Interior Design

adding wall art in SketchUp Band Render 005

This last post in the series was a bit of an afterthought – I hadn’t thought to include anything about picture frames. But it seemed  a fitting way to wrap up this series, to add a more realistic look to your wall art. I have a specific way I like to do my frames, which […]

adding wall art SketchUp Posters 21

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use an imported image to create a wall poster or painting. In Part 2 I showed how to adjust the component so that it will align to any wall. In this post, I’ll show what I consider to be the best way to model art elements: […]

adding wall art SketchUp Posters 14

Here’s where I left off after Part 1 of this series – a room with one painting (so far), brought in as an image and made into an aligned component. But as we’ll see, the default alignment assigned by SketchUp won’t work the way we want.   What’s the Alignment Problem? Let’s say I want to move […]

SketchUp Wall Art: Part 1 - Import Image

Look at this lovely, sun-filled room (rendered from SketchUp by the free Twilight Hobby rendering extension: It’s missing something, right? How about a couple of fun paintings or posters on the walls:   It’s pretty easy to bring images into SketchUp, to use as textures or stand-alone images. But there are also correct and incorrect […]

More Pillow Ideas

A few weeks ago I posted a four-part series on making realistic-looking pillows. You can find Part 1 here. It’ll be helpful to read that series before trying these examples, to get familiar with projected textures and material sampling. Blog reader (and 3DVinci book customer) Jorge Lopez is a professor of Architectural Technology at Kirkwood Community […]

Image Trimmer Extension: Part 2 – Face Camera

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use the Image Trimmer extension to make a stand-up component from a PNG image. Here’s where I left off: a face surrounded by hidden edges (over 4800 of them!)   Component Location So we have a couple of issues. First, the man’s feet should be […]

Image Trimmer Extension: Part 1 - Trimming

I had never heard of the Image Trimmer extension until I read something about it on Facebook. So I tried it out and wrote a couple of posts about it. Why trim? I’ve done a lot of projects that involve tracing and trimming, in particular for 3D printing. As an example, here’s a picture of a penguin: Using […]

Pillow Model Render

Here we are: the last post in this four-part pillow series. To recap: In Part 1 we made the basic pillow shape. In Part 2 we painted the pillow using an image. In Part 3 we rounded the corners, and adjusted the image to match. Here’s the completed pillow, saved in its own file. It looks […]

Pillow model 28

In Part 1 of this series, we created the basic shape of the pillow, and in Part 2 we painted the front face with an image of a pillow. In this post, we’ll finish up the pillow, rounding its sharp edges and painting the sides and back. RoundCorner Extension You’ll need an extension for the rounding: […]