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Importing and Exporting Image Files

In SketchUp, images can help your model come to life on-screen. You can import images to create custom textures that you apply to faces in your 3D model. And you can export images to share a model with friends, clients, or colleagues or perhaps in an online portfolio of your work.

Inserting Images

Images can enhance your LayOut documents all sorts of ways, from a photorealistic rendering of a proposed design to a small branding element like a logo.

Sticking a Photo or Texture to a Face

Have you ever stuck a decal on a window or a wall? In SketchUp, sticking an image on a face is even easier than those decals, because digital images don’t wrinkle or trap air bubbles.

Importing Preexisting Terrain into SketchUp

Does the terrain that you want to model exist somewhere outside your imagination and in digital form? Hurrah! You can just import it!

Importing Strokes into Style Builder

Style Builder includes a library of sample strokes, but the whole idea behind creating your own sketchy edge style is that you can use strokes that you’ve drawn yourself.

Importing and Exporting 3DS Files

The 3DS format is one of those oldies but goodies. The format is native to the original DOS-based 3D Studio modeling and animation application. Although the 3DS format is obsolete in many ways, it’s still widely used.

Viewing Your Model in Google Earth

Previewing a SketchUp model in Google Earth is great way to see how your model looks in the context of its surroundings.

Blurring/distorted images

The Quick Answer

  • Download and install the most current video card drivers from the manufacturer's website.
  • Disable 'Fast Feedback' on your system.
  • Make sure that your video card supports OpenGL 1.5+.

Filling Shapes with Colors and Patterns

Do your shapes seem a little empty inside? To help your ideas stand out on-screen, use LayOut’s Fill features to add a pop of color, and use the Pattern features to create hatches, which symbolize materials in architectural drawings, as shown in the following figure.

Making a Great 3D Warehouse Model

When developing models (components) for the 3D Warehouse, you should model for visualization, design, and specification.

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