Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Apply materials, part of SketchUp 2016 Essential Training.
- In the real world, color and texture are very important. And in SketchUp, we can also add color and texture to our models. Now, the tools to do this are very different between Windows and OSX or Macintosh. So I'm going to go through the Windows toolkit first and then in the next chapter, we'll go over all the Mac and OSX tools. So Windows users stick with me, Macintosh users if you want, you can skip over to the next chapter.
Now in SketchUp, materials and color are managed through the materials editor. Now I have mine here in the default tray, and we have materials. Now in this particular model, I have no materials applied. If I hit this button here, the home button, it's very similar to what we had in the components window. This shows everything that's in the model. Now if we want to add color, all we have to do is select one.
We have this pull down menu here, and it allows us to select any number of categories for materials. So for example, if I wanted to do landscaping, you'll see that I have all of these different types of block and rocks and grasses and so on. So if I were to select basically a grass, I could apply that to the front lawn of this structure. Now notice when I select it, a little paint bucket comes up.
All I have to do is hover over a face and left click, and that material will be applied. So let's go ahead select something else like a rock or ground cover. And I can apply that to this area and this area. Now let's say I wanted to add something else. I can go through and create some other stuff. Let's go into say a wood texture here. And let's add this wood veneer here and we could put that on the side of the building.
Now you can add materials one face at a time, or if you want, you can also add multiple faces. So if I were to scroll around to the back of this building, select this face, shift select this one, this one and so on, then I would have all of this selected. I'd go to that wood veneer, click on anywhere in that selection and it applies it to everything.
Now in addition to all of these, we also have two types of colors here. So I've got what are called just basic colors, and these are numbered. And then I also have one called named colors. And as you can see, when I hover over these, they have descriptive names. But they're both basically just colors. So I could select one of these here, such as green yellow and apply it to that front door. Now when I start applying materials to the scene, SketchUp remembers what I've done.
If I go back to this home menu here, what was previously empty is now filled with the materials that we've selected. So if I want to go back to any of these, I can. So I can select this grass green and apply it if I want. Now another way to do this is to use what's called the eye dropper. Right here, I have an eye dropper tool, and all I have to do is sample whatever I want. So if I sample this grass, you can see that it comes up here and this is my active material.
It's all I have to do is apply that to the model. Now in addition to these, we also have materials that are semi-transparent. So if I were to go to say glass and mirrors, you'll see some of these actually have diagonal lines across them, and some of those are actually semi-translucent. So if I were to apply these, you would be able to actually see into the model. So opacity is another thing that we can add to materials.
So go ahead and use this model or really any model that you have and apply materials to it.
These tutorials work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
- Navigating SketchUp
- Creating camera views
- Configuring the toolbars on Mac and Windows
- Selecting, moving, and scaling objects
- Using the line tools for 3D drawing
- Creating rectangles, outlines, circles, and freehand shapes
- Creating 3D text
- Using the measurement and labeling tools
- Organizing drawings with groups and layers
- Creating components and using components from the 3D Warehouse
- Creating and applying materials
- Working with textures
- Rendering and animating drawings