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In this course, author George Maestri explains how to model and render 3D objects and scenes using Google SketchUp 8. The course covers the fundamentals of the application, from navigating the user interface, manipulating objects, and building basic shapes to importing objects from Google Earth, animating a scene, and modeling organic terrain using the Sandbox tools. The course also explores SketchUp Pro features, which are available as an upgrade. These include tools for creating dynamic components and adding interactivity, as well as sophisticated importing and exporting options for working with outside applications.
There are many times when you want to add color and texture to your models and this can be done through the Materials window. Let's take a look at that. So we're going into Window>Materials and when I pull it up, I have the tab of Colors, yours maybe a little bit different, but let's take a look at what we have here. Basically, in this case we have a list of colors that we can use. We also can add photographic textures. So if I go up here, we have Bricks, Carpet, scroll down a little bit further, we have Roofing, Stone.
There are number of different standard type of materials that we can use. We can also create our own materials and we'll get to that in a little bit. Let's just go ahead and play with the existing materials. So I'm going to go to Colors and let's scroll down and pick a color for our house. So really you can pick any color. I think I'm going to go with this kind of light blue color. When you select a color in the Materials window, notice how a little Paint Bucket comes up. So all I have to do is left-click over a face and it will paint that particular face.
Now if I want I can also select multiple faces. So let's say I wanted to select the front part of this house here and paint that. So all I have to do is go here to start painting with this paint, or I can reselect the color here. This is the color that's active at this point. So If I want to, I just select that and I'll go ahead and paint all of those as well. Now if I want, I can use my Multiple Selection tool. So if I want to, I can select the face here and Select>All Connected and just paint everything that's connected to that face.
Now let's say I wanted to paint the roof of the house, so let's go ahead and select this one roof panel here, get this into position and I'm going to Shift+select all of these roofing panels. Now let's go into Roofing and pick a type of roof. I think I'm just going to use standard Asphalt Shingles and just go ahead and put those on and notice how they come on and they actually have the proper scale. If I want, I can also add, let's say a texture to the patio or to the stone step here.
So I'm going to go ahead and Shift+select the faces that are part of this entryway and this is just the stone steps and let's go into Stone and select a step for that and just go ahead and paint that. So as you can see, I can add those in as well. So as you can see adding color and materials to a scene is pretty straightforward. You can use the Paint Bucket and just do one face at a time, or you can see select multiple faces and paint them all at once.
So the workflow is really just depends on how you want to do it, but as you can see it's a very, very simple process.
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