Background Modification in Sketchup

Here are the tips on how to change the background in SketchUp (not for render).
Usually when we want to present our SketchUp drawing to our client, it’s only a sky, isn’t it?

SO, with this way, we can change / customize our background so at least it will make our scene more real although it’s only a sketch without rendered.

If you want to render the scene (vray or podium or anything else render engine), then you should use HDRI or customize on Photoshop.

So, here is the step by step:

1. Show the Styles window by accessing menu Window -> Style.
2. In window Style, choose tab “Edit”, then choose “Watermark” from the menu

3. Click “(+)” icon then select a bitmap whatever you want to show for your background image, usually its a sky image or something else. The bigger the image size will make more smooth.
4. then, you will get a dialog question window, choose “Background”. Then, “Watermark1” on the option can changed/renamed to whatever u want.
5. The next dialog, let the settings to the default, just click “Next”.
6. Next dialog, choose “Positioned in the screen”, then move the slider in the “Scale” to the right, This means our bitmap will strecthed fully. Thats why i suggest you use bigger image size so you will get smoother result.
7. Then, on the bullet icon, this means how the image repetition start. In this case, i select the bottom center. But you can select/try your own based on your image. Then, click “Finish”

Done.. ! ^_^ .. the parameter i mention above is not absolute, you can take your time to experience .. i hope this is useful for you ..

Background Modification in Sketchup

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Rendering Optimization in VRAY Sketchup

I have encountered these following questions “My client wanted me to print A0 size paper with nice quality, how can I do it?” Today I receive this from one of the follower with my Nomeradona Facebookpage “Nomeradona, I am working on a Google SketchUp 3D Floor Plan, and trying to Render it in Vray. I am able to Render it at (800×600), but I run out of ram, when I tried to output the (4000×3000 dpi) file size. Are there any tricks you can recommend to reduce the file size or increase rendering optimization?”

In this case, what shall we do? The good news is there is a very simple solution in Vray Sketchup 1.49.01 and here is this using the output vrimage.

This is an old Sketchup file which I did almost four years ago. Let me just use it to quickly show you the trick

Step 1: The output size

I have rendered before more than 8000px width x 4000px spherical panorama render which I used for this Virtual reality post. CLICK HERE to view this post. So far this was the maximum size I have tried. Anyhow in this particular render, I will make an output of perhaps half of this.

Step 2: IR passes
Since the image is huge, you don’t need that high min/max rate. I lowered my min/max rate to -5,-3

Step 3: VRImage output. 

Locate the output roll-out window and under the setting output, tick the box “Render to VRImage”. Once selected save it in exr root file to any folder that you want.

Step 4: Preview Image. 
Vray SketchUp will now begin to write the data in your hardrive. The Vray frame buffer will appear and you will see on the very top it reads “preview of the file output size that you have entered”.

Once done, the image file will be written to the assigned folder that you have chosen.

Open Photoshop and load the exr file

Step 5: Converting the Gamma 2.2 to Gamma1.0
Vray SU by default uses gamma 2.2. When we open the file in Photoshop you should not be surprise why it’s too bright. In order to convert the Gamma 2.2 to 1.0, select image/ adjustments/exposure.

Enter the value 0.45.45 ( 1.0 divided by 2.2)

Here it is..

I hope this is useful!

Nomeradona

How to render extra huge output image without crashing in Vray SketchUp

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FrameModeler for sketchup

FrameModeler is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2018.

This user-friendly architecture tool is compatible with elementary architecture components like column, beam, wall, slab, grid etc. and can be set by the users with their fingertips.

FrameModeler works out the area and volume of the material similar to excluding intersected faces and edges.

• Information Export Tool
Export Excel data
• Select model data from ModelInfo
• Update Model Condition
Excluding intersected faces and edges, updating grid position.

Download the extension from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

FrameModeler for sketchup

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How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis demonstrates the functionality of a useful sketchup plugin called FlexTools that can be used for generating dynamic components inside sketchup.

One can produce various smart objects like doors, windows etc. The plugin allows the users to arrange the doors, windows, louvers and other objects inside openings in your sketchup models instantly and smoothly.

This sketchup plugin is developed by FlexTools CC. It is a paid extension and cost is US$33 for one component and US$114 for all components.

One can download the plugin from thesketchupessentials.com/flextools.

Flex tools is a series of opening creation tools developed on the basis of sketchup dynamic components engine. It comprises of the responsive objects scale and modifies to openings automatically.

The components can be resized devoid of any distortion. Here, only the sections of components which are expected to resize like the door or the glass in the windows, will be only resized whereas the frames and other objects remain unchanged in sizes.

To get more detail, go through the following video tutorial.

How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

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An exclusive sketchup workshop with Lisa Bafagih, an educator at St John’s College Cork

Lisa Bafagih, a renowned architect and educator at St John’s College Cork, is conducting a workshop for sketchup users. The workshop will be held on Thurs 26th July from 10:00am – 4:00pm at National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork.

This workshop is specifically designed for the artists and creators who want to improve their basic knowledge and skill with the SketchUp Interface and modelling tools.

The workshop will also focus on the more advanced capabilities of the program with illustrations onthird party plugins and SketchUp Pro.

Topics covered:

a. Presentation with the SketchUp interface and navigation tools.
b. Best practice while applying SketchUp’s modelling and modification tools.
c. Elementary modelling techniques with 2D and 3D modelling tools.
d. Model organization along with groups and components.
e. Application of the SketchUp Warehouse.
f. Utilization of the materials editor to produce custom-made materials
g. Section planes, cameras and 2D export formats.

Presentations:

a. Scenes, animation export.
b. SketchUp Pro, CAD import.
c. Sketchup Pro, export to Layout, scale.
d. Twilight Plug -in, rendering.

This workshop is intended for all levels of expertise but primary computer skills are necessary. This workshop is part of an Art & Technology Workshop Series at the NSF for 2018 which will consist of workshops in Rhino – a 3D modelling programme; Blender & 3D Printing and introductory course to VR – Virtual Reality, its platforms, gear and the Unity Gaming Engine.

To get more details, go through the following website nationalsculpturefactory.com

An exclusive sketchup workshop with Lisa Bafagih, an educator at St John’s College Cork

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http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will get some nice tricks which will be very helpful while modeling inside of groups and components.

Groups and components play an important role to make the model clean and valid. But sometime, problem arises when the geometry is invisible at the time of editing when the remaining part of the model gets in your way. By applying these tricks, it is possible to get a clear view while editing components. It becomes easier to edit inside of a group or components.

To start with, go to window tab and from the drop down menu click on modeling info option and then click on components tab. Here, couple sliders are available. Under editing display, there are two sliders namely Fade Similar Components and Fade Rest of Model. Under Component Axes, there is one check box called show component axes. Make necessary changes in the sliders to resolve the issue.

There is another option. Go to view menu and from drop down lists click on component edit and select either hide rest model or hide similar components.

To learn the tips in detail, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Sketchup

How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

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Demo of component finder, a new sketchup extension

This exclusive sketchup video tutorial provides the demonstration of a new sketchup extension called Component Finder. This extension can simplify the process to view and import components inside sketchup.

The tutorial video focuses on the following topics :- How to set up Component Finder, Navigate 3D Models, Add a component, Save a component, Rename a component, Update a component.

The extension contains the following exclusive features :-

Quickly filter through your local Sketchup components library, and find the components you need. Just a click away, all within Sketchup.

Enhanced Browsing: Now, it is possible to view all the components in a folder, it’s sub-folders as well as in their sub-folders all in one view.

View your components in each tab in best possible manner

Flat View: Avail the components in the present folder and in all of it’s sub-folders, and their sub-folders… (5 levels deep).

Nav View: The recognizable browsing view of folders and components. It is ideal for navigating and focusing on a specific folder.

Powerful Search: Type in with your search term, and ComponentFinder will filter through all of your tabs and the components in them unless you get your desired result.

Zoom In / Out: View bigger or smaller component thumbnails.

Save Components: After arranging some components into a model, if any modifications take place, one can save them right back into any open tab.

To get more information, go through the following link flextools.cc/componentfinder

Open multiple tabs at once: Choose numerous folders from your local library and include them simultaneously as separate tabs in ComponentFinder.

FlexTools Integration: ComponentFinder operates on top of the FlexTools platform. Same toolbar. Same settings location. Automatic updates when available.

Watch the following video for live demonstration.

Demo of component finder, a new sketchup extension

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ColorHex – The newest sketchup extension

Rafael Rivera has developed ColorHex, an exclusive sketchup extension available in extension warehouse.

This sketchup extension is well matched with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018 as well as windows platform.

The plugin can be used to paint any sketchup models based on #Hex color values by applying a series of toolset.

Brief description of tools:

Hex Brush Tool: The Hex Brush Tool paint faces through #hex color values. The users will be able to click & drag the mouse to incessantly arrange paint to the SketchUp model.

Hex Sample Tool: The Hex Sample Tool will opt for the color value of face entity to paint with.

Hex Input Tool: The Hex Input Tool facilitates the users to put in a #hex color value to paint.

Hex Magic Wand Tool: The Magic Wand Tool picks connected faces with the equivalent color.

The plugin can be downloaded from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

ColorHex – The newest sketchup extension

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How to perform version control in sketchup with trimble connect

This exclusive sketchup video is the part of sketchup skill builder series. In this sketchup video tutorial, you will learn how to perform version control in sketchup with the help of Trimble Connect.

Version control means how you track diverse versions of your files as they develop.

Trimble Connect offers a new way for designers, builders, owners and operators to collaborate, share, view project information as well as control the latest project documents, photos, drawings and 3D models via the cloud over the design, build and operate stages of a project.

To learn the entire process, go through the following video tutorial.

How to perform version control in sketchup with trimble connect

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CompoScene – The newest sketchup extension is just launched

Rafael Rivera has developed CompoScene, the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It can only function in windows platform.

The extension will be very effective for different industries like Architecture, Education, Film & Stage, Gaming, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

The extension can be used for generating and exporting sketchup scenes containing rendering channels and composing them in photoshop or other painting apps.

CompoScene has the ability to develop rendering channels for you to build upon and produce your individual art style.

One can access the extension from the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Go through the following video to have live demo of the extension.

CompoScene – The newest sketchup extension is just launched

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