As I was cruisin’ around the wine shop a few night’s ago, admiring a particular wine label, I thought it was about time for a Skill Builder on the topic of mapping images to curved surfaces in SketchUp.
Textures (aka materials) in SketchUp are really important because they perform the essential job of bringing your geometry to life. A well-textured SketchUp model is not unlike a well-crafted wine label, inviting you to explore its contents.
If you’ve already mastered the application of textures on flat faces, take a look at the two short videos below where I demonstrate the process of painting and projecting textures on more complex, curved surfaces.
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the workflow in the video above:
Use the Select tool to access the geometry where you want to apply a texture (double-click to enter Groups/Components if needed).
Go to View > Hidden Geometry to reveal the polygon breakdown of the curved surface.
Go to File > Import... and browse to your image file in the Import dialog box.
Verify that “Use As Texture” is the selected format and click “Import”.
Click once on the bottom edge of the face where you want to position the image.
Click a second time on the top edge of that face to paint the image there. Note that your image will likely appear trimmed off – no worries!