who already has a good understanding of SketchUp I took the rendering course to learn a new output for my designs. I hadn’t used Photoshop before but the course takes you through every step of how Anita creates the watercolour effect so it was easy. I also have a different version of Photoshop than the one Anita uses but the format is still easy to follow.

    In about an hour and a half I’ve learnt a lovely step by step technique to create more artistic and unique illustrations of my designs and now have the confidence to create my own style for my clients.

    Thanks Anita 🙂

  2. Great and easy to follow


    I’ve been looking at exploring different ways to present floor plans and SketchUp images for some time now. This is a great step by step tutorial at an easy pace to follow.

    Initial feedback from my clients is that they love the images, and I’m excited to develop the techniques further! It’s helped me take pretty average looking images into personalized, sophisticated ones, without having to spend hours and hours doing so.

    Thank you! I’m excited to see what courses are coming next!

  3. Creative alternative to floor plan and elevation presentations


    I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. Anita Brown shows a step-by-step process to creating a watercolour rendering from basic floor plans and elevations. She has a natural talent for knowing exactly how to highlight and shade items to create the required depth in an image. I have basic Photoshop skills and was able to easily follow her instructions, as well as learn some new tricks in Photoshop. Thank you once again for an informative course!

  4. Brilliant!


    This course was amazing. It is a great lift for my career as I am now more confident to illustrate my ideas and designs to my clients. I have learned a lot of skills and techniques from Anita that will help me improve my portfolio. It will surely be a great boost for my CV. Actually, all of the courses from the Sketchup Bundle are great and are an excellent future reference for me. Looking forward to more courses! Many thanks Anita, for all the support and help throughout the course.

  5. Plenty of Hints & Tips!


    Another amazing tutorial- thank you Anita! As always a no-nonsense step by step course leading you through the process with plenty of hints and tips along the way. I don’t think I will ever tire of that final “reveal” when you “paint” the water colour effect onto the page- its gives so much satisfaction and creates a wonderful effect. I can’t imagine any client who wouldn’t be wowed by a scheme proposal featuring an illustration such as this. Thank you Anita for all you are doing here- you have a wonderful teaching style that makes it all seem so achievable. Would have rated it 6 stars if there had been another one!!

  6. Feeling all Arty!


    This is the really fun part of the course. It works like magic and without Anita’s wonderful way of teaching, these skills would stay a mystery to most of us. She gives her experience and wisdom wholeheartedly! There is lots of alternative instructions for users of Photoshop and GIMP which is very useful. I feel like I am well on my way now to creating beautiful plans and elevations. Now for the Flat Lay!

  7. Love, Loved this Course


    My favourite so far! Patience and love is required to make these beautiful illustrations. So glad I persevered. Thanks Anita for another great course and help and advice when needed.

  8. #7


    Another great course! Really loved being able to create another presentation technique, which is great for Interior Designers to present to clients. Also Anita’s support, help and advice through the course really encourages you. As do the hints and tips through the course. Her teaching style is definitely next to none! Thoroughly recommend each course.

  9. Course 7 Was The Course I Was Most Excited To Learn


    This had been the course that I had been most looking forward to; transforming my floor plans and elevations into beautifully presented illustrations. Anita carefully guides you through the process explaining everything thoroughly with plenty of expert tips, as well as giving any extra support when needed. I can’t wait to get to work on my own presentations now. Thank you Anita, I look forward to learning more with you in the future.

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