Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] Hi I'm George Mastry and today we're going to look at materials and how to recolor them in SketchUp. I'm going to just go ahead and create a simple box here. I'm going to create a square box here. Let's just make it three feet by three feet. I'm going to go ahead and type that in. Then just pull that up another three feet. I just want a kind of a medium size box. I guess that depends on what you consider medium.
Then I'm going to apply a material from one of our standard materials here. I'm going to go ahead and select metal and we should have this metal embossed material. I'm going to go ahead and select that and apply that to my box. Now, this is just a gray material but let's say we wanted this to be a different color. Well we can do that by editing this. I'm going to go ahead and eye dropper this material and go over to my edit tab.
Now when I initially select this material it's going to have what's called a default color. That color is basically just the average color of that material. Now if we want we can change the color simply by using this color picker. We can use the color wheel or we can use any other type of color picker here. If I wanted to do saturation and black and all that stuff, HSB.
I can change the material as well. This is a really easy way to get one texture into multiple different types of colors for a material. This method works best for materials that start off as kind of gray or kind of a neutral color. We had something with a little bit more color, we have to do an additional step here. I'm going to import a material here or a texture and we'll go ahead and color that.
I'm going to go file, import. I want to make sure that I'm using this image as texture and we're going to make sure we search for jpeg and then I'm going to select brick walls. I want to make sure I have brickwall.jpeg, texture, then let's go ahead and import that. And that brings in the image and as we know we can left click and drag to position that image on our face. Now if I select this material here by eye droppering it I can go and edit it.
Now notice how the color is kind of this pale red or kind of a pink color and that's the average of all of these colors. Now if I want to I can change that color. As I start to do that though, one of the things you may notice is that we're going to start to get artifacts here. If I select HSB and make it kind of more of an orangey color, you'll see that we're getting these purple highlights here.
That's because we're basically just changing all of the color. When I change that from this color here, the original color, to that kind of orangey color, you'll see that we get that kind of purple artifact in there. We can change this simply by toggling colorize. Now what colorize does is it turns the image into a black and white image before it changes the color and this removes all of these artifacts.
One of the things this will do is that it will kind of unify the color palette a little bit. You can see how it kind of changes the variation in color but it does give you more of a uniform color. As you can see, there are two basic ways to change the color of a texture. We can just colorize a neutral texture or if our texture has multiple colors we can select the colorize option to make sure that it colorizes properly.
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