How to apply and edit materials in Google SketchUp

The Google SketchUp materials can be applied on different surfaces of your model to give a realistic effect and different Sketchup textures. These materials can then be edited fairly easily in SketchUp, making the use of this feature user friendly.
To learn how to apply and edit materials in Google SketchUp follow the steps given below.


Step # 1 – Opening the “materials” panel

First of all open the materials panel by going to the “windows” menu and then click on the “materials” option. The panel gives you inbuilt materials that you can apply on your model.

Go to the “materials” panel

Step # 2 – Applying the material

Simply select the one you want and click on the surface you want to use it on.

Add the material

Step # 3 – Going to other material options

There are many material options which you can view from the drop down menu on the top. To view more, go to the menu and select “bricks and cladding”. You can choose any of these and replace the previous material applied with it as well.

Open the other material options

Step # 4 – Apply materials to the model

Rotate around by means of the “orbit” tool and apply the stone material on the structure. The “paint bucket” tool is used to apply materials which can be selected from the tool panel above.

Add materials to the model

Step # 5 – Opening the “edit” tab

The inbuilt textured materials cannot be edited. To see this go to the “edit” tab and you will see that every option is locked.

Go to the “edit” tab

Step # 6 – Selecting the created material

You can edit the materials that you have imported. For this choose the one that you created and apply it on the model.

Choose the created material

Step # 7 – Opening the “edit” tab of the created material

Once you have selected the material that you created, go to the “edit” tab and from here you can alter the settings.

Go to the “edit” tab of the created material

Step # 8 – Changing the color through the color wheel

The color of the material can be changed in three ways. The first one is by selecting a different color from the color wheel.

Alter the color through the color wheel

Step # 9 – Choosing a color from the model

The two other options present on the side can be also be used to change the color of the Sketchup materials. The one on the left, when you choose it, you can select any color from the model and the color of the material automatically changes to it.

Select a color from the model

Step # 10 – Choosing a color from the screen

The color can also be changed to any other one present on the screen. Select the second button and click anywhere on the screen to choose that color.

Select a color from the screen

Step # 11 – Changing the image

As this material is created from an image, you can change it from the “browse” option or even edit it in an external software by clicking on the option next to it.

Alter the image

Step # 12 – Altering the size of the tile

The size of a single tile can also be altered by the length and width options given. The measurements that are by default given here are according to the proportions of the image. To enter your own proportions first unlock the proportionality by pressing the button on the right.

Change the size of the tile

Step # 13 – Altering the opacity

Last but not the least, you can even increase or decrease the opacity of the artwork according to your requirement.
Adding these materials provide you with different Sketchup textures so as to give a realistic effect and enhance your drawings.

Change the opacity