Learning how to make grass in Google Sketchup 7 lets you create landscapes for your house and other building designs. The main Sketchup tool for applying the grass material, the "Materials" window, lets you add custom textures to the default gallery, so your grass and landscape designs need not look like everyone else's. For the most realistic grass effects, use one of the free plugins that extend Sketchup's features, especially those for rendering and materials. Create the structure of your grass within Sketchup, then export that structure to a plugin to add realistic light and shadow to the structure.
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Click the "Window" menu's "Preferences" command, then click the "Extensions" item. Click the "Sandbox" check box, then click "OK" to exit the dialogue box. This action displays Sketchup's "Sandbox" tools which allow you to make terrain for your grass.
Click the "Tool Palette" icon that's shaped like a semicircle to run the tool for drawing arcs, then click a point on the canvas. Drag to another location and click another point to define the arc's endpoint.
Drag upward to raise the arc above the ground plane, then click to complete the arc. This action forms one slice of the terrain for your grass.
Create two more arcs by using the instructions from the previous two steps, then click the tool palette's arrow icon to run the selection tool. Drag a selection region around all arcs to select them.
Click the "Draw" menu's "Sandbox" sub-menu, then click the "From contours" item. Sketchup creates the terrain, to which you can now apply the grass material.
Click the "Tool Palette" icon, shaped like a paint bucket. Click the "Carpet" item from the drop-down menu of the "Materials" window that appears. Click the "Carpet" icon from the window's gallery of materials, then click the terrain you completed in Step 5 to paint the carpet material onto the terrain.
Click the "Edit" tab of the "Materials" window, then drag the mouse over the colour wheel until the mouse cursor is on a rich green colour. This action sets the default carpet colour of the material you applied to that of grass.
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