Sketchup has a pretty nice array of materials built into it, but it probably doesn’t have everything you’re looking for. In this sketchup tutorial, you’ll learn how to import your favorite sketchup textures and turn them into new materials that you can use in your models.
How to Import Sketchup Textures & Create Custom Materials
- If you haven’t already, the first thing you’re going to want to do is find a sketchup texture to use.
- Click on the Paint Bucket tool. Doing this will pop up the Materials window. Alternatively, you can go to the Window tab and select Materials from the drop-down list.
- In the Material window click the Create Material button.
- The Create Material window will then pop-up. To import your sketchup textures, click the Import Image in the Texture Editor section. After your texture image is uploaded, you’ll see a preview of it in the upper left hand corner. You can use the Color Editor section to adjust your material’s color without having to edit it in an external program and reimport it.If your texture starts to look weird when using the color picker, try checking the Colorize option in the Texture Editor section. Colorize turns your texture to black and white and then puts the color overlay on top.If you import your texture and it’s too small or too large, use the Texture Scale & Lock in the Texture Editor section to adjust the scale of your sketchup texture.
When you mess things up too bad, there’s always the Reset Color.
- Click OK.
- Your custom material will now show up in the sketchup material library. Select it, grab the Paint Bucket tool, and have at it
Where’s your favorite place to find sketchup textures? Share them in the comments below!