SketchUp has several tools allowing you to apply and manipulate the appearance of your 3-D designs including its colours and materials. One such tool is that for rotating materials. This tool, which is located in SketchUp's "Materials" window, lets you revolve a material applied to any surface, such as the face of a cube or a standalone 2-D shape. Rotating materials involves running a command in the context menu of a surface with a material. Understanding how to rotate SketchUp's materials lets you orient applied textures to either emphasise an object's geometry or to make an object's appearance more realistic.
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Click the "Draw" menu then the "Polygon" tool. You'll rotate a material you apply to this polygon.
Click the drawing canvas to plot the polygon's first point then drag and click to complete the polygon.
Click the "Windows" menu then click the "Materials" item.
Click one of the materials in the window's gallery that has a visible pattern as opposed to a solid colour. Solid colours don't indicate when a material is rotated whereas patterns do. Once you click a material SketchUp will turn the mouse cursor into a paintbrush. This indicates the program is ready to apply the material you chose.
Click the polygon you drew in step two. SketchUp will fill the polygon with your material.
Click the "Rotate" item of the "Tools" menu. SketchUp will turn the cursor into a protractor.
Move the mouse to the upper portion of the drawing canvas until the protractor turns red. This behaviour indicates that SketchUp will rotate around the red axis.
Press the "Shift" key to lock the axis of rotation then click the polygon to select it for rotation.
Drag the mouse to rotate the polygon, including its texture.
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Click the "Draw" menu's "Polygon" tool then click on the drawing canvas to plot the polygon's first point.
Drag a short distance to grow the polygon and click to finish this shape.
Click the "Materials" item of the "Window" menu then click a patterned material from the gallery that appears.
Click the polygon to apply the pattern to it.
Right-click the polygon and click "Texture" then click "Position." SketchUp will display an "O"-shaped button for rotating the material you applied in step four.
Drag the "O"-shaped button to rotate the material.
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