Us­ing colour and shad­ows in 3D

Ap­ply­ing colour and shad­ows can be just as re­ward­ing in 3D as it is in 2D. Get up to speed with help

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pply­ing ba­sic colours and shad­ows to your three­d­i­men­sional SketchUp mod­els is straight­for­ward. By us­ing the Paint Bucket tool, you’ll be able to add colour in only a few mouse clicks. Adding and ma­nip­u­lat­ing shad­ows is just as easy. If you haven;t got SketchUp, you can down­load the free ver­sion SketchUp Make, at

APaint en­tire com­po­nents

The fastest way to change the over­all look of your model is to paint en­tire com­po­nents at once. When you click the Paint Bucket tool, a Ma­te­ri­als di­a­log ap­pears. Use the slide bar to se­lect any colour you pre­fer, such as orange in this ex­am­ple. Now move your cur­sor to one of the model’s com­po­nents and click it to change its colour.

In this month’s Core Skills ar­ti­cle, I’ll ap­ply colour and shad­ows to one of my four-armed con­struc­tion mech de­signs. When you paint a com­plex model, you can ei­ther se­lect en­tire com­po­nents or you can choose to se­lect in­di­vid­ual sur­faces as you see fit. Shad­ows are ap­plied to the en­tire model in one go. Just follow the three steps be­low and you’re in business!

Colour in­di­vid­ual sur­faces

Right-click a com­po­nent and se­lect Edit com­po­nent to colour in­di­vid­ual de­tails. Se­lect the sur­face you want changed and colour it just as you did in the first step. The over­all com­po­nent keeps the colour you gave it ear­lier, but the se­lected de­tail ac­quires the new colour (grey in my ex­am­ple). Du­pli­cate com­po­nents in your model are changed in the same way.

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