Adding color and texture to your models can be very important, and SketchUp allows you to do that using materials. So let's take a look at this. I'm going to go into Window and there is a materials window. Now this is slightly different on the PC, as it is on the Mac, so just follow along. I'm working on the PC. Now this window basically shows you the material that you have selected. It also has a couple of tabs that allow you to select and edit different types of materials. Now, just like with the components window, if you hit the home key, it brings you to everything that's currently in your model.
So, in this case we have just this generic, white texture. But if you use this pulldown menu, you can go to multiple different types of materials. So if we go here, it goes to kind of a folder browser. But we also can jump to anyone we want. So if want to go to bricks or roofing, or just basic colors, we can do that as well. So we have named colors here. And if you hover over these, you can see the names of the colors. So this is tomato and that's salmon, or we can just do basic regular colors which are just numbered.
And we can also do just about anything. We can do translucent type materials that are semi-transparent and really, a whole range of materials. And, you can also create your own materials as well, and we'll get to that in a little bit. But, let me show you how to select and apply materials to your objects. So, we can select a material simply by scrolling through and finding materials. So let's say I wanted to texture the roof of this house. So I'm going to go to Roofing, and here's a couple of options that we have.
Let's go ahead and select roofing shingles here. And when you select a material, up comes a paint bucket. Now that paint bucket highlights when you're over a face that can be painted. So here I can paint. Here I can't. Now all you have to do is hover over the face you want to paint, left-click. And you've painted it. So I can paint that, and that as well. If you want, you can also multiple-select, so if I want to I can Shift+Select all of these, and again select my material and drop it on and it will go on everything in the selection.
So let's take a look at that again, let's maybe do some bricks around the front here. I can select this and this and say that, and let's go ahead and apply some bricks. So I'm going to scroll through here. Find bricks and cladding and what type of bricks do we want to use? Well, let's use these tumble bricks. And again, I've selected all of these, and it will apply. But let's say I want some on the inside here. Then I can just again, just hover over those faces and apply them. Now if you want, you can also do color. So let's say we wanted to do the walls of the building a specific color.
All I have to do is Shift+Select all of those walls and we can go into colors and we can pick a color for our building, or we can go to colors named, it really doesn't matter. I, let's say I want this to be kind of a pale turquoise, and I can go ahead and just apply that. Now materials can also have translucency. So we have a couple stock ones here and of course you can make your own. But here let's go into translucent and we can use those for the windows. So for example here I've got a translucent with a sky reflection, a regular translucent, and I've got kind of safety glass here.
So let's go ahead and just use the sky reflection. And apply that maybe to all the windows. Now, once I have that, you can see that you can see through into the building, so these are really translucent, and it gives you kind of more of a realistic effect. Now there's also an eye dropper tool that will allow you pick a color out of the scene. So if I were to select this eye dropper, I can sample the paint. So let's say I wanted the wall color here, all I have to do is hover over the wall and now my active material is that pale turquoise and I can paint other parts of the building with that.
So, those are some of the basics about how to select and apply materials.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
- Creating camera views
- Shading faces and edges
- Scaling and rotating objects
- Creating circles, polygons, and arcs
- Making 3D text
- Labeling a drawing
- Working with 3D components
- Applying materials and mapping textures
- Rendering and animating your work