Modeling a pool in SketchUp

In this tutorial I will show how to model a simple swimming pool in SketchUp and Indigo, with nice caustics at the bottom of the pool. This is what we will be making:

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Model the pool ground and walls

Create a quad like so:

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Create a rectangle in the middle of the quad:

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Using the Push/Pull tool, push the middle down to create the pool recess:

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Create the water volume

Create a cuboidal volume for the pool water. It needs to be somewhat larger than the pool recess along all axes.

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Create the water material

Create a new SketchUp material called ‘water’ or similar.

Set the opacity to something around 50% to make sure the water material is transparent.

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Apply the material to all faces of the water volume.

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Move the water volume into place

Move the water volume into place with the move tool. The sides of the water volume should extend past the pool recess like so:

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Finishing the water material

We need to set a couple of settings in the water material – some absorption to give the water a blue/green tint, and some displacement, to create the water ripples.

Open the SkIndigo material editor, and make sure the ‘water’ material is selected.

Change the material type to ‘specular’:

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Change the Absorption type to ‘none’.

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

Click the dotted button to the right of ‘Absorption’.

Set the RGB absorption to R: 0.2, G: 0.12, B: 0.1:

Modelling a pool in SketchUp

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Published By

Arka Roy

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