How to Add Textures in SketchUp

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How to Add Textures in SketchUp
SketchUp's 'Materials' window has an option for changing the transparency of textures. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Adding textures in the 3-D design program Google SketchUp lets you add realism to the models in your scenes. For example, you can apply a wood-grain texture to the floor of a virtual house you've designed to resemble a hardwood floor. You can also apply a grass texture to a terrain object to simulate a green landscape. To add textures either to models or to a gallery of textures, use SketchUp's "Materials" window, where you apply existing textures and create new ones.

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    Add Textures to the Material Gallery

  1. 1

    Open SketchUp. Then click the "Windows" menu.

  2. 2

    Click the "Materials" item to display the window for creating and editing textures. The window displays a gallery of predefined textures. The texture you'll add will appear in this gallery.

  3. 3

    Click the "+" button near the top of the window. SketchUp will open a dialogue box that enables you to enter the path for the texture file and parameters for the texture.

  4. 4

    Type in the text box at the top of the dialogue box a name for the new texture. Use a relevant name that describes the image in the texture file you'll load. For example, if you want to load in a brick texture, type "brick" in the text box.

  5. 5

    Click the "Use image" checkbox, which tells SketchUp you want to load a texture from an image file. SketchUp will display a dialogue box that allows you to navigate to the texture file.

  6. 6

    Double-click the folder containing the texture file you want to load.

  7. 7

    Double-click the texture file you want to load. If you don't have a texture file, load any kind of graphic file. This will be sufficient to provide some kind of texture.

  8. 8

    Drag the colour slider if you want to change the default colour of the loaded texture image.

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    Click "OK" to complete setting the parameters for the texture. SketchUp will return you to the gallery of available textures. Notice that SketchUp has added the image file you loaded to the gallery.

    Add Textures to Models

  1. 1

    Open an existing scene in SketchUp. Ensure the scene has at least one object you can add a texture to.

  2. 2

    Click the "Window" menu.

  3. 3

    Click the "Materials" item to open the toolset for managing and applying textures.

  4. 4

    Click one of the textures that SketchUp displays in a gallery of the "Materials" window. SketchUp will turn the mouse cursor into a paint bucket. This means that SketchUp has loaded the texture you clicked and is ready to apply it to an object.

  5. 5

    Click any of the objects in the scene. SketchUp will add the texture to the object.

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