Designers often need to modify patterns they download for use in SketchUp. For example, a carpet you download from a website could have a colored bar with the carpet name at the bottom of the image. The External Editor enables you to erase those bars, adjust carpet pattern size and make the carpet seamless. To learn more about creating a custom material, watch this online video.
Now that we have got our shaw carpet, what we're going to do is make it into a new material. So we're going to come over here to Materials, we're going to create it as a new one. We're going to call the new material Trellis and then we're going to put in the number 50220. Next, we're going to check mark the Image box here. And we're going to go and find that image. So we're going to go back into our Files, and for Materials, and we're going to go ahead and pick up the 60749 Material and press Open.
Now that we have it in here, we can basically apply it to our floor and see what it looks like. So we're going to press Okay. It shows up in our Materials list here. I'm going to click on it, and bring it over, and bring it in. Now we'll just take a look at it this way. You might notice that there's kind of like a line that's running in here, and it's also looking a little bit small, too. So the material that we've got in here needs some editing.
So, what we're going to do is go back to the Edit tab and right next to where the name of the file is, you're going to find that there's actually two other icons here. There's one that says Edit Texture Image in an External Editor, so we're going to click on that. And what happens is, it's going to bring it up into Windows Photo Viewer. So you get a little bit clearer image as far as what it looks like. And you'll notice that there's a strip down here that we need to kind of get rid of.
And we also need to think about how to make this carpet seamless, so when it lays down, it looks without having any kind of roughy bumps or anything like that in it. So we're going to come up here to, Open and we're going to open it up into Paint. I'm going to stop right here for a second to just explain one thing. One of the things you might look into if you're going to be doing a lot of image work is to get a good program like Photoshop, to really do a better job than what we're doing here.
But this is free, and it's also part of the Windows system, so we can go ahead and use that to our advantage. And I just went ahead and scaled it back so we get a little bit better view of the carpet. When you are doing something that's gotta have a repeat image, you want to make sure that you pick up a decent piece of it, that will repeat and try to make it as seamless as possible. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to come up here to the Select tool, and I'm going to have a rectangular selection, and I'm going to try to place my cross hair right there.
And I'm going to pull down to this end, so I'm picking it up basically a portion of the green field, leaving the four base squares on the inside. Once I feel good about that, I think I got enough, what I'm going to do now is right-click, and click Cut, so I've got that cut out there. Next thing I'm going to do, is come up to File, and go to New, and it's going to ask me if I want to save this, I don't.
And I'm going to right-click here and hit Paste, and it brings it back in. You know I'm going to take a look at it and make sure that might need a little bit of extra cropping here, and I think that looks pretty good. I'm going to do a Save As and I'm going to bring it back into my Desktop to the files that we need, and we're going to put it into Materials. And in this case what we're going to do is set it up as JPEG file.
We're not going to name it the same, we're going to give it another name. And there's already one in here. It's called Shawl Trellis 50 220. We'll click on that and press Save, and we'll just go ahead and hit Replace. Now with that all completed, hit Close. What we'll do is look up this image again. And we'll find it in here, here it is, and you notice that it's edited. We'll hit Open, and we'll Apply it. Now that looks a little bit better, but the pattern still looks a little bit small.
So we're going to come down here. We're going to change this from one foot to two feet. That looks a lot better. We now have a pattern that looks a little bit more realistic. And I still have a little bit of a problem with the scene here, again that's something that you would have to work on to clean it up, but, at least you get the idea of how to apply it to this test carpet area. So that is how you would use this. If you like this material, then you would go ahead and save it.
So, you can use images from a range of sources. You can go to manufacturing websites, and you can even use photos that you might have taken on your camera and iPhone. You can locate images in rendering and CAD programs. A lot of these images have already been specifically edited for use as materials and in some cases when you have material, you want to make sure that it will display with no seams. So, if you have that, you might want to use a good image editor, like Photoshop, to edit out the material and try to make it as smooth as possible.
- 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