American Hanging Cupboard #4: 3D Rendering/Texturing in Sketchup

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Blog entry by Mark D. posted 10-31-2009 01:51 AM 5591 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after the tip from Jack regarding Kerkythea I decided to download it and play around. I found some amazing wood textures at Arroway Textures of different wood species(they have a sample available for each species for non-commercial use) and started applying them to the model… below are some shots of the results. If you click on the exploded view it will open a large version rendered at the highest available pixel setting in Kerkythea. There are a few spots where the texture is applied 90 degrees to how it should be, but over all, it looks decent. The default glass texture from Sketchup needs some work opacity wise as it currently looks like a big blue sheet of plastic…


Closed View
Closed View

Open View
Open View

Lower Right
Lower Right

From Below
From Below

Lower Left
Lower Left

This was a great learning experience today while I was away from the shop. I’ll definitely be exploring the 3D rendering more for future projects and learning more about applying textures in sketchup. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a tutorial on applying textures with proper grain orientation and rendering in Kerkythea.

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Jack Barnhill

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 03:33 AM

Lookin’ good Mark. Here’s the link to the Materials download section on the Kerky web site.

Scroll down a little ways and you will find the Basic Glasses Library. That is what I used on my quick rendering of the cabinet. There are different glass materials in the library to play around with. Just replace the SU material with the one from the Kerky library. Let me know if you need help.

I believe you will have to register to have access to that area. Not to worry. I hardly ever get any emails from the Kerky folks.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 04:21 AM

You guys are so far out of my league. I’m still trying to figure out plugins. Thanks for all the links and such.

-- tim hill

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 02:01 PM

I’m a slow learner as far as computer is involved, but I know they are beautiful sketches.
I feel out of place! LOL.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 01:45 AM

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