Picture of make your google sketchup drawings pretty with sunflow
this is a simple instructable to show you how to make sketchup drawings look much better for presentation uses.
this will require some software in addition to sketchup to make this possible, however all of wich is freely available through the internet and is very easy to use, to begin we will need a drawing to render, for this instructable ive drawn some gears for us to use as a sample

Step 1: Getting the software

Picture of getting the software
in order to render this model, you need to install a script into sketchup, this is very easy, all it requires is that you copy and paste files into a directory, the script we need is the sunflow exporting tool which is available here in the files with this instructable here: BTW you will need 7-zip to use this file . once you get the file open, open up the TAR inside of it and take the sketchup folder and merge its contents to the sketchup folder under program files/google.

next, you will need to get a copy of the sunflow rendering program, here:

Haylermoon2 years ago
whenever i try to open/load the sketchup file into sunflow, it keeps saying that the file format is unrecognized and I can't go any further. sunflow seems to be wanting something called a scene file (isntead of the .skp file that sketchup normally uses). is there a file format converter or setting or something that you are using?
kyle brinkerhoff (author)  Haylermoon2 years ago
you have to use the export script inside of sketchup. re-read the instructable, it says clearly in their to install the script and how to use it.