How to Sync Sketchup with Lumion Tutorial

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If you’ve seen any of our speed model videos before, you probably noticed that sometimes we sync Sketchup with Lumion. This allows us to model things in Sketchup that will update in real-time in Lumion. It’s a simple trick that will smooth out your workflow and make your life a lot easier when modeling and rendering! This way you don’t have to upload a new file every time you make a change to your model. So, open up Sketchup and let’s get started!

Sync Sketchup with Lumion

Import Model. Begin by opening up your Sketchup file or importing a model from the 3D Warehouse. We found the model from our video here.

Install Plugin. The next step is to make sure you install the plugin Lumion LiveSync. Click here to read a more detailed article on how you can install plugins to Sketchup.

plugin to sync Sketchup with Lumion

Open Lumion. Once you have that done, open Lumion and select a background to use. I find myself using the mountain scene often because it adds some detail to the horizon.

sync Sketchup to Lumion mountain range

File > Save As. Before you can upload your model to Lumion you have to save the file. With Sketchup open, go to “file” and select “save as.” Type the title of your model and hit “enter.”

Start LiveSync. Next to the LiveSync icon in Sketchup, there is a play button. Click on the button to begin the live sync and sync Sketchup with Lumion. Now go back to Lumion and your model should be automatically imported!

import model to sync Sketchup with Lumion

In our model, we noticed there was an issue with the grass interfering with the ground plane that was imported. To fix this, we switched over to Sketchup and deleted the ground. Then we hit “ctrl” + “S” to save the model. If we switch back over to our Lumion model we can see that the ground plane is now gone.

Even before we do any rendering in Lumion you can tell what a difference there is in the quality of the renderings.

sync Sketchup to Lumion: model in Sketchup
sync Sketchup to Lumion: model in Lumion

Stop LiveSync. If you want to stop the live sync, just go to Sketchup and click on the “stop” button next to the LiveSync icon. There is also an option to start or stop camera synchronization. Turning it on will essentially keep whatever view you have in Sketchup in Lumion as well. This is a great option if you are modeling, but we have noticed it can clip a lot of objects in the view.

Now that you know our secret to sync Sketchup with Lumion, let us know what other questions you may have! Our speed models usually focus on the rendering in Lumion because it’s more aesthetically appealing, but maybe we will include more behind the scenes looks in our future videos. Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you want to check out some of our speed models take a look at our YouTube channel here. If you want more Sketchup tips and tricks, be sure to check out at our full list of tutorials.

Happy Hacking!

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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

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  10. 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

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

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  13. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

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  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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

    Great post!

  18. 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.

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

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

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

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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

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

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

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

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. 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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