The Edit tab in the Materials browser for SketchUp serves as the gateway for users to edit material for color, texture, opacity, size and other considerations. For example, Color Wheel, HLS, HSB and RGB are four ways to work with colors. To learn more about changing or editing a material, watch this online video.
You can edit material using the Edit tab in the material browser. There are controls there to alter the color, texture and the opacity of the material. You can also reset the material back to its default settings. Let's take a look at how some of this can be done. Right now I have material color CO9 that's been selected. And if I go to Edit, you'll see here that I can edit this material. It has basically a number of panels that are available to me.
And in this case we're going to look at the Color Picker. The first one is called the Color Wheel. And the Color Wheel is easy to use. You can pick a spot anywhere in the wheel. To change the color and then you have, over here, a slider that allows you to change the effect. So if I want to come in and actually make this lighter or darker, you can see here both the material swatch and on the wall, it's changing, which is kind of helpful. The other thing is that there are a number of different kinds of pickers. Other than the color wheel, there's also three others.
First one is called HLS. HLS defines colors by hue, saturation, and light. The HSB one here, defines colors by hue and saturation as well, but also by brightness. This is useful if you have certain materials like plastic, or metals, that would be useful to use that kind of picker. The last one is RGB. RGB is the most common, it's used a lot in websites. It defines colors by red, green and blue components.
Also additionally, it's a good idea to remember that paint manufacturers will sometimes give you these RGB values, that will then go ahead and define for them a number that you can use. What happens is you get the numbers and you just plug 'em in over here on the side. Then you'll get your paint color that way. So, that's how to go ahead and edit a material. I'm going to hit Select here. And let's take a look at how to bring in another material and modify it.
To create another material, you click on the New button which is right here. And when you click it, you're going to get a different dialogue box. It actually will, by default. Default, give you the previous color that you were working with. In this case, we're going to come in here and change the name. We're going to call it Floor Tile Beige. We're going to skip the colors here. And we're going to go to the texture image. We're going to pick one. I'm going to go to Desktop, Exercise Files, and there's a material folder right there.
Go ahead and click on that and then find the JPEG for floor tile and click open. Now what should happen is that you should get a thumbnail sketch of what it looks like up here, and you'll notice here that the texture has been put in. And that there is a size that's been placed. Say OK, that's now part of our materials list and we'll click on it again here and then we'll put it into the kitchen area and we'll hit Select. Now if we walked.
And, you notice that the tiles look really small. We're going to have to fix that, so again, what we would do is come into materials, make sure that the tile is the swatch that's been selected, and then come down here where we can basically change the size. In this case, were going to put in three, were going to make it maybe three times larger. So I'm going to put in three feet. We'll press Enter there. And that looks a lot better than the other way.
So once you change it on one side, notice that this is linked. So you don't have to put in the bottom number because it'll automatically go ahead and give you the correct aspect ratio for that image. While creating a custom material in SketchUp is relatively easy, finding one on the internet, takes a little bit more time. You want to a good repeating image. These are seamless and don't reveal an edge when painted onto a surface. You can find tileable or repeating images online. Some floor, wall covering and paint manufacturers will provide them for free.
Others you may have to pay for. Another good source for images is if you have CAD program or rendering package. They normally provide repeating images as well. A good example is using a Autodesk type of material
- 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