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Create and use custom SketchUp materials


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SketchUp is great for giving you an idea of how your designs will look. Not only can you get a good visual of the shape of the model but you can experiment with different finishes. In previous blog posts I’ve shown how to create wood grain textures to use on your models. If you are going to paint your project you can, of course add colors. The other day I was chatting with a friend who told me he is thinking about doing a graduated color finish on a floor lamp project he’s working on that is loosely based on the colors of rhubarb. He’d modeled the lamp in Sketchup and wanted to know how he could experiment with the colors he has in mind. Of course since he has the SketchUp model already, he doesn’t have to commit to anything on the real project.

In this video I’ll show you how I created the gradient shown below and then applied it to a model. For this example I’m using Tage Frid’s Dining Chair. If you want to try applying this to your models, feel free to save the image and give it a go.

If you have any questions put them in the comments.






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