Interior Design

Soap Skin Pillow: Part 3 - Paint the Soap Bubble

In Part 1 of this series, we downloaded a pillow image and created the flat shape of the pillow. And in Part 2, we used the Soap Skin & Bubble extension to give the pillow its puffy shape. In this last part, we’ll finish up our model by painting it with the image we downloaded in […]

Soap Skin Pillow: Part 2 - Soap Skin Bubble

In Part 1 of this series, we started our pillow model by importing an image and trimming a square to get the pillow shape. Here’s where we ended up:   Now we’ll use the amazing Soap Skin & Bubble Extension to give the pillow its puffy shape. You can get this free extension in the […]

Soap Skin Pillow: Part 1 - Build the Pillow Shape

Hi all, sorry for the lack of posting last week. It was a bit crazy with the upcoming release of a new book – stay tuned for our announcement! I recently posted a four-part series on “Perfect Pillows.” That technique was a bit of a cheat – using a more or less rectangular block with rounded edges […]

Low Poly Models

Even on a fast computer, have you ever had a SketchUp model perform really slowly? In most cases, slow orbiting and the like is caused by bloated models. And what usually causes this bloating is the importing of large models from the 3D Warehouse. (By “large” I don’t mean a model’s dimensions or scale; I […]

SketchUp Artists Styles: Part 2 - Install Styles into SketchUp

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to download a style file from SketchUpArtists.org. When your extracted style file is in a folder on your computer, you’re ready to install it into SketchUp.   Create a Style Collection In SketchUp, open the Styles window and click the Details arrow.   Choose to open or […]

SketchUp Artists Styles: Part 1 - Download Free Styles

So many people don’t know about SketchUp styles. But I’ve seen that once someone discovers styles, they’ll play with them like a kid in a toy store. Styles are used to change how your model appears. SketchUp provides a pretty decent collection in the Styles window:   But when you want to branch out from […]

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 […]