so you wanted to use specific materials in your Sketchup project? exotic/local lumber? metals? leather? other?
I saw this subject raised in one of DaveR’s latest blogs, and it’s a fairly simple thing to do in Sketchup. You can use any material you so desire in sketchup, but first, we need to ‘make’ that material.
Creating new Materials in Sketchup (Using live materials as source)
1. get your material ‘source’ – this can be any photo – either from your digital camera, or do an online search for your desired material and look for a photo that resembles what you want it to look like, in this example, I’ve googled ‘birdseye maple’:
I copied the one that I liked (I dragged it to my desktop, but you could also right(ctrl for mac)-click and do “save as”) to my desktop. and then opened Sketchup.
In Sketchup I made a simple box for this example, and opened the paint palette window (paint bucket tool). I then selected my wood folder (or any other folder you might want to place your material into for organization purposes) and selected color->new Texture:
A window will open asking you for the source image/photo for this new material:
simply browse and select the material photo you’ve downloaded to your desktop.
Sketchup will ask you to confirm/modify the size of the new texture – you could leave this as is, or modify it and resize it as you see fit (experience will tell you what and how you’d want to modify this) and also prompt you for the name of the material – in this case, I’ll call it Birdseye Maple … seems so fit.
you can now select a face, and use the new material to paint it with:
As Simple As That.
PS you can also reposition the texture after you’ve applied it to a face/geometry, and resize it per face.
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