How to apply images in Google SketchUp

Learning how to apply images in Google SketchUp is not a difficult task. The simple feature of knowing how to import to SketchUp can allow you to bring external images into this software. You can even render in Sketchup by applying different materials which are either inbuilt or can be applied in the form of images onto your surfaces.
To learn more of how to work with images in Google SketchUp look at the steps given below.


Step # 1 – Go to the “import” option

Go to the “file” menu on the top left and select the “import” option. You can then open the file where the images to be imported are saved.

Select the “import” option

Step # 2 – Select the “use as image” option

While importing pictures Google SketchUp gives you three options on the right side. Select the picture you want to upload and choose the “use as image” option.

Choose the “use as image” option

Step # 3 – Place the image

Click on the point where you want this picture to start covering the surface from. Notice, the image will decrease and increase in size according to the proportions of the picture.

Position the image

Step # 4 – Select the “use as texture” option

On the other hand, if you import the same image as a texture then it can be used to cover complete surfaces. Select the “use as texture” option while importing the picture.

Choose the “use as texture” option

Step # 5 – Place the texture

Place the picture on top of the wall you wish to cover. When you first place the image, keep its proportions the same as you want to cover the whole wall with. This way, import to SketchUp different pictures that you can use as textures for the existing surfaces.

Position the texture

Step # 6 – Cover the wall with the texture

When you leave the mouse button and then click it again the wall gets covered with the picture, the proportions of the bricks remain the same as you defined earlier.
You can use this same method to cover any wall that you want no matter which shape.

Place the texture on the wall

Step # 7 – Select the “position” option

The position and perspective of the image can also be altered. To do this right click on it, drop down to “texture” and select the “position” option.

Choose the “position” option

Step # 8 – Alter the texture

This provides you with four points that are fixed right now. Therefore, when you move them the whole image moves. It can be moved sideways, can be rotated while pivoted from one point or brought into perspective.

Modify the texture

Step # 9 – Uncheck the “fixed pins” option

To alter the size of the bricks in the image, select the “position” option again and then right click to uncheck the “fixed pins” option.

Deselect the “fixed pins” option

Step # 10 – Alter the size of the bricks

Now when you move two points from any side the proportions of the bricks can be changed.
Thus this way using different images you can render in SketchUp to enhance the output of the drawing.

Change the size of the bricks