SketchUp 2013 Essential Training
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Applying materials


SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

with George Maestri

Video: Applying materials

Adding color and texture to your models can be very Now if you want, you can also do color.
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  1. 3m 17s
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Sketchup Make vs. Sketchup Pro
    4. Keyboard shortcut differences on the Mac
      1m 14s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Interface basics
      2m 9s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 0s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      1m 47s
    4. Creating camera views
      1m 49s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      2m 48s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      2m 38s
    7. Creating scenes
      1m 57s
    8. Using the toolbars
      1m 32s
  3. 11m 27s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      2m 59s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      3m 55s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      2m 28s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      2m 5s
  4. 26m 18s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      3m 27s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      2m 24s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      2m 15s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 17s
    5. Creating arcs
      1m 27s
    6. Eraser tools
      1m 39s
    7. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      2m 43s
    8. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      2m 5s
    9. Using the Follow Me tool
      1m 19s
    10. Creating 3D text
      2m 12s
    11. Softening round edges
      3m 30s
  5. 14m 0s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool to create guidelines
      3m 23s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      5m 30s
    3. Creating sections
      2m 0s
    4. Creating labels
      1m 59s
    5. Dimensioning
      1m 8s
  6. 12m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      2m 15s
    2. Working with layers
      2m 37s
    3. Using the Outliner and Entity Info
      3m 8s
    4. Hiding and unhiding objects
      1m 55s
    5. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 8s
  7. 15m 14s
    1. The Component window
      3m 45s
    2. Creating components
      3m 5s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      2m 46s
    4. Using the Component Options window
      4m 20s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 18s
  8. 27m 47s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      2m 26s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 59s
    3. Editing materials
      3m 33s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 44s
    5. Mapping textures interactively
      2m 33s
    6. Creating a floor plan using bitmap images
      2m 16s
    7. Drawing a structure from a floor plan
      4m 48s
    8. Mapping curved objects
      2m 37s
    9. Projecting maps onto curved objects
      2m 51s
  9. 8m 29s
    1. Applying styles
      1m 54s
    2. Creating styles
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting in 2D and 3D
      1m 48s
    4. Basic animation
      2m 38s
  10. 10s
    1. Next steps

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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.

All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.

Topics include:
  • Creating camera views
  • Shading faces and edges
  • Scaling and rotating objects
  • Creating circles, polygons, and arcs
  • Making 3D text
  • Labeling a drawing
  • Working with 3D components
  • Applying materials and mapping textures
  • Rendering and animating your work
George Maestri

Applying materials

Adding color and texture to your models can be very important, and SketchUp allows you to do that using materials. So let's take a look at this. I'm going to go into Window and there is a materials window. Now this is slightly different on the PC, as it is on the Mac, so just follow along. I'm working on the PC. Now this window basically shows you the material that you have selected. It also has a couple of tabs that allow you to select and edit different types of materials. Now, just like with the components window, if you hit the home key, it brings you to everything that's currently in your model.

So, in this case we have just this generic, white texture. But if you use this pulldown menu, you can go to multiple different types of materials. So if we go here, it goes to kind of a folder browser. But we also can jump to anyone we want. So if want to go to bricks or roofing, or just basic colors, we can do that as well. So we have named colors here. And if you hover over these, you can see the names of the colors. So this is tomato and that's salmon, or we can just do basic regular colors which are just numbered.

And we can also do just about anything. We can do translucent type materials that are semi-transparent and really, a whole range of materials. And, you can also create your own materials as well, and we'll get to that in a little bit. But, let me show you how to select and apply materials to your objects. So, we can select a material simply by scrolling through and finding materials. So let's say I wanted to texture the roof of this house. So I'm going to go to Roofing, and here's a couple of options that we have.

Let's go ahead and select roofing shingles here. And when you select a material, up comes a paint bucket. Now that paint bucket highlights when you're over a face that can be painted. So here I can paint. Here I can't. Now all you have to do is hover over the face you want to paint, left-click. And you've painted it. So I can paint that, and that as well. If you want, you can also multiple-select, so if I want to I can Shift+Select all of these, and again select my material and drop it on and it will go on everything in the selection.

So let's take a look at that again, let's maybe do some bricks around the front here. I can select this and this and say that, and let's go ahead and apply some bricks. So I'm going to scroll through here. Find bricks and cladding and what type of bricks do we want to use? Well, let's use these tumble bricks. And again, I've selected all of these, and it will apply. But let's say I want some on the inside here. Then I can just again, just hover over those faces and apply them. Now if you want, you can also do color. So let's say we wanted to do the walls of the building a specific color.

All I have to do is Shift+Select all of those walls and we can go into colors and we can pick a color for our building, or we can go to colors named, it really doesn't matter. I, let's say I want this to be kind of a pale turquoise, and I can go ahead and just apply that. Now materials can also have translucency. So we have a couple stock ones here and of course you can make your own. But here let's go into translucent and we can use those for the windows. So for example here I've got a translucent with a sky reflection, a regular translucent, and I've got kind of safety glass here.

So let's go ahead and just use the sky reflection. And apply that maybe to all the windows. Now, once I have that, you can see that you can see through into the building, so these are really translucent, and it gives you kind of more of a realistic effect. Now there's also an eye dropper tool that will allow you pick a color out of the scene. So if I were to select this eye dropper, I can sample the paint. So let's say I wanted the wall color here, all I have to do is hover over the wall and now my active material is that pale turquoise and I can paint other parts of the building with that.

So, those are some of the basics about how to select and apply materials.

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