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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.
Those of you on the Macintosh, I need to discuss a little bit of the differences between the Windows and the Mac version, when it comes to the Materials window. Now the Materials window is here under Window > Materials. Now, notice that this window, it looks a lot different than the one on the Windows machines. So let me just go through some of the basics of this window, so you'll know where everything is at. Here, we have the ability to pick custom colors, okay. So if I want to, I can create a custom color here and then just paint. Now the Materials window is essentially a way to create textures or materials and apply them to your objects. So I can basically create any color paint for example, or if I go to this little tab here, I can change the color to a gray scale. If we go here, then again it's just another type of color picker.
I can just go from the Spectrum, and I can also load Palettes if I want to. Then again, I can just use the Paint Bucket to paint whatever I want. And one of the more important ones here is the color picker, which allows you to pick whatever type of material, and these are actually photographic materials that you want. So for example, if we want Roofing, we can just go down here and then we can just select whatever type of roofing we want and then we can paint that, or we can select Brick and Cladding. Now these are the ones that we'll be using in the main lesson as well. And then we also have one here, which is basically just Crayons.
Most of these are different ways to select solid colors. The one that's probably most important and most relevant is this SketchUpColorPicker, which allows you to pick all the standard materials. So those are the basics differences, and let's go ahead and go through how to use this in SketchUp.
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