Apply finishing touches in 3D
Give your 3D models that all-important personal look by applying some last-minute polish, says
Personalise your 3D art, with Mark Roosien’s help.
y previous core skills articles have explained the techniques you need to create a 3D model or scene in SketchUp (check out the free version of the program at www.sketchup.com). When a model is finished (is it ever?), SketchUp offers several features that enable you to present your work in your own customised visual style.
mGet rid of that default background!
Click Window in the menu bar and then Styles. In the pop-up dialog you’re presented with several options. To change the background, select Edit and then click the Background Settings tool. Remove the background colours by deselecting Sky and Ground or just change them by clicking the coloured squares. In this example, I select a white ground and sky.
SketchUp provides you with a default background, featuring a blue sky and a green surface. Such a bland background enables you to focus on the task in hand: that of creating interesting 3D models. However, by using the Styles dialog you gain access to several style options, which can be applied as you see fit. To demonstrate this, I’ll restyle one of my own models in three easy steps.
Experiment with ‘instant’ styles
Style settings can be edited individually as shown, but you can also select instant styles from a drop-down list. In the dialog, click Select to reveal options from the dropdown list. For instance, to give your model a sketchy look, select Sketchy Edges and then Conte. Experiment to produce the result that best suits your art.