Course Details and Schedule

SketchUp is a simple yet powerful 3D modelling program. This advanced session will cover materials, i.e. the textures that are applied to the surfaces of a 3D model. Materials are a key way of adding detail and realism to a model, and keeping a model 'light' by avoiding adding unnecessary geometry.

See below for course schedule

Key topics
  • Principles of texturing 3D models using 2D images
  • Applying and editing existing SketchUp materials
  • Creating new materials from digital photographs
  • Positioning materials on model faces
  • Using transparency in materials
  • Creating 'face me' components, e.g. people, trees
  • Matching models to digital site photos
  • Projecting site photography onto models
Course information
Intended audience Students who want to work with materials at an advanced level to create detailed, complex models
Prior knowledge A basic working knowledge of SketchUp from 'SketchUp: An introduction to 3D modelling'
Software SketchUp 8
Format Presentation with practical exercises
Where next? The parallel sesion is SketchUp: Advanced techniques - materials. Digital images courses would be helpful for working with materials.
Taught using:
Windows 7

Course provider: IT Learning Programme


Frequency: Every term subject to teacher availability. Express an interest in future dates for this course.