Changing the colors of materials and faces in SketchUp

May 15, 2018 Aaron Dietzen

It's simple enough to change the color of a face in SketchUp, right? All you have to do is click the Paint Bucket tool, choose the color that you want to use, and then click to paint the face. Simple!

What happens when you want to change the color of a material? Say you want some blue bricks, or red grass. What now? You could always double click an existing material and edit it in an external editor. There, you can use whatever your preferred tools are to change the hue, contrast, or saturation. Finally, you need to save as a new image, and then import it into SketchUp. You now have a new material sitting in your color window. Not quite as simple.

Now, what if you want to adjust all instances of a color. What if you need to change all of the brick in your model? Is there a simple way to do that in SketchUp?

Would I type up all of these questions if I did not have a simple solution? Behold! This week’s Skill Builder: changing colors of materials and faces in SketchUp.

Changing the colors of materials and faces in SketchUp.

About the Author

Aaron Dietzen

You probably recognize Aaron from those videos on YouTube. Turns out, he can write sometimes, too! Aaron has years of experience with SketchUp and enjoys using it for both professional and personal projects.

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