SketchUp gives you the ability to modify materials after applying them to objects in a model. For example, you can paint a group of objects or make a wood panel horizontal instead of vertical. You can also work with the texture of materials and line up tile according to your preferences. For more on applying, repositioning and scaling materials, watch this online video.
After you applied the material to objects in your model, you may find a need to modify them in some way. Sketchup has a number of tools to help you modify applied material. You can also apply materials to groups or even to subgroups. There are a number of methods to apply materials to a group. Let's take a look at how to do one. Here we have, basically a kitchen cabinet in here. This is basically a group if you see. I'm going to come over to materials and just pick this color and click on it.
And what happens is that it will overall paint the entire group with that material. Which may or may not be too desirable depending on what it is that you're trying to do. Another thing that you can do it is you can come in and double-click on the group. When you do that, then you have a little bit more control over individual items. So if I came in here now and clicked on this, I can click over here and I can basically do this panel group.
If I take it one step further by clicking inside this group, I now have the ability of applying it even more independently according to faces and things of that nature. You can see that there's quite a lot of flexibility just by going into each group and then each subgroup in order to make it work. I'll just kind of pull out here. The other thing that you can do is you can also apply a material by using Outliner. So we'll go back to Window, we'll pick up Outliner.
In this case, we're going to be looking for the Kitchen Bar and we're going to click on that. And you'll see that top is there, all the way down at the bottom. So, we're going to click on that. Now you'll see that we have basically the top ready for us to go. Now in this case, what we're going to do is we're going to go to our customized collection. So we're going to go to Details and we're going to Open and create a collection here. And on the Desktop, what we're going to do is come down to Materials and pick our Project Collection which holds our customized set of materials and I'll press OK.
So here's our material selection. I'm going to take the Granite Beige and apply it to that top and then I'll just click out. There you see we have basically the top that's been applied and the other options that we have there. Now, let's take a look at another situation. We're going to work with the Fireplace and see what we can do with that, as well. So on the Fireplace, we're going to click on it and then right-click, we're going to go to Edit Group.
We're now inside, that's just another way of doing it. We're going to pick up this Wood Panel Beige and we're going to apply it basically to the sides. Now, this might not look exactly the way that you want it. In fact, we want not the panel to be horizontal but vertical. So, I'm going to click on that material and I'm going then to right-click. And in the right click menu, I'm going to go to Texture and pick up Position. Now, by doing that you're going to notice that there's a bunch of icons right here.
Once we have that done, the one that we're looking for right now is basically scale and rotate. We're going to click on that and you're going to notice here that we can actually scale it and we can also rotate it here into play. So, you can actually kind of visually handle it the way that you want and notice that it's a very large frame that comes through and that looks pretty good. We're just going to right-click and do Done. And then we'll click out there and you'll see that the paneling has been applied. Let's take a look also again, at the mantle, I'll right-click we'll go to Edit Group and we'll pick up this as well.
We'll right-click here. We'll go to Edit Group, as well. So now, we're inside working on this mantle. Let's go over to Materials. And under Materials, we're going to look for Wood. And we'll pick up this first Wood and we'll just go ahead and apply it to the top. After we do that, click on it. Right-click and go to Texture and go to Position. Now in this case, there's another one where if you look kind of close, it's kind of straight.
Maybe we want to dial up this mantel a little bit. So we're going to distort. You'll see here that I can distort the look. And actually, kind of change it a little bit. It's kind of a little bit wild to play with. But we'll go ahead and use that. Right-click and say Done. And take a look at it and you'll see here it kind of takes on a different effect. Let's take a look at one other situation. We'll come over here to the floor. Lot of times especially with tile, it might not line up real well on the corners.
We're going to right-click on this. Go to Texture and go to Position again. And again, you're going to see these icons here. And the only thing we're looking for in this case just so happens to be. This one, right here which is move. We're going to pick it. And you'll see here that you can actually move the tile around and line it up the way that you want to. You also have these little pins, which I haven't mentioned. But you can pick up the pin and move it and use it as a locator.
Once you have it there, we can then move it back into place and put it up against like a corner something like that. That works for all these pins. So, after you apply a material, you can adjust the property of the material by dragging one of those four colored pins and the icons that are associated with it. Each color modifies the material. Red moves the texture on the face. Green scales and rotates and yellow goes ahead and distorts the material. Blue scales or sheers the material.
Click on any of the pins to move them from one default location to another. And use the pins to help dimension a material between two known points.
- 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