Wed 29 Dec, 2010
Tags: Design, SketchUp, Software, Table, Tutorial, Video
Is It Real? Or Is It Memorex?
With the help of Photoshop Lightroom I was able to create jpeg files of representative grain for each wood species used in the Bedside Table. I will not describe the steps I performed in Lightroom since that is beyond the scope of this tutorial, but you can use any jpeg file (or many other file formats) as a texture. The quality of the jpeg will determine whether your model looks realistic or not. The trade off is that higher quality requires larger files and bloated models. The choice is yours. In this tutorial I have opted for a reasonably high quality to demonstrate the capabilities of SketchUp. However, rest assured, I am not an expert SketchUp modeler; an expert can do far better than I have here, but I think the objectives of this tutorial will be achieved, as demonstrated by the picture at left (click on the picture to enlarge).
As an interesting side story, the picture at left is one of a completed project I built for my wife. You can see additional shots of this Cherry Chest Of Drawers in my Gallery. It is from this piece that I took the digital photos of cherry grain to create the textures used in this post. The SketchUp model of this piece is also available on my Free Plans page.
One day I was contacted by William Manning, Senior Director, IDX Renditioner, a division of IMSI that makes a plugin for SketchUp. Their plugin greatly enhances the texturing engine. William asked if they could use my SketchUp model of this piece, and some of my pictures, to texture the model and achieve a photorealistic image. The picture below right is the result (click to enlarge image). Notice the shadows. To see more photorealistic images of this model and other SketchUp model go to the IDX Renditioner Gallery.
To follow along in this tutorial you will need to download seven texture files. Be sure to save these files where you are certain to find them. Click on each of the following files to download and save them:
It may be necessary to right click on the above links and choose Save Link As to download them.
A completed SketchUp model of the Bedside Table can be downloaded from my website srww.com. Select the Free Plans menu button, scroll down to Tables and locate Bedside Table from the list. It is available both in native SketchUp file format (.skp) and as a PDF file (.pdf). Before you view the video take time to familiarize yourself with its textured components.
Downloading the Video to Your Computer
Sometimes the performance of your internet connection, the load on it at a particular time of day, and the length of these video tutorials can all conspire to provide you a frustrating and impossible viewing experience. If this happens it may be preferable to download the entire video unto your system and view it on your local video player. The video file is an mp4. It can be viewed with most video players including QuickTime and Media Player. If you have a default, or user specified, file association for .mp4 you may have to delete it or use a download manager to download this file. Otherwise the associated application may be invoked and file streaming will prevail over downloading. There are numerous free download managers on the internet. Be careful, and do some research to locate one that is not loaded with spyware or viruses.
If you are on a PC platform running Windows OS and have Internet Explorer or Firefox you don’t have to change file association or use a downloader. Simply right click on the link(s) below and choose Save Link As. When Explorer opens choose a destination folder and select Save.
To download this video click here or paste
into your download manager.
Viewing in Your Browser
You may find it easier to view the video in full screen mode. Start the video before selecting this mode. To enter full screen mode click the little screen icon at the bottom of the video player. When in full screen view hold your cursor near the bottom of the screen to access the video player’s controls. Exit full screen mode with the Esc key. This part is approximately 40 minutes long. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
See you in Beginner’s SketchUp Tutorial, The Video Version–Part 8.