Part 1 of this series on paper houses showed how to use SketchUp to create and unfold a simple house, which can be printed, folded, colored, and assembled.
Part 2 showed how to create the same house painted in SketchUp, with the help of a graphic editor.
This post, as well as the next one, show how to model the entire house in SketchUp. And paint it using Photo Match. I love this method – it’s a bit complicated for the youngest kids. But learning Photo Match is a huge boost for spatial reasoning, and for thinking generally in 3D.
Model the Mouse and Details in SketchUp
Here’s where I’m starting – our familiar simple house, painted with basic materials.
The house that will be printed and folded needs to be painted from scratch. (Recall from Part 2 that if you create new faces within faces, the Flatten extension won’t work correctly.)
So make a copy of the house, and change all of the copied faces to the default material.
For address numbers, I used the 3D Text tool, set to be filled but not extruded.
Get Images for Photo Match
Photo Match is a tool for painting two or more faces at once, based on a photo. These photos are usually real-world pictures taken of existing buildings on a project site, but there’s no reason we can’t use Photo Match for a toy house.
The viewing angle is what matters for a good Photo Match image. You should be facing one corner at about a 45-degree angle, so that each face you’re looking at is completely in view. Here’s the angle I’m using for the inside corner of the house:
I took a screen capture of the house, while the house filled the entire SketchUp window. But you can also use one of the File / Export / 2D Graphic options to save your image.
Here’s the viewing angle I used for the outside corner, and I took a second screen capture.
Next, in Part 4, we’ll use these two images to paint the blank model.