Use Image Editing Software Inside SketchUp
By Nomer Adona
This simple little tutorial will show you how to edit a texture image right inside SketchUp with Photoshop or whichever image editing software you use.
1. Choosing Your Default Image Editor for SketchUp
Make sure Adobe Photoshop is your default image editor if it is not, go to Window>Preferences>Applications and browse for your Photoshop.exe file. You should find it in your Photoshop program file folder. Double click on your Photoshop icon and that will load the exe. file.
2. Editing Your Material
To edit your material, just right click on the material and select Edit Texture Image from the Context menu that appears. This will open your image editing software, in this case Photoshop.
3. Editing in Photoshop
At this stage your image editing software should have opened automatically, in this case Photoshop. Edit your image as required and once finished Flatten Image and Save it. The file will be saved in a temporary folder.
4. The Image is Updated in SketchUp
The image is automatically updated in SketchUp once you Save and Flatten it in Photoshop. The saved image is located in a temporary folder used by SketchUp.
Another way to access your editing software is to go to Windows>Materials and click on the Edit tab (1) in the Dialog box and then click on Edit texture image in external editor icon (2) as highlighted by the arrows in the image below.
And the screen shot of the material being edited in Paint Shop Pro.
Again Flatten and Save for image to update in SketchUp. Its a simple as that…in SketchUp all you have to do is to use those pins to adjust your materials and if you are not satisfied will your texture, you can just shift back to Photoshop and do some more work on it, which is the big plus in SketchUp 7.
Here are some renders and projects I did using this useful method of editing my materials. To get a good result proper texturing is a must.
I hope you found this little tutorial informative and you can incorporate it into your modeling work. Thanks for reading it.
Some of Nomer Adona’s other tutorials here at SketchUpArtists:
- Lighting with V-Ray for SketchUp – definitive guide part 2
- Lighting with V-Ray for SketchUp – definitive guide part 1
- Basic IES Tutorial Using V-Ray for SketchUp
- Using HDRI in V-Ray for SketchUp
- IES Light Tutorial using V-Ray for SketchUp
- Create a Tile Imprint SketchUp, Photoshop, Pixplant and V-Ray
- Texture Workflow with SketchUp, Photoshop and Podium
- A Watercolor Line Drawing Ink Effect
Don’t forget to check out Nomer’s own website for more of his inspiring work and free resources.