How to Import Sketchup Textures & Create Custom Materials

sketchup textures to custom materials

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

  1. If you haven’t already, the first thing you’re going to want to do is find a sketchup texture to use.
    1. SketchupTexture – a great place for a ton of free textures.
    2. CGtextures – This used to be my go-to before I found SketchupTexture. These textures are not all super clean, but it’s certainly an awesome library to look through.
  2. Click on the Paint Bucket tool.  Doing this will pop up the Materials window.sketchup paint bucket tool  Alternatively, you can go to the Window tab and select Materials from the drop-down list.sketchup materials window
  3. In the Material window click the Create Material button.create sketchup material
  4. 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.sketchup create material window

  5. Click OK.
  6. Your custom material will now show up in the sketchup material library.  Select it, grab the Paint Bucket tool, and have at itcustom sketchup material

Where’s your favorite place to find sketchup textures?  Share them in the comments below!

Happy hacking!



  1. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  2. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  3. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  4. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  5. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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