The default setting for a window view in SketchUp doesn't make for a view that is realistic or pretty. To fix that, export an image from a website, your iPhone or many other places to create an exterior background that matches the view you'd see out the window. This online video teaches you how to set a view to export as an image.
Once you have the materials and the components in place, you can begin to think about setting up some room scenes that you can use in your presentations. One of the problems you will encounter is what to do with the windows, currently SketchUp's interface will show a horizon, let's take a look. I'm going to pick up the camera position here, and I'm just going to plunk them right in like so. You notice here, there's the interface for sketch up, which is kind of ugly to say the least.
So we can fix that. And that's what we're going to work on right now. So what we can do is we can create what's called an exterior background. I'm going to come back up to the top view, so I'm looking down. You'll notice that I have some guidelines that have been put in place. That's to help locate what I call a background wall. But before I do that, I need to also create a new layer that's going to be called background, so I'm going to add that layer, and I'm just going to call it background, and I want to make sure that it's current, so we can basically turn the backgrounds on and off when we need to.
The next step is to come over here to the rectangle tool. Now, we're going to pick this intersection, and we're going to pull over, and we're going to make, basically the height and width of this to be as follows. We're going to make the rectangle 19 feet, 6 inches and we'll make it 6 inches thick. And there we have the beginnings of a wall. We'll bring this up so we can see it a little bit better. We're going to use the push-pull tool to bring it up to a height of 13 feet.
Now you might have to adjust these backgrounds back and forth. There's a little bit of going back and forth between the view that you want and looking at the background, so it looks a little bit more realistic. You won't know that though until you put an image up there. So we're going to come up to Import, in the Images folder, which is again, in your exercise file, there's a number of jpegs here. You can pick up just about anything, from your iPhone, from websites, or whatever, and use them as backgrounds.
We're going to pick Backyard A. We're going to make sure that we're going to use it as a image. And we'll hit Open. It's looking basically to find a place to park itself. We're going to pick this lower corner, and then we're just going to drag it all the way across. And then hit the Select tool. Now, in order to make this work a little bit better, I'm going to come over here and do a crossing window, right-click, and make sure that every bit of that background is all connected.
Because what we want to do is right-click again and make it into a group. That way we can turn it on and off and move it as we need it
- 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