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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.
In this chapter, we're going to be using the materials editor quite a bit. Now there are quite a few differences between the Macintosh OSX version of this window, and the Windows version. So let me go through some of the differences here. If we go into Window > Materials, you'll see this is the materials window that we'll be using. And on the Mac, it's a little bit different. Now, the first thing you're going to notice is that the color pickers are a little bit different. So, we have basically a number of different standard Macintosh color pickers here.
But you're going to be doing most of your work here in this window, which is going to be the texture palettes window. And in this, you'll find that we have a pull down menu, which allows us to select any one of the standard materials that come with SketchUp. So if you wanted brick or carpet or colors in the model, that sort of stuff, we can use that. Now if we want, we can also step through those using these arrow keys. If we hit Home, it always brings us back to colors in the model.
Now, on the Windows version, they have an eye dropper, but for some reason on the OSX version, they're using this magnifying glass. So, if you want to eye drop our color, you just use the magnifying glass. Now, editing materials is a little bit different as well. All you have to do is select a material and double click on it. And it will bring up the Materials Editor. So, if you have a material that has bitmaps to it, such as this. That will show up as well and this will allow us to texture this by width and height. Now, also notice that the color here is showing up as the brick.
So this really is the material, not just the color that you're using. Now another big difference is the way that you create and edit materials. So if you want to actually create a new material, you're not allowed to do that in the OSX version. What you have to do is, find the material, right click over it, and hit Duplicate. Then once you hit Duplicate, you can give it a new name and then you can edit that by double-clicking on it. Okay? So, there is no Create New Material button.
So if you right-click over here, you have the option to Create A New Texture, where you can load in an image file if you want. So with all of that in mind, let's go ahead and start getting into how to create and edit materials in SketchUp.
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