How to Create Realistic Grass with Vray in Sketchup

Featured Image_How to Create Realistic Grass with Vray in Sketchup

If you’re looking to take your Sketchup models to the next level, check out this tutorial! For this tutorial, you’ll need the Vray plugin for Sketchup! In this tutorial, we’ll show you a simple way to add realistic grass with Vray.

Make a Plane. Begin by creating a plane in Sketchup to draw your grass on. Hit the “R” button on your keyboard to open the rectangle command and click and drag to create a rectangle.

make a plane for realistic grass with vray

Make a Group. After you draw the rectangle, right-click on it and select “make group.”

Then, select the icon in the top toolbar that says “add fur to selection.” This will apply a grass texture to your plane.

Add Realistic Grass with Vray

Click on the renderer button in the top menu bar to open the Vray rendering window.

Flip Along > Group’s Blue. You may notice that the texture is showing up on the opposite side of your plane. To fix this, right click on the plane and select “flip along” > “group’s blue.” Now the texture should appear on the top side.

realistic grass with vray render window

Paint the Grass. The grass is beginning to look more realistic at this point, but it still isn’t the right color. Using the “materials” tab in your default tray, change the color of the grass. Select “landscape, vegetation, and fencing” from the dropdown menu and choose a material that most closely represents the look you are going for. We chose “grass light green.” Then, click on your plane to paint the material onto the grass. You don’t have to use a Vray material for this, because the standard Sketchup texture provides enough variation to make it look realistic.

painted realistic grass with vray

Edit Material. To edit the realistic grass with Vray, click on the “asset editor” in the top menu next to the renderer button. Under the “geometry” tab there is an option that says “V-Ray Fur.” Select this material and click on the arrow on the right side of the window to open the settings panel.

edit realistic grass with vray

The most important settings to pay attention to right now are “count” and “length.” If you raise the “count” it will make the grass appear much denser and more realistic. You can also alter the length to be longer or shorter. A shorter length will make the grass look like it has been freshly cut or even give a turf-like appearance. A longer length will make it appear taller and more unkept.

change length of realistic grass with vray

It’s up to you what look you prefer, but using a longer length may add more depth to your model. When you place an object on your plane, the grass will grow around the object, giving it more depth.

object in realistic grass with vray

That’s the simple and easy way to add realistic grass with Vray! If you want to see more on rendering, check out our articles about Lumion and Twinmotion. What rendering programs do you use most often? Do prefer rendering in Sketchup or another program? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Hacking!

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  8. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  9. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  15. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

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  16. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  17. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  18. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  19. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  20. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  21. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  22. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  23. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  24. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  25. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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