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Architecture, design, and media professionals all over the world are using Google SketchUp to create detailed 3D models efficiently and quickly. In Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training, design expert George Maestri teaches the foundations of SketchUp's drawing, design, and rendering tools. He covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and the Sandbox extension, which is used to create realistic organic shapes and terrain. George also discusses how to model and texture objects from existing photographs and export models to Google Earth to visualize how buildings fit in a real landscape. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now, I want to show you how to create materials from scratch. So let's go ahead and create a simple box to texture. I am going to create a rectangle and then just pull that into a box. So let's go ahead and open the Materials window. So if I want to create a new texture or a new material, all I have to do is just go here to Create Material. What this does is it brings up a window, which pretty much mimics the Materials window. So we can give the material a name, in fact we are going to create a wood material, so I am just going to call this Wood.
Then, we can select a color with our color wheel, whatever color we want. In fact, if we did just that, we could make a green texture here and then I could just do that or I can create a new material here. Let's go ahead and just call it WoodPlank, and let's go ahead and use a texture image here. So I am going to go into my Desktop Exercise files and in Chapter 04, we have one called WoodPanel. Go ahead and open that, and it's just a WoodPanel texture. It's just an image file, and then just select OK. Once I have done that, it automatically figures out the default color which is kind of an average of all the colors in the image file.
So now that I go to the Select menu here, you will see that the texture is here. It's called WoodPlank, and all I have to do is select that. Now, if you notice, I have got way too much granularity in this. I really want these to be a lot bigger. So I can just go here to my WoodPlank and I can unlock these, and let's say I want it to be a lot bigger. So let's say, I want it to be say, 6 feet. All right, 6 feet, something like that. In fact you can make it look a little bit bigger. Now, this is a really big box here and this WoodPlank texture, and also we're actually kind of making this a little bigger than it should be. Now, let's go ahead and make 9 feet.
Now, the one thing with this is that we really have this applied in almost like two separate competing directions. Now, if we want, we can actually create other types of textures where we can place the image file directly on a face. So let me show you how to do that in the next lesson.
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