How to Setup Photo Matching in Sketchup

Photo Matching in Sketchup

If you’re looking to model based on a photograph you should strongly consider using photo matching in sketchup. This is one of sketchup’s features that sets it apart from other software. From knowing just one measurement you can create an entire model.  It may not be 100% accurate, but you can get a very close clone of your original 3d object.

What is Photo Matching in Sketchup?

Photo matching allows a modeler to model from a photograph that they import.  From the 3d photograph, the 3d perspective is matched, which allows the user to model over the image and get it to aesthetically look the same.  From there, the modeler can rotate around and model normally.

Photo matching in sketchup isn’t meant to be used soley by itself.  It’s a great starting point, but it’s nearly impossible to model without rotating around and modelling traditionally.

How to Import a Match Photo

To import a match photo simply go to… Camera>Match New Photo…


Photo Matching in Sketchup

alternatively you can go to..  File>Import, select your photo and check the Use as New Match Photo option

Import Photo Match

How to Adjust Your Perspective Lines

After you’ve imported the photo you want to match to, you’re going to want to set your perspective lines.  Your red lines should match lines on one face of your 3d object, and your green lines should match lines on another face.  Zoom in and out using the mouse wheel to make sure your lines are as accurate as possible.

After setting your lines, move your origin point to a prominent place that is close to you in the photograph.  This will be the place you start modelling from.

Photo Match Grid

How to Adjust The Scale

To adjust the scale of your perspective, left click on the blue axis, and drag up or down.  You’ll see the grid lines expand or contract.  In the above video, I rough in the scale using the size of the scale figure in the model next to my object.

If you know a measurement on your object, you can set your spacing to an exact increment, and then left click and drag on the blue axis to match your grid with the measurement you know.

Match photo in sketchup

Continue to learn how to create a 3d model from photos in sketchup

Hope this helps!  If you have any questions regarding photo matching in sketchup, feel free to reach out in the comments below!

10 Comments

  1. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  2. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  3. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  4. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  5. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  6. 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

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

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

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

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  10. 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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