Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2014!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2014!

While Santa is getting settled in his new abode (looks like there is still some construction to do), it is time for me to wish you all wonderful holidays, a relaxing time with your family and friends and all the best for the new year! I hope to meet you, see you, email you or talk to you all again in 2014. Cheers, Alex P.S. As always, SketchUp was heavily used in the making of this picture. Santa came from the 3D Warehouse and yes, those are CLT panels....
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Creating Photo Textures for Rendering

Creating Photo Textures for Rendering

As you just saw in the CLT example, having a good texture makes all the difference when you create renderings in SketchUp. I also discussed this in some length in the book (especially in the rendering chapter). To expand on this topic, here are some tips: Making a seamless texture Obviously a seamlessly repeating (a "tiling") texture is the most efficient way to go when you use textures. This allows you to use a small image to fill a large space. And if you use a good texture, you won't even see any seams or repeating patterns. As I described in the book, there are many places where you can get good quality tiling textures. However, what do you do when you need to make your own? First of all, start with a good image! This typically requires a few simple but important steps: Find the texture you are looking for (a brick wall, grass etc.). Be careful with the sun's position. If...
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Need a Cross-Laminated Timber in SketchUp?

Need a Cross-Laminated Timber in SketchUp?

With Cross-Laminated Timber (often abbreviated to CLT) available now as a new and exciting building material, I am sure some of you will need to include these in your SketchUp models, too. To help you out a bit, I am making available SketchUp components of 3-ply and 5-ply CLT panels. You can download them from my 3D Warehouse account (for example you can just search for "CLT" in the Components window in SketchUp). Click on the links below to preview and access them. As always, these are available under a Creative Commons Attribution License. If you need the raw textures for your own creations, you can download these images from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexschreyer/8892850629/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexschreyer/8892850691 They are from my textures set....
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Create a penny floor with this texture

Create a penny floor with this texture

Today I came across a great idea on Google+: Use coins as flooring - preferably one cent pieces (that are even taken out of circulation in some places). With a bit of resin on top, this ingenious flooring solution adds sparkle and a wonderful warm glow to a room. While adding this to a real floor should be pretty labor intensive, as it turns out, creating a texture for rendering proved quite easy. You can grab the diffuse texture as well as the bump map from my flickr pages by clicking on the images below and then use them in your own projects. And here are the material settings for Twilight Renderer: The texture repeats a bit, so make sure you adjust its rotation a bit to remove that effect. Also, you might want to add the bump texture into the reflection channel to only have the pennies reflect....
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Free materials and environments available

Free materials and environments available

I just published a page (under the book companion pages) called "Freebies" where I am giving stuff away! At this point, this page features texture images and spherical environments, which you can use for your SketchUp renderings. All of them are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Therefore, feel free to use any of them in your (personal and commercial) projects. Although the environments are only LDR (not HDR) and most textures don't tile, they can be very useful as the rendering above this text shows. Keep checking the Freebies page (or my Flickr sets) often as I will be adding material regularly....
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