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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.


  • 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.

  • 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! 

The following points are very important!  Please read them carefully!

  • This course is delivered using the Windows version of SketchUp Pro 2016 and Photoshop CS2/GIMP.  Mac users can still take our online courses, as there are very few differences between both SketchUp interfaces. Where necessary, we have provided separate instructions in our tutorials for Mac users.
  • There are two versions of SketchUp available: the free version called SketchUp Make and the paid ‘pro’ version called SketchUp Pro. I highly recommend that all students download the free 30 day trial of the Pro version (it’s free, so why not?!), especially if students wish to enrol for course #6, which explains how to present floor plans to scale for both SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro. It’s important to highlight that SketchUp Make is not licensed for commercial work. Therefore, if you complete my course and decide to use SketchUp in a professional environment, SketchUp Pro must be purchased. Download the free 30 day trial of SketchUp Pro here, or download SketchUp Make here.
  • Please refer to system requirements for SketchUp, to ensure that your laptop or desktop has the sufficient hardware and software specification to install and run SketchUp Make or SketchUp Pro.

Posting a Review

  • Once you’ve completed the course, we would really appreciate if you could take two minutes to post a review! Check out the video in our Forum, for more information on how to do this.

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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!

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