The SketchUp Material Library provides a nice selection of materials such as paint colors, carpet, glass and woods to help you get started on projects. For example, use the Paint Bucket tool to apply colors to your model. You do need to make sure you have the right layers selected, though, and in this video tutorial you'll learn how to go about applying SketchUp materials.
Now that the floor plan has been created with 3D geometry, we're going to start making the model look a little bit more realistic by adding some materials. SketchUp already comes with a variety of materials within their Material Library to get you started. They have a very nice selection of materials such as paint colors, woods, carpet and glass. You can use any of these materials and modify them as you need them. Let's take a look at where you would get that. First of all, if you don't have Materials shown, you can go to Window, and under the Window drop-down, find Materials.
I already have it listed over here, so I'm just going to click on it. If you notice here, you got a number of buttons that are going on here. You have a large swatch, which currently is the default color, which is in this model. You also have a little Plus button over here, which when you click on it, extends out and shows you the other libraries for materials that are available to you. You can also go ahead and create a new material, and you can also set some defaults as well. We're going to come down here to Colors.
Swing up and go to In Model. You'll see there's a whole bunch of stuff already in here. If you go all the way down to the bottom, you should find White. Go ahead and click on it. If you notice, that default swatch now turns white. We're going to go ahead and play with this a little bit. I'm going to hit Selection, and we're going to kind of zoom in here to the top of the model. And we're going to look at this crown molding that we have here, and we're going to apply white to it. We're going to pick up white again, I'm going to right click and hit Select.
And in this case, I'm going to pick up Bounding Edges. When I do that, notice that the only thing that occurs that's going to be selected for painting is that area there. So I'll just click on it, and you'll see that it's been painted. I'll right click again, down below here. And go to Select again and this time, I will pick Connected Faces. Watch what happens with this. You'll notice here it picked up all the faces that are connected, and I can go ahead and click that. So you don't have to go around clicking one at a time, you can actually use some of these tools to work out.
The last one is a little bit wilder. And we'll right click here, and we go to All Connected. It will paint everything white that way. And we might not want this. We're just going to go ahead and hit the Selection key and kind of pull out. And another way to do this, come over here. What we do is right click again, go to Select and you can put it all on the same layer. So anything that's on that layer, notice here it picks up all the trim and even the window trim.
If I click on it, now everything has been painted. And that's one of the advantages of using a layer schematic for your model. The last one that's in there is when you come in and you look at all with the same material. When you click on that, what will happen is that everything that's got that material already applied, we'll go ahead and make it work that way. This is great if you have components that are all of one color, such as cabinets and things of that nature.
So let's just come up here to hit Select again, and we're going to kind of pull out a little bit, and we're going to look at the walls. if you notice now, everything's been painted that was on the trim layer with white. Now we're going to go ahead and paint the walls of the kitchen, and in this case, we're going to take a look at what we have here. We're going to go to the drop-down box for Colors. And under Colors, we're going to find a color that's kind of nice. There should be one that's called D05, which we'll go ahead and pick.
It's kind of, like, a little bit of a beige color. Just go ahead and click on the walls as you see it. That's pretty much it, as far as how to go about doing that. And I could've right clicked. I'll do it one more way. Let's just bring it in this way. Click over here. And we'll click on All Connected Faces, and you'll see there that it went ahead and picked that up. We'll pick up this color again. And I went ahead and did it. So I didn't have to do click, click, click. All I had to do was right click and pick it up that way. And it's been painted.
And pick this up again, do it there too. So you can use these drop-down selector lists, with the right-click menus to great advantage. SketchUp has its own Material Library that you can use right away. You use this Paint Bucket tool to apply materials to your model. It's a good idea to get use to working with the right-click menu because it'll make your selection methods a little easier. With some of the selection methods, it is important that you have the model geometry on the right layers for some of these selection methods to work correctly.
- Drawing 2D floor plans in SketchUp
- Selecting the right template and tools
- Creating components
- Cleaning up walls and creating door and window openings
- Using x-ray views when adding doors and windows
- Using layers to manage your views effectively
- Capturing materials to use in your design
- Applying materials to components
- Exporting your drawing as an image