By default in SketchUp, the materials you create apply only to the drawing in which they were created. To use materials regardless of the model upon which you're working, set up a customized materials Collection, and use the file extension SKM to identify custom materials. This online video teaches you how to create a custom collection so you can reuse materials without difficulty.
When you create new materials, they only reside in your current model. If you want to get access to these custom materials in another SketchUp model, you'll have to create what's called a Collection. In Sketch-Up speak, a Collection is nothing more than a folder that resides somewhere on your hard drive. What we have here is the material bench, and what we're going to do is we're going to develop a couple materials that we're going to go ahead and keep in this particular file. And then we're going to take them and move them into a Materials folder that we can use in other jobs.
So, let's come over here to New on Materials panel. We're going to start the first one off by calling it Slate, and we're going to use a texture image. So we're going to go back to our Desktop > Exercise files, we're looking for Materials, and there is a slate image here which is called Finishes.Masonary. And we're going to press Open there. You notice here that it's set at one foot. That's okay. We're going to press OK, and it ends up being part of our material now for this model that we can go ahead and apply.
We're going to create two more before we apply anything. We'll come in here, and the next one is going to be Granite, Beige. And we're going to pick up another image file in here as well, and we'll pick this one, and we'll press Open. This one we're going to go ahead and change. We're going to make this one foot, six inches in size and we'll press OK as well. And it shows now up also in this model. We'll do last one. And this one, we're going to call this Wood Panel, and it's going to be beige colored.
Again, we're going to pick something that looks approximate to a panel. We're going to pick this one right here, and press Open. And, in this case, we're going to change the aspect on this one as well. We're going to make this approximately three feet. We'll go ahead and press OK. Now let's go ahead and apply this materials and see how they stack up against our scale model here, Suzy. So we're going to pick up Beige and we'll put it on a countertop. And kind of zoom in here, and it looks pretty good scalable-wise in relationship to Susie.
Let's take the wall panel. That, too, looks pretty good. We'll pick up Slate. And the slate looks a little bit small. So we've got Slate selected, and we'll go to Edit. And, we'll change this to one foot, six inches. And that looks a lot better, doing it that way. So we're in pretty good shape with that. So, go back to Select. You'll notice that we have basically three new materials that we've gone ahead and added into this model.
Now, the next thing is to create these as part of a custom Collection. Now to do that we go to the Materials button and we select Open or create a collection. And in this case what we're going to do is we're going to come down to the Desktop, we're going to go to Materials, and we're going to go put them into Project Collection, and press OK. Now with that being open, the next thing that we're going to do is go back to In Model, and we're going to pick each one of these new ones that we did.
So we're going to click on this and do Save As. And it will then bring us right in here, and you'll notice that we've already got them in. And they do produce what is called a SKM file which is basically a Revit material file. And that's all basically you have to do to create a custom material and then export it out of your drawing. So when you create materials in SketchUp, they stay in the one drawing. If you select the materials for a project and want to save them for another project, you would have to create this Collection folder somewhere on your hard drive and then save copies of the materials to that folder.
You can identify materials within these folders because they will have the extension SKM attached to them
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- Applying materials to components
- Exporting your drawing as an image