SketchUp Skill Builder: Painting Textures on Curved Surfaces

SketchUp Skill Builder: Painting Textures on Curved Surfaces

Hi there, my name is Josh, and today I want
to talk about how to apply a texture to a curved surface in SketchUp. You can see here I’ve got this .jpg image
file of a wine label, and I want to toss that on the wine bottle here in my SketchUp model. Let’s cruise over there and take a look. The first thing I want to do is get into the
correct context before I import anything. So what I mean by that is I’m going to grab
the Select tool and double click into the edit mode for this wine bottle component. And if I select once more, click once more
there you can see now I’ve got the more complex surface selected of this entire wine bottle,
but I really want to isolate just the part here with the label. So to do that I need to reveal the hidden
geometry. If I go to View>Hidden Geometry I can do that. This is a good thing to map to a keyboard
shortcut. I use this one quite a bit. So View>Hidden Geometry I can now click on
a single face or polygon on there and now this is what I want because I want to apply
my image file right to this face in SketchUp. So I can go to now go to File>Import. Click on the image file that I want there,
and note that it’s nice to have All Supported Image Types selected here, that’ll make all
your image files easily selectable. And Use As Texture is really important. You want to make sure this is selected for
this mapping of a texture onto a curved surface. So Use As Texture is an important step. Alright, so now the image file is kind of
hanging onto our cursor there, we need to choose an anchor point here. So I’m going to click on the bottom corner
of that face there in SketchUp and then a second time click on the upper bounds of that. And that looks a little bit odd at first because
it’s kind of cutting that off, only applying it to that one face, but that’s what we want. Because now I can use the Paint Bucket tool
to sample it and apply it to the rest of these slivers or rectangles that should hold this
image file. So I’m going to click on the Paint Bucket
tool, you’ll notice that the Materials Browser pops up and you can see our image file in
there as well, that’s in the In Model category here. And then in the bottom left notice that SketchUp
is letting us know that there’s a keyboard modifier for this tool, for this Paint Bucket
tool, Command is our sample material modifier. If you’re on the the Windows version of SketchUp
that’ll be the Control key. So if I hold down Command, you’ll see the
icon changes to an eye dropper. So I’m going to keep that held down, click
here to sample that texture and apply it to the adjacent face. So I can cruise down the line there. Turn off hidden geometry. Take a look. Yeah that looks pretty good. I want to show that again in a different context
here in our model. Let’s cruise over to a curved wall that I
have. And this is a concave situation here. And, of course, the first thing I want to
do is get into the correct context, so with the Select tool I’m going to double click
to get into this wall group. I’m going to double click again because I’ve
isolated this curved section a little bit further. And let’s now go to View>Hidden Geometry. And I want to apply this, I’ve got a mural
that I found online, an image of a mural that I want to apply to this curved wall section. So now I can go to File>Import, and there’s
the image file I’m looking for. Use As Texture, that’s good. And Import. First click is the bottom anchor point, and
for my second click I’m actually going to make it a little bit smaller so I can show
you how to how easy it is to adjust the size even after it is that you place it that initial
time. So now I need to clearly scale this up a little
bit. All I have to do is right click go to Texture>Position,
and I usually like to make sure that the four grips here on the tiling image are kind of
in the middle, and then the green grip, or the green pin here, is what I want to use
to scale this image. So I’m going to first just click and drag,
get that in the bottom corner there of my wall. And as I scale this up, I’m going to keep
my eye on the upper bounds of this material swatch here so that it lines up with the geometry
there. Alright, looks pretty good. Right click>Done. And I’m going to sample this now, and actually
turn off hidden geometry. I want to show you what happens if you
don’t have hidden geometry turned on here and I try to apply this texture to the curved
surface all at once. Sometimes it may work, depends on what you’re
doing, but usually SketchUp doesn’t quite know exactly how you want that image to tile
across a larger surface, so in this case we’ve got a seam right there. So to control this better that’s where we
need View>Hidden Geometry activated to reveal the polygon breakdown here. I’m going to undo that step so I’m back to
this point. And now I’m going to sample this and apply
it just like with the wine label. Sometimes it may not work, it may not tile
as you wish, so the way that I always do this to make sure that it does is when I sample
this one and apply it to the adjacent face I just keep doing that. So sample, apply. Sample, apply with that keyboard modifier. Turn off hidden geometry. Looks pretty good. Alright, there’s certainly a little more to
talk about in terms of using textures on curved surfaces in SketchUp so stay tuned for another
Skill Builder that we have that will talk about the projected option when adding a texture
to a curved surface. So thanks for watching. Cheers!

local_offerevent_note January 13, 2020

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